Dear St. Paul's Friends,
The Staff-Parish Relations Committee is delighted to share that Bishop LaTrelle Easterling has appointed Rev. Dr. Patricia Allen as the new senior pastor of our congregation.
The SPRC will be hosting a cake & punch welcome reception for Pastor Pat following the 10:30 worship service on Sunday, January 5 in the Octagon. All friends of St. Paul's are welcome.
As a United Methodist Church, we are part of an appointment system. Our congregation’s staff parish relations committee has met with the district superintendent, Rev. Gerard “Gerry” Green, and Bishop LaTrelle Miller Easterling to identify our congregation’s needs and the needed skills in a pastor. We have also met with Pastor Pat to get to know her and to ask questions.
Pastor Pat has been in ministry since 2007. She has previously served churches in Glen Burnie and Oxon Hill, MD. She earned her Doctor of Ministry degree in May 2019 from Wesley Theological Seminary, her Masters in 2005 from the Howard University School of Divinity, and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1979 from the University of Illinois.
During her tenure as pastor in Oxon Hill, she led the church in developing a partnership with La Iglesia Metodista San Pablo in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She also developed a relationship with District IV and VII of the Prince George County Police, partnered with the local library for special events, and hosted National Night Out. She led other community partnerships including the South Prince George County Youth Coalition, Glassmanor Community Center, and Oxon Hill Food Pantry.
Pastor Pat Allen has been married to her husband Ed for close to 34 years and has two adult sons (one deceased), two adult daughters, nine grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. When not working, she loves to read, bake, write, and spend time with family and friends.
Our new pastor will work with us and the conference so that we continue to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.