The Staff-Pastor Parish Committee is delighted to announce that Bishop Beard and the Cabinet of the Illinois Great River Conference have appointed a half-time Associate Pastor named Brennan Hurley to our church. This appointment was necessitated by Pastor Bob’s announcement of his retirement. Fortunately, since we are Pastor Bob’s home church, he will remain a part of our congregation. However, as of July 1st, Pastor Bob will not be in a pastoral role.
Pastor Brennan will step into that pastoral role as he serves as our Associate Pastor and as the sole pastor of the Stonington United Methodist Church. We are excited by this new charge realignment and the opportunities this brings for shared ministry with Stonington UMC.
Introduction to the Hurley Family
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! My name is Brennan Hurley, and I am so excited to be the new pastor at Stonington UMC and associate pastor at FUMC Taylorville! Right now, I am finishing up my Master of Divinity with a concentration in preaching at Duke Divinity School in North Carolina. For the past four years, I have also been serving as the pastor of two small, rural churches, Pine Level First and Sanders Chapel UMCs.
You also see in this picture my wife, Jenna, and our dog, Max. What you might not see is our baby girl, Caroline, developing as we speak. We expect to meet her around July 18th, and we are so thrilled!
I grew up in Carlinville, Illinois, having visited my first United Methodist Church nine months before I was born. I was baptized as an infant in the UMC, and I worked in our conference’s camping ministry in college. All of this has affirmed the holy nudge that I am constantly receiving, that God is calling me to be a pastor, serving in the United Methodist Church.
These are strange and difficult times in the church, in our country, and in our world. People are sitting across from empty chairs at the dining room table this year. Perhaps they lost a loved one to covid-19, or maybe the turmoil in our country was so great that they could not bear to sit across from that person any longer. I believe with my whole heart that the gospel of Jesus Christ gives us good news in these times. None of us are beyond the love of God, and all of us can find peace, healing, joy, and hope in God’s goodness. You can take that to the bank.
I look forward to meeting you all and to journeying with you in faith and in life. It is my prayer that we can grow together in holiness and in love wherever God might lead us and that we would remember that even amongst change and transition and hardship, “that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.” (Romans 8:38-39, CEB)