Greetings to my Mount Zion Church Family,
Often the question poised to congregations when recommending candidates for ordained ministry to ask if themselves if they would support that candidate as their own pastor. Twenty five years ago, Jacki, Brittany and I walked into Westminster UMC. Little did we know at that time that I would enter into ordained ministry and let alone twenty five years later be offered a position to serve as her Lead Pastor. On Sunday, March 1, the announcement was made in worship that the Baltimore Washington Conference of the UMC Bishop and Cabinet are appointing me to serve at Westminster UMC which means that effective June 30th, 2015, I will cease to be the Lead Pastor of Mount Zion United Methodist Church. Our Staff Parish Relations Committee is in conversation with the Central Maryland District Superintendent, Rev. JW Park on seeking a new pastor for Mount Zion; it is hoped that we will have a confirmation of my successor in a couple of weeks when an announcement will be made in worship. Between now and July, let us covenant to pray for those appointed to serve during this transition, our leadership core and the people of Mount Zion and Westminster United Methodist Churches. May God enlarge their territory and bless their ministries as together we continue to “touch lives for Jesus Christ” and “Being disciples ... making disciples.”
Relax, Rejoice and Enjoy the Journey,
Rev. Malcolm R. Stranathan"