From the Pastor

     Thanks for letting me introduce myself.   A United Church of Christ minister,  I have been shaped by various Christian traditions.  My M. Div., for instance,  is from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and I was originally ordained as an American Baptist minister. My theology is progressive and ecumenical.  I serve now through the United Church of Christ, a progressive denomination uniquely suited for a future-oriented church.

Before entering the ministry, I taught literature and writing (16 years at Belmont University in Nashville).  During and after seminary, I gained valuable experience as a campus minister, associate pastor, and hospital chaplain.  By volunteering with various community organizations in Mobile and serving as the president of The Quest for Social Justice, I have been privileged  to work alongside many wonderful people in our community.

In 2005, my husband and I returned to my home town of Mobile after many years away.  It’s great to be back home again.  My husband, George Sims,  is also an Alabama native.  He is the Provost of Spring Hill College.   Our daughter is an attorney in  Nashville.

Called to start a new church in Mobile for those hungry for a socially responsive, intellectually engaged, spiritually dynamic Christian communion, in February 2009 I began gathering together a core group of people to support one another in the life of faith as we discern together God’s direction for us.  These dear and diverse traveling companions  share a commitment to see where God is at work in the world and to join in that work.   If you would like to know how you can join this spiritual adventure and support the beginnings of a new faith community,  I would welcome the chance to hear from you.   Feel free to contact me by email:  ellen.opentable@gmail.com and follow my weekly blog:  http://thatpreacherwoman.blogspot.com/ .

In Christ’s service,

Ellen

Rev. Ellen Guice Sims

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