"You will work for me for the rest of your life."

Nov 6

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012 10:10 AM  RssIcon

That was my first day of work as the Director of Communications for the Texas Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church. I was an active lay person, but this new job presented an opportunity to use my gifts as a journalist every day for God’s glory. On that day, I heard God confirm the call to vocational ministry on my life with these words, ‘You will work for me for the rest of your life.’ I agreed, and soon began to explore seminary options.”

Originally from Houston, TX, Eleanor received a B.S. in journalism from Texas A&M University and an M.F.A. in theatre from the University of Houston. She is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree at Wesley.

“I chose Wesley because of its Urban Ministry program as well as its exploration of Religion and the Arts. I love that Wesley strives to honor the ways in which faith intersects with all other dimensions of culture. The Urban Fellows program in particular called out to me as an experience that would prepare me to collaborate in ministry that transforms the world,” Eleanor said.

Eleanor is the recipient of the Kate Cudlipp Social Justice Scholarship. “This scholarship has enabled me to concentrate on my academic pursuits at an accelerated rate. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., I worked full time and attended seminary part time. This award motivated me to take a leap of faith, move across the country, and focus solely on preparing for ministry,” she said.

Eleanor hopes to combine her passions to lead a life centered in ministry. “Faith, people and the arts are my passions. I look forward to a ministry that serves the holistic needs of people, while also utilizing the arts to help others explore and deepen their faith.”

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