I am the new pastor at Manor United Methodist Church, here in Manor Texas. In truth, I am a new pastor, having just been appointed to my first pulpit as a local pastor.
My name is Elizabeth Miller Edmiston. But I feel like we are going to develop a lovely relationship of grace and kindness, so please, call me Pastor Elizabeth, or as many call me when they want my attention, Mrs. Elizabeth.
I took a long road to get to this place in this time. And no, I don't mean I-35!
I was raised in Brinkley, Arkansas. It is almost exactly halfway between Memphis and Little Rock on I-40. It was a great town in which to be a child in the late 1960-70's. . There was a great public school, good friends for the family, and a large number of well attended churches.
My family attended Brinkley First United Methodist Church. We went to church and Sunday school every Sunday, and it was great. It was a part of life, knowing Jesus and knowing love was coming at us from Jesus, God and all the people in church. I actually earned fourteen years of consecutive perfect attendence in Sunday school. I first heard my calling to ministry in that church, after teaching K & 1st grade Vacation Bible School in the summer between my seventh and eighth grade year.
I went to college in Fayetteville Arkansas, home of the Arkansas Razorbacks. And I am still and will always be a Razorback fan, as it is my alma mater. I recieved my BSed from the University of Arkansas.
My husband, Jeff, and I met while in Fayetteville, got married and had two children, Jake and Gracie.
We have been in Texas for 20 years, and moved to Florence, to a place where we can raise goats and sheep and chickens. Currently we have three billy goats, twelve chickens and two dogs. But the plan is to get some nannies, as that is what we need to increase our herd.
Jake has three jobs and works hard at all of them. His home is very near us in Florence Texas. Gracie got married in December of 2019, and she and her husband Beau, live on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands.
My husband works for Dell. He is patient and kind and loves little babies. He has taught K & 1st grade Sunday school for over twenty years. And mostly loved it.;-)
I have served on the paid staff at three churches over the past 30 years, and volunteered for the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, other churches and PTA.
Mr. Edmiston and I like to entertain. I do the inviting, he does the cooking. We love to feed big crowds and celebrate with those who want to rejoice in the good.
God has led us to this place, in this time of Covid-19. I don't see this as a test, but as an opportunity to learn new ways to grow together, even when we are apart.