Dear Scottsburg United Methodist Church family,
…JUST A NOTE FROM THE SHEPHERD
Brothers and Sisters of Scottsburg UMC Greetings, I am looking forward to being with you soon, this is a time of excitement and anticipation not only of a new placement but more people to love and to minister to. It is my belief that worship is something you do each day and bring with you as we gather and is central to ministry, mission, and community along with spiritual practices and I am looking forward to meeting you there as we embark on this journey together. I am also looking forward to however you celebrate the arrival time. I especially want to celebrate Pastor Greg and his sharing with me about what a loving church you are. I also would like to personally thank Pastor Greg who has been very kind to me and in being helpful to make sure this time of transition is as comfortable as can be. It is always a little difficult leaving one ministry and beginning another. Spiritually the grief is compared to losing a spouse and yes there are tender moments now with tearful goodbyes in my present appointment. We all understand the concept of a time and a season.
I refer to myself as Shepherd rather than Pastor though the meaning is the same from its Latin origins. The Shepherd’s duties are to Love, Guide and Protect the flock entrusted to them.
Just a little about me, I grew up on a small farm in western Kentucky east of Owensboro with my parents and two sisters. We lived near many aunts, uncles, and cousins of my mom’s family who were all members at a United Methodist church just a mile from the end of our drive. I live life simply as I can, though we all probably know how complicated it gets sometimes. My education through high school was in Kentucky and I did my Bachelor of Humanities with a double major in Indiana. My Masters in Divinity with an emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling was here in Indiana along with completing a Spiritual Care Specialist certification through the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. I attended Billy Graham’s School of Evangelism in Dallas, Texas. I was ordained in 1996 in the General Baptist Denomination and have been serving the United Methodist since 2000. I’ve worked as a Chaplain with Welborn Healthcare Systems and IU Health in a couple of locations. I have also been Chaplain in some smaller regional hospitals and jails with addiction ministries and worked with sexual offenders and a United Methodist nursing home Glenburn in Linton, Indiana. I’ve served in churches in the northern and southern portions of the state.
Even though I am here now, I will be with you soon! My son Jon keeps me encouraged by telling me, “Dad, it’s just more people to love.” And you know what– he’s exactly right. I hope you are blessed in your time of saying your goodbyes to Pastor Greg as he prepares for his next chapter in the life of his ministry. As I close may peace, grace, and joy be yours. Blessings to you of love, light, and life, Shepherd Bill Talbott