Welcome to our new Pastor Robyn starting in July

Greetings in the name of our Risen Lord.  I am so excited to meet you all one day soon and to become your pastor.  I have been asked to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself.  I was born and raised in Iowa, the daughter of a United Methodist pastor and a homemaker-advocate for Asian orphans.  I graduated from Denison Community High School, then attended Westmar College where I met and married my husband, Terry.  Together we earned our Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion (Quaker) in Richmond, IN.  While living in Indiana, I served as the Associate Pastor/Director of the Wesley Foundation at Ball State University.  One of the great joys of this ministry was helping organize and accompanying college students on mission trips and deputation teams that traveled throughout the Conference witnessing to the faith in word and song.

Upon returning to Iowa, Terry and I co-pastored the Geneseo & Garrison Churches in the Northeast District.  Later, I served the Nichols Parish (Nichols-Conesville-Cedar Valley) and the Spangler Chapel-Peace Parish near Muscatine.  I have spent much of my ministry working in settings outside of the local church, specializing in the care of bereaved and traumatized persons of every age.  I am the Founder and past Director of Rick’s House of Hope for Grieving and Traumatized Children located in Davenport, Iowa.  I have earned my Grief Studies Certificate from the Center for Loss and Life Transition (Dr. Alan Wolfelt) in Fort Collins, Co and am certified by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC).

While pastoral care is a passion, teaching and speaking are important ministries to me as well.   I am considered a thoughtful and inspiring speaker.  I have been blessed by wonderful opportunities, such as speaking for the National Hospice Organization’s Symposium, the Alabama State Hospice Association and the TLC Trauma Practitioner’s Assembly to name just a few.

Music is also a life-long passion.  One of the great joys of my life was singing in the Westmar College Chorale.  I also cherish the memory of singing “Love in Any Language” for the United Methodist Congregation in Tallinn, Estonia. For the last ten years (and four years in the late 1980’s) I sang with the Waterloo Mother’s Chorus.

I am currently serving the Plainfield United Methodist Church.  I live in Reinbeck, Iowa where Terry serves as pastor.  Terry will be appointed to serve the Carroll UMC as of July 1.  We have two adult children.  Amber and her son Noah (11) will be moving to Carroll in August.  Richard “Richie” is a disabled adult who lives and works in Waterloo.  You may be interested to know Amber and Richie were both born with congenital heart defects.  Our family has walked a similar journey as those served by Tori’s Angels.  We know how important those Angels are!

I am so looking forward to being your pastor and companion on your walk with God.