Wesley UMC welcomes its new pastor, Rev. Beverly Stenmark. Many in the Wesley community may already be familiar with Beverly as she grew up in Thompson Methodist and then Wesley UMC. It was Wesley Church that sent her into full time pastoral ministry. She received her MDiv from Andover Newton Theological School in 1993 and was ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in June 1992.
From 1990 until 1997, she served as the pastor of the Myricks United Methodist Church in Berkley Massachusetts. After finishing seminary, she also served as Chaplain at United Methodist Elder Care in East Providence.
In 1997, she moved to the North Kingstown United Methodist Church and served there for 11 years until her appointment as District Superintendent of the Mid Maine District in 2008. While in North Kingstown, she was part of the response team for the Station Night Club fire and then also a task force to set up training for pastors to respond to community disasters. She also administered and worked on an interfaith grant related to domestic violence to provide awareness and training for churches and pastors.
For the past 8 years, Beverly has served as the District Superintendent in Mid Maine, working with 69 churches of varying sizes and locations. This ministry provided the opportunity to help churches network and share ideas on how they are doing ministry. Additionally, there was the opportunity to study and work on ways that churches are responding to God’s call to be in ministry in a rapidly changing world.
Worship that is experiential and helps people connect with God is important to Beverly as is growing and going deeper in our faith. She considers it a sacred trust to be invited into the places in peoples’ lives where God’s love is needed.
Beverly has two sons and 5 grandchildren. One of the exciting things about being in Rhode Island is the opportunity to be close to the grandchildren who live in RI and closer to the ones living in New Hampshire.
She looks forward to renewing acquaintances with people she knows and meeting and connecting with new people. At the same time, it is important to remember that it has been 25 years since she has been involved with this congregation and we have all changed in those years, so it will be important to be open to new relationships and learning how to be in ministry together.