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Meet our Interim Minister, Nancy Sehested

On May 26th the congregation approved Rev. Nancy Sehested as our part-time interim minister. This commitment involves twenty-five hours per week. She has agreed to a six-month contract, which can be extended in additional three month increments as needed. Sunday July 7th will be Nancy’s first worship service with us, and that afternoon at 4pm there will be a HCUCC picnic gathering at Bernie and Sondra Edwards home to welcome Nancy and to get better acquainted.

Nancy is presently serving as one of three co-Pastors of Circle of Mercy church in Asheville. Circle of Mercy is affiliated with the UCC and also with the Alliance of Baptists (the liberal group). She will soon be retiring as a Chaplain at the Marion State Prison located in North Carolina. For over seventeen years she has served as the Pastoral Leader of Shekinah Gathering, a house church that meets regularly in the Boone Area. Some of you may recall that Nancy was involved in a program that was held several years ago here at HCUCC. The evening featured readings of prison related poems by author Joseph Bathanti and a presentation by Nancy related to her work in prison ministry.

As a Baptist preacher she follows her father and grandfather’s vocation. She became a founding member of Southern Baptist Women in Ministry in 1983. She was also a founding member of the Alliance of Baptists in 1987. In 1987 she accepted the call to pastor Prescott Memorial Baptist Church in Memphis, Tennessee. The church was swiftly “disfellowshipped” from the Shelby County Baptist Association for calling a woman as pastor. She served that church as their pastor for eight years.

Nancy’s sermons and writings have appeared in a variety of publications. She has preached and lectured at seminaries and denominational gatherings across the country, including the wellknown Chautauqua Institute in New York. Nancy carries a wealth of experience with her as she assumes her duties with us. She has thirty years of pastoral experience, and she has had a week-long Interim Minister training. She is familiar with our congregation and understands our progressive faith experience. She brings a commitment to diversity and justice issues. She offers stable and steady leadership as we progress through our transition.

She is married to Ken Sehested, founding director of the Baptist Peace Fellowship of North America. Ken is another co-pastor of Circle of Mercy. They have two daughters. We welcome Nancy, appreciate her willingness to serve as our interim and look forward to sharing in the gifts that she brings to us as we transition.

 

Note: this was originally published June 9, 2013 @ 10:32. It is being re-posted so it stays front page news longer!