Rev. Michelle McKinnon-Young has been called to serve as the new lead pastor at Lake Oswego United Methodist Church.
McKinnon-Young says she practices "lifestyle evangelism," meaning she prefers to lead people to Christ by building relationships. She is the first female lead pastor that LOUMC has called, and she says she has "no agenda but to help promote programs and empower the staff to continue their work with gifts and graces," recognizing LOUMC "is a well-oiled machine."
McKinnon-Young received her Master of Divinity in 1990 from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., graduating magna cum laude, and was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church, North Georgia Conference in June 1992. Most recently, she served as the pastor in charge at First United Methodist Church in Bristol, Tenn., where she established Bristol Cooperative United Methodist Parish Association; coordinated and promoted Habitat for Humanity projects for the Cooperative Parish; and promoted congregational health. There, she also served as pastor adviser to the church-wide LGBTQ Reconciliation dialogue and education; merged two unique worship experiences into one blended worship service; and integrated professional coaching into all phases of pastoral ministry and church life.
"I want the church to be involved with life and the needs of the community," she said. "I am interested in promoting the Gospel in and outside of church. Do you like to hike? Cook? We can form partnerships to explore those things. The best Gospel is experienced by engaging the head and the heart."
Prior to her position in Bristol, she was the founding pastor from June 2011 to June 2014 of the English-speaking United Methodist Church of Prague, Czech Republic, in mission with Johnson City District of UMC and Czech District of UMC; Czech-Slovak Annual Conference, Central Europe. In this role, she implemented a university student program; developed an international English camp; and established English Club for Czech mothers and children. She also hosted and supervised International Work Teams; founded an International Choir; instructed at the Czech Pastor's School; and cultivated new and ongoing partnerships between churches in the United States and Europe.
All are welcome to attend services at LOUMC, which are held at 9:30 a.m. Sundays. The church is located at 1855 South Shore Blvd. in Lake Oswego. Learn more online at lakeoswegoumc.org or call the church office at 503-636-8423.