BELFAIR COMMUNITY CHURCH INSTALLS NEW PASTOR

Pastor Jamie Pic for Article (final)The public is invited to the installation of Rev. Jamie McCallum as Pastor of Belfair Community Church at 3 pm, Sunday, February 21. The church is located at 23300 Highway 3, Belfair. Patti Duckworth of the American Baptist Churches of the Northwest will preach, including sharing scriptural responsibilities of both pastor and congregation. The formal program will be followed by refreshments.

Pastor McCallum has been serving the church since moving to North Mason in August 2015. She previously served as an associate pastor and youth minister in Texas, and two years as a missionary in the Middle East (Egypt and Syria). She is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Interdisciplinary Studies (Social Work, Cross Cultural Ministry, Spanish), and Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, with a Master of Divinity.

Pastor McCallum indicated that her 95-year-old grandfather, retired Baptist minister, has been her role model since she was a child. “He’s my pillar of wisdom and strength,” she said. After serving in campus ministry and overseas, she felt a personal call to pastoral ministries in 2011, and says that preaching God’s Word and ministering to others gives her great joy.

Pastor McCallum’s pathway to pastoral ministries has not been entirely easy. As a single female, she had some concerns, which extensive study of scripture, a clear call from the Lord, and affirmation from others helped her overcome. She was ordained to the gospel ministry in December 2012 at First Baptist Church of Waco, TX. She has a deep love for the Lord’s church and continued to pray for a way to take that love and find her place of service.

Now that she has been here a few months, Pastor McCallum says, “Life in the Northwest is slowly making this Texas transplant crave seafood as much as Mexican food, root for the Seahawks as much as the Cowboys, and replace ‘y’all’ with ‘you guys’ in my daily vocabulary!  I am so thankful God has brought me to Belfair Community Church, and to Mason County, as well.  I sense we have some very exciting, life-giving years ahead!”

Diane Evans, chair of the church’s Pastoral Search Team, described the search experience as “totally awesome watching God’s hand at work in this process, until it became abundantly clear that Pastor Jamie was the one!” Search member Michael Dekker said the committee determined to be in unanimous agreement before presenting a candidate to the church for a vote. That recommendation came last spring, with the church hearing her preach and voting in June. Mike Sammons, another member of the search committee, said, “She is a very warm-hearted person with an obvious fire for God.” Grant Butler called her “a strong, capable and faithful servant of God.” Other members of the committee were Lisa Eddy, Andy Withers and John-Michael Snyder.

In her down time, Pastor McCallum likes hiking in the local area and the Olympic Mountains, biking, kayaking in Hood Canal and cheering on the Baylor Bears.

News Release & picture Submitted by Linda Thomson