NASHVILLE, Tenn. | GBOD - The Rev. Pamela Dawn Chesser, an ordained elder in the Holston Conference, became Director of Preaching Ministries at the General Board of Discipleship on Jan. 1, according to MaryJane Pierce Norton, Associate General Secretary for Leadership Ministries at GBOD.
Chesser was chaplain at Hiwassee College and pastor of the college chapel, Buckner Memorial United Methodist Church in Madisonville, Tenn.
"The GBOD has a deep commitment to supporting the preaching ministry of The United Methodist Church through our on-line resources with staff who are skilled in preaching, but more importantly skilled in listening to those entrusted with preaching week-by- week and with leading and teaching others," Norton said. "We believe Rev. Chesser brings passion, knowledge and commitment to the position of director of preaching ministries."
Chesser, who has a passion for the United Methodist Church's historic balance between sacramental commitments and evangelical witness, said she intends to collaborate with and learn from pastors across the denomination..
"Our Wesleyan heritage calls us to preach discipleship leading people into a serious engagement with our holy texts and inviting a commitment to living in Christian community," she said.
Chesser, who lives in Oak Ridge, Tenn., previously served in the Northern Illinois Conference as pastor of Christ UMC in Algonquin, Ill.; Church of the Three Crosses in Chicago and Christ UMC, Lockport, Ill. She also served as associate pastor at Downers Grove UMC, Downers Grove, Ill.
She is a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and is a doctoral candidate at Garrett-Evangelical with a major in liturgical studies.
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