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Meet the Pastor
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
My name is Pastor Valerie White and I am excited about joining the family at the Seneca Falls United Methodist Church! I’m writing to introduce myself and to share some of my spiritual focus as we begin serving the Lord together.
My husband Rob and I have been married for 36 years. We live in a big, old farmhouse that we bought 34 years ago on ten acres of land just outside of Auburn. Since retiring from Cayuga County Mental Health, Rob does a great deal of organic gardening (in season). We are the proud parents of two adult children. Our son Scott and his wife Brooke live north of Chicago. They are expecting their first child in October! Our daughter Colleen and her husband Keith live in Buffalo.
I earned both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Health Education from SUNY Cortland and worked for 25 years in Public Health Education before finally heeding God’s call to enter the professional ministry in 2007. That year, I was appointed to serve the Weedsport First UMC and St. Andrew’s UMC in Mottville (north of Skaneateles) half time. I served that charge for the past ten years as a Licensed Local Pastor. I also attended seminary part-time at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and graduated this year in May with a Masters of Divinity degree.
I love to sing, read, take walks, go canoeing, and spend time with family and friends.
My primary goal as a pastor is to help persons of all ages and diverse backgrounds come to know, love, and follow Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. This passion flows from my own relationship with the Risen Lord and my conviction that authentic Christian discipleship offers the healing, hope, and eternal happiness that this broken world craves.
To that end, I believe we are called to proclaim the good news that “The kingdom heaven has come near” (Matt. 10:7) through innovative ministries of nurture, outreach, and witness that allow us to make disciples of Jesus Christ and “be God’s love with our neighbors in all places.” Such ministries must include and engage the children and youth of our community especially.
As we enter this time of transition, please know that you are in my prayers. Any change – even those that are wonderful and which we celebrate – is experienced as loss. I am reminded of this truth myself as I say goodbye to the churches with whom I have deeply bonded over the past decade. Yet, I am convinced that this change is God’s idea! And God’s words to St. Paul still apply: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12: 9).
I look forward to meeting and growing in faith and friendship with you!
In Christ’s love,
Valerie White Pastor
 Mission statement of the Upper NY Conference of the UMC at: http://unyumc.org/.
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