By Samantha Pidde
Herald Staff Writer
The Rev. Christine Minor-Heilig, of rural DeWitt, never expected to be the pastor of the Living Faith United Methodist parish.
“But I just really feel that God has opened doors and sometimes you’re led in ways that you certainly don’t expect or see,” Christine said.
Christine grew up on a farm south and east of Calamus. Throughout the years, she worked in a convenient store, was a head bookkeeper, operated a grocery store and took on the roles of wife and mother. Then, after 18 years of marriage, just after moving to rural DeWitt, she and her husband divorced. She said it was scary to start over.
Christine began cleaning houses to support her children and eventually heard about a part-time children’s ministries coordinator position at Low Moor United Methodist Church in 1998. In 2000, she was asked to help out in the Living Faith United Methodist parish, which currently includes Lyons, Trinity and Low Moor churches. She served as a pastorial assistant for seven years before being appointed pastor of the parish in 2007.
Christine enjoys serving those in the parish. Recently, she had a great deal of fun celebrating the 175th anniversary of Lyons United Methodist Church. The church held a parish service with the East Central district superintendent serving as guest preacher. Bells rang as people walked in and small groups sang. Approximately 133 people attended the worship service.
Christine was delighted by the turnout. She is in awe of serving in a church with such a long history.
“It’s humbling thinking of the amount of pastors that have been here and come and gone; moved on to other appointments,” Christine said. “You think of all the faithful who have given so much of their prayers and their time and commitment to this church and to it continuing.”