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Centenary United Methodist Church
Monday, June 17, 2019
The Friendly Church

Our Pastor

Pastor Taysie
Pastor Taysie
About Taysie Monroe Phillips ~ Pastor Taysie
I am very excited at the prospect of being your Pastor at Centenary UMC in Shady Side!
This is a big change for me—I have lived in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains, not far from Camp David for over 25 years now. But we serve a God of Change, a God of New Beginnings, a real God, and a God who loves and loves and loves. A God who wants only the very best for each one of us.
And I decided a long time ago to follow Jesus wherever He might take me. I am fully convinced that being your Pastor here at Centenary is God’s call on my life.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I was born a (ahem!) few years back in New Orleans, Louisiana. And New Orleans will always have a special place in my heart.
My family moved to Bethesda when I was 12. I graduated from Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda. I then went to Boston University for about two years, and lived in Cambridge Massachusetts for a few years after that. I went out to California, got married and had two sons. I lived on the West Coast for about 10 years. But the West Coast just never felt like home. Maryland is Home.
I came back East, went to American University’s Lucy Webb Hayes School of Nursing and graduated with a BSN. I then worked as a RN at Sibley Hospital in DC for about 25 years. I loved being a nurse, loved Sibley, loved the people I worked with. But—yes!-- God has a way of moving us around.
I started taking classes at Wesley Seminary, right down the road from Sibley, and that’s where I found my true call to go into the ministry. I graduated from Wesley Seminary in 2014 with my Master’s of Divinity. I became a Provisional Elder of the BWCUMC in 2015. Centenary will be the fourth church I’ve served.
On a personal note, I have two sons, the youngest is a special needs child. I have three grandchildren, and three great-grands, too. My youngest granddaughter, Sam, lives with me. I am a widow; my husband died in 2009 from kidney cancer.
I am quite certain that God has some challenges here for me, and I look forward to facing those challenges together with you, the people of Centenary.
Let us come to know God more together! We serve a miracle working God!
May God’s grace and peace be upon you all.
Pastor Taysie