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SPRC Announcement: Associate Pastor Julia

Dear St. John’s,

On behalf of the SPRC team, I am so excited to announce we will have a full-time Associate Pastor beginning July 1st. Her name is Julia Puac-Romero and she will be a perfect fit for our Church needs.

Below is her call story and as you will read, she shares in the same visions of our church and most importantly our passion of “creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world."

There will be more information about Julia in the next few months.

Yours in Christ,
Stephanie Worthy
SPRC

Call Story & Early Beginnings of Julia Puac-Romero

In the late summer of 1995 my mother and I boarded a one-way plane from Guatemala to head to Louisiana. It was the first time flying for both of us, but we know that on the receiving end would be my father ready to take us to the place that would become home. I was born in Guatemala, baptized into the Roman Catholic Church, and while I call Louisiana home now Guatemala will always be my home too. I grew up in Mansfield and for all of the 22 years of living in the United States have called First United Methodist Church my church home. This is the beginning of my life story, and the time line of what happened from then until now has shaped my call story, identified it, and helped refine it.

I began to hear God’s call somewhere in between the summer of my freshman year and my sophomore spring semester. After having attended various UMC young adult events and a mission trip, I had this deep passion for wanting to talk more about it and spread God’s word. I just didn’t understand how, or why, until I was sitting in the spiritual director’s office at Centenary that this passion would have a need. After I told her about my various experiences, she turned to me and asked, “Have you ever thought about ministry?” I shook my head and told her no and wrestled with the idea. I think of the call stories or Jonah in the Whale, or that of doubting Thomas when I think about my initial reaction to this question.

It was not until Bishop Hutchinson’s farewell address that I took a leap of faith; rather I had a faithful friend make sure I did not miss my chance to begin. I was greeted at the bottom of the floor with a hug from my home church pastor at the time, who had been waiting on me to answer this call.

I became fully certified as a candidate my first semester at Garrett. During my time at Garrett I have grown in my understanding of just how deep my roots to my call story are. I have had many influences: from the richness of the Spirituality shown through the songs, prayers, etc. of my African-American peers growing up, having someone who helped nourish my understanding of what it meant to be a Methodist through her own life and through wanting me to participate, to that deep embedded love and understanding of Christ as a redeemer from my mother. I have also learned that being present with people is often all that is needed in ministry, and what it means to truly listen to the grief and suffering of others through the hospital experience. My current experience in ministry has taught me how to grow in my pastoral care, and the leadership required in someone. My journey has not ended, and there is still room to grow in the love, grace, and fullness of creating disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Experience

September 2016 - present
Humboldt Park UMC, Chicago, IL
Student Pastor

September 2015 - May 2016
NorthShore University Healthcare Systems, Evanston, IL
Chaplain Intern

October 2014 - August 2015
Broadway UMC, Chicago, IL
Volunteer Music Teacher

June 2014 - August 2014
North Highlands UMC
Interim Pastor

June 2013 - August 2014
Logansport FUMC
Youth Director Intern

Education

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL
MDIV, Class of 2017

Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
BA Sociology, Class of 2014

Mansfield High School, Mansfield, LA
Class of 2010

  Be Welcomed. Be Loved.

We are a Christian community called to share our gifts through worship, witness and service so that others will know God and become disciples of Jesus Christ.

 

Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Sunday school at 9:45 a.m.

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St. John's United Methodist Church

(Note New Mailing Address)
230 Renee' Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70810

  Phone : 225-766-4594
  Email : office@stjohnsbr.org
  Office hours : Mon-Thurs, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Fri, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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