Pastor Marty Williams
I am Marty Williams --your new pastor! It is my joy and privilege to serve among you, to serve with you…to join you in ministry here at Aloha UMC. Your church space has so much potential. I am excited to make the most of it.
A few things in the way of introduction---while I was born in Charlottesville Virginia I have lived most of my life on the west side of Portland…I have been in Woodburn the last two years and the previous nine in a number of cities in Wisconsin. I have also spent some time living in other parts of the NW…Connell and Bainbridge Island, WA, --Corvallis and Bend OR.
I have three grown and wonderfully launched children…daughter Niki and her husband Rene and their three children, Mya nearly 8 and twins Logan and Malia who will be 5 in August. Rene is the principal at Woodmere School in SE Portland. Niki has been a Spanish bilingual elementary teacher and currently substitutes and has a sign business called “signing in the rain”.
A son Andrew and his wife Angelique live in Santa Maria, CA where Drew works as an attorney for Shea Homes a land development company. Angelique is studying to become a nurse and they have a daughter Emma who is 15 months old.
My youngest Ben is married to Melissa. They own Rust Coffee Lounge in NE Portland which she manages and Ben is is a paramedic firefighter for the Portland Fire Department.
My parents are also in the area living in King City.
I graduated from Oregon State University and have a Master of Divinity and Doctoral degree from George Fox Seminary. This is my fifth appointment with the United Methodist Church.
I am pretty much a what you see is what you get kind of person.
I look forward to us working together to be the body of Christ, each one using the gifts given to be the church together.
As an intention interim Pastor people sometimes think I can “fix” things….they are expecting a miracle worker of some sort. My response is NO I am not…but the good news is that I know the one who is!
In other words my “magic wand” is broken but my knees still work. I will join you in being a praying people, on our knees….if not literally-- figuratively asking God to guide and direct our path into the future.
As Philippians 4:19 says…we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength…not all the things we want…but all the things that Christ has for us….Are you ready?