Westlake United Methodist Church introduces new senior pastor
Bishop John L. Hopkins, Resident Bishop of the East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, has appointed Reverend Mollie Gordon Brown to Westlake United Methodist Church as its new senior pastor.
Rev. Brown previously served at Sharon Center United Methodist Church near Medina, and was an executive in the corporate world prior to being called into ministry. Her transition came about through a strong calling from God. She sensed that her gifts of leadership, strategic visioning and administration, which she was using as an active layperson, could be used for something more. Prayer and reflection then put her on the path to ministry. As a second-career pastor, Rev. Brown knows what it is like to sit in a pew and her worship style and faith development are inspired by that perspective.
A Virginia native, she received her bachelor's degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and her Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton. Rev. Brown has served on the District Finance Committees of both the Canal District and the North Coast District of the Eastern Ohio Conference.
Thrilled to be at this vibrant and inclusive church, Brown stated, “I am enjoying and looking forward to meeting people where they are in their journey of faith.”
She is guided by her core belief that God is a God whose nature is love, who offers grace and peace and who desires to be in relationship with all of God’s creation.