The Friendly Church! Offering Christ's friendship, living as Christ's friend.
Centenary United Methodist Church
Friday, December 13, 2019
The Friendly Church

Our Pastor

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Pastor Faith
About Pastor Faith Wilkerson
 

Pastor Faith Wilkerson currently serves as the Head of School for The Wesley School in Owings, Maryland, the Senior Pastor of two vibrant congregations in southern Maryland - Centenary United Methodist Church in Shady Side and Mt Harmony-Lower Marlboro United Methodist Church in Owings, Maryland. She is also the chaplain of the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

She was ordained in the United Methodist Church in 2009 and has served at churches in Falls Church Virginia, Washington DC, Lusby Maryland, Owings Maryland and Shady Side, Maryland. 

Pastor Faith was raised in Wooster, Ohio where along with being active in community musical theater and 4-H, she attended Wooster United Methodist Church throughout her childhood years. The church had an active Sunday School, music ministry, drama group and youth group. She enjoyed attending, ringing with the bell choir and serving as an acolyte. Answering God’s call to be an ordained minister took many years of soul-searching while she set out in a seemingly opposite direction: working in broadcast media and film production. She graduated from Capital University and began work in freelance television production in Columbus Ohio, South Carolina and Los Angeles California. 

There is saying, “You can’t have a testimony without a test” which means that when most people give up, we must press on for greater purposes for the Kingdom of God. Every one of us has tests but God can turn them into testimonies. 

“I have had many tests but one that has stood out for me is believing in who God says I am versus believing in what other people say. That’s not so unique. Moses had to believe what God said instead of believing what he thought of himself. The disciples had to believe they could catch more than just fish but be fishers of all. Finding our identity as God's beloved can be hard, but this it’s the first step of our faith journey." 

Believing in the value of all persons, believing that we are accepted even though we are different is the starting point for embracing God's love in our hearts and living out our life as a follower of Jesus. For Faith, it has become a cornerstone of her leadership. “When we discover we are adopted into a redeeming love, we let go of the limiting mindset that we are too broken to be loved or worse that we are despised by God for our mistakes.” She believes it is her role as pastor to create spaces and places for all to abide in this life-changing love." 

In 2019, she helped launch the Wesley School, one of the newest Methodist educational centers where "the whole child is valued, relationships cultivated, and diversity is recognized and respected.” Soon to be opening this fall, the Wesley School is an elementary school program that builds upon our Wesleyan heritage that "to reach we must teach” She continues to lead the Kids Bible Academy, an after-school ministry that brings the Bible to life for children age 5-11. 

“Pray about everything. Worry about nothing. Walk in Faith. Find a friend for the journey. We are blessed to be a blessing."