Pastor's first year was rewarding
In her first year as pastor of Asbury United Methodist Church in Hagerstown, the Rev. Yvonne Mercer-Staten has accomplished many of her goals, both personal and professional.
In May, she attained her doctor of ministry degree at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. Two years earlier, Mercer-Staten earned her master of divinity degree and was ordained a deacon in the United Methodist Church at the National Cathedral.
Mercer-Staten lives in Hagerstown and is joined on weekends and holidays by her husband and teenage son, who live in Rosedale, Md., while the youth attends St. Paul's School in Brooklandville, Md.
Expanding the church with a growing membership and ministries has greatly involved Mercer-Staten in her first year.
When she first arrived, Mercer-Staten said she wanted to engage the church and community in "experiencing the power and presence of God moving and operating in the lives of God's people in the church and the community."