A Welcome Letter from the Management Board

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Getting to Know Pastor Ginger Gaines-Cirelli booklet - Click here to read.

 

Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

We are excited and blessed to welcome the Rev. Ginger Gaines-Cirelli as the new Senior Pastor here at Foundry United Methodist Church. It is a great joy for us to begin our third century as a congregation under Ginger’s energetic and thoughtful leadership.

Several Foundry members first met Ginger last month, as she marched with the United Methodist delegation at the Capital Pride parade. Others might remember Ginger from preaching here a few years back as part of our Outstanding Preachers series. And we on the Management Board have met with her in preparation for her arrival.

Ginger communicates with warmth and demonstrates a positive leadership style. She is a good listener and a great thinker. Ginger emphasizes the importance of spiritual practices and relishes the beauty of music, poetry and even gardening. She is also a proven leader who has strengthened ministries and grown membership in the congregations where she served before.

Ginger embraces Foundry’s core values — our commitment to Christ, our emphasis on service, and our celebration of diversity. She has worked to make church a place where all are welcome.

We know Ginger supports marriage equality at Foundry, and we on the Management Board stand firmly committed to making sure that all members of Foundry can be married here. We continue to honor this congregation’s 2010 decision on marriage equality, by making our facilities available for the weddings of same-gender couples and by fully supporting our clergy who officiate at those weddings.

All of us at Foundry will get to know Ginger better in the coming months. Ginger, of course, will also get to know us better, too. She will be listening to Foundry members at house gatherings, the same way the Rev. Dean Snyder did when he first came to Foundry. Those conversations will help shape Ginger’s ministry and vision for this church, so please make sure you join us at one of those meetings.

Let us remember, as we go through this transition, that God is leading us to do great things together. We have been sent yet another great leader in Ginger, and we are excited to see where God will take us together.

Let us do all we can to welcome Ginger and her husband Anthony to Foundry Church. We are very blessed to have them with us.

Faithfully,

 

The Management Board