Rev. Kathy Carr has responded to a childhood calling into the ministry.
Carr is the new Pomaria charge as of July 1 which includes two churches: Capers Chapel in Little Mountain and New Hope in Pomaria. Both are United Methodist churches.
Prior to being appointed to the Pomaria charge, Carr was pastor at Soule Chapel in Cross Hill for a few years. She has a total of six years of ministry, despite feeling the call early in her childhood.
Prior to pastoring, Carr was an elementary school teacher and also did some directorship for the mental health services.
Carr eventually earned her Masters in Divinity from Emory.
Now she has settled into the ministry where she says she just wants to “love the people and show Christ’s love to the people so they can show Christ’s love to the community and others can know how Christ loves them.”
Carr is excited to lead the Pomaria charge and spend time at both churches and she recognizes the differences but also the unity of fellowship among the congregation.
Both are very community oriented, she says, pointing out that Capers Chapel is quite small but they are looking to grow especially with some younger people on board.
She points out that New Hope has some exciting ministries ongoing including how faithful they are to Salkehatchie Summer Camp which just happened in July.
As for preaching twice on Sunday at two different churches, Carr says that the spirit is gracious with God being full of steadfast love and mercy for the people to hear about.
While she is technically considered a part-time appointee she doesn’t just work part time. She works full force wanting to show and preach God’s love to all.
While New Hope and Capers Chapel may be considered smaller, Carr says that they are filled with eagerness to reach out to the community and show love.
Note: Carr is among the new appointees to the U.M.C. churches in the Greenwood district which includes Newberry County. While Central, Mt. Pleasant and Zion both received full-time appointees, Carr is technically considered a part-time appointee. The author regrets leaving out Carr as the fourth appointee in Wednesday’s story about the new U.M.C. pastors.