Profiles

Pastor Mary Johnson

I’m Pastor Mary Johnson, and I’m excited to have a one-year appointment at Vincent UMC as your interim pastor.  I’ve served God as a member of the clergy for more than thirty years, in churches that ranged in size from a dozen to more than a thousand members; from Florida and Georgia to central New York, Ohio, and Michigan; and, for the last half-dozen years here in Minot.    Many years ago I received special training in interim ministry, and I love doing interim ministry, with the challenges of helping congregations see how God is at work in the transitional times in their lives.

Transitions are hard but exciting.
We will trip up on hidden expectations.  This is particularly true because I’m not a United Methodist but rather an Episcopal priest, albeit one with a deep appreciation for the ministry and “methods” of John and Charles Wesley.  By the way, many Episcopalians call me Mother Mary.  But you can call me Pastor Mary or just Mary.  Young children who are taught to respect their elders when they speak can call me Mrs. Johnson if they’re not comfortable with Pastor Mary.

Maybe our theme song this year should be the beautiful, simple prayer of Richard of Chichester:

Day by day, O Lord, of Thee three things I pray:
To see thee more clearly,
to love thee more dearly,
to follow thee more nearly, day by day.

I can’t wait to get to know you and to hear your prayer-drenched hopes and dreams for this wonderful congregation!    Please feel free to contact me at  mary@vincentumc.com

HANSON-DEBORAH-197Office Manager Deb Hanson

Hi, My name is Debby (Deb) Hanson.  I am originally from Bottineau, but have lived in Minot for 27 years.  I am the Office/Finance Manager of Vincent and have held the position since 2010.  If you have any questions, please call or come in to the office and we will help you as best we can.

RUMNEY-JON-161Organist Jon Rumney

As organist, I enjoy showcasing our pipe organ.  There is a lot of variety to the literature, and a wide range of sounds that can be achieved.  It’s fun to hear the congregation respond as they sing hymns.  I consider it a team venture.  I truly believe that the quality of music can make a huge difference in worship.  The appreciation I feel from the Vincent family is a precious gift.

BALAS-MATT-166Director of United Methodist Youth Fellowship Matt Balas

My name is Matt Balas and I am the Director of the United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF).  I have had the opportunity to lead this wonderful group of youth for many years.  During our time together we participate in many fun activities including picnics, Laser Tag, ice skating, movies, lock-ins, mission trips, just to name a few.  The UMYF also supports happenings within the church including leading the annual Easter Sunrose Service, Christmas Program, and Trunk or Treat night, serving as ushers and greeters during worship services, and working at the Welcome Table food pantry.  I invite all youth in grades 7-12 to come out and be a part of the Vincent UMYF.