Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Conference Director of Young People’s Ministry

Audrey Wilder will assume the role of Director of Young People’s Ministries on July 1, 2014.

Rev. Mike Bealla is pleased to announce the addition of Audrey Wilder to the Connectional Ministries Team staff, as Director of Young People’s Ministry. She will follow the Rev. Warren Bevacqua who left the position last January on medical leave. Audrey will begin this half-time position on July 1, 2014.

Audrey says she is excited to become a part of the great ministry God is doing in and through the Susquehanna Annual Conference. She moved to Hershey with her husband, Jack, in 2011, after he took a job with The Hershey Company. Audrey was born and raised in Burlington, North Carolina and is a lifelong United Methodist. After serving as President of her youth group, she went on to major in Religion at High Point University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and with all university and departmental honors.

Recognizing her passion and calling for youth ministry, Audrey enrolled in Duke Divinity School, where she received her Master’s in Divinity with a certificate in Christian Education. She has served two previous churches as the Children’s and Youth Minister. She most recently served as the Director of Youth Ministries at First UMC, Hershey.

Audrey has been involved in several areas of ministry in the Susquehanna Conference, serving on both the Young People’s Ministry Council and the Board of Ordained Ministry.

Jack and Audrey recently added another member to their family. Flynn Wilder was born  on March 2. In her now more limited spare time, Audrey enjoys drinking coffee, reading, and photography.

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