reverend kent h. little - lead pastor
I was a senior in high school sitting at the dinner table with mom and dad. I suppose in preparation for my impending launch into the “real world,” dad said, “You know son if you want to attend some other church that is fine with me,” dad was a United Methodist pastor, “or even if you do not want to attend, it is up to you.” Words I heard as freedom to which my mom replied, “That is true, but if you do not go to church on Sunday you don’t do anything else that week either.”
It was always a grace-filled tension I experienced as a PK, Preacher’s Kid, mom and dad both allowing the freedom to become all the while encouraging me to be grounded in the church. We moved from community to community over the years and finally out from under their roof I did take a short sabbatical from church life, but ultimately came back to my roots.
I married TruDee and we raised a family of two boys. Journeying in community and family, encountering all the ups and downs of life, struggles and joys, hard times and celebrations brought me to a call to ministry. It was a long process of becoming; one of my favorite Seminary Professors describes the “Call to Ministry” a lot like throwing up, “You can put it off for a while but sooner or later it is going to happen.” I believe my family experience and the love and encouragement I received in that atmosphere as well as the broad diversity of communities and people I have encountered and served has informed my progressive theology and brought me with purpose and grace to where I am today.
I entered college in 1991 and was appointed to my first church as a student pastor the summer of 1992. I have served a total of seven churches and encountered a wide variety of good and faithful communities of faith along the way. I believe in hindsight it was a journey of preparation; preparation that ultimately has brought me to this special, safe, and sacred space and place.
I have long held College Hill United Methodist Church as the way church is supposed to be; Open, Welcoming, and Inclusive; a place where Love is the rule rather than the exception. It is a continued humbling experience to be Senior Pastor in a place so committed to the Way;
Wise in the Ways of the Spirit, Bold in the Ways of Justice and Graceful in Relationship with all of Creation. I hope you will join us for the College Hill UMC experience; we are Not Your Ordinary Church!
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