Rev. Megan Berkebile, Pastor

  

img 0831I am excited to serve as your pastor and to see what amazing things God will do in our lives. As we get to know one another, I wanted to share a little information about me. My father was a pastor; he served in the WPAUMC but moved to New Mexico, Texas, Florida, Georgia and back to PA where he served as an Evangelical Congregational Church pastor until his passing. I have an older brother, Pete, who works as a case-manager and lives in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. My older sister, Kristi, is a chaplain in the Air Force and is currently deployed to Scott Air Force Base on the Illinois side near Saint Louis. Kristi is married to Andy and they have two children Abby and Alex. My mom, Kathy, remarried in 2001 to Gary and they live in Johnstown. Through the marriage I welcomed a step-sibling, Aiden, who is married to Crystal and they live in the Blue Ridges of Georgia. My family is important to me, even though we are far apart, you can often hear me talk about them and their adventures.

In my own household, it is just my pets and I. All of my dogs are rescues. Bella is in charge of the house, she is a nine year old pointer mix but loves everyone. Ro-Ro is my protector, he is an eight year old boxer and steals everyone’s heart. Then there is seven year old Smurf, who has been trained as a therapy dog and enjoys going places and meeting new people. I also have a cat Simon, he likes to hide and avoids company. I will admit that my pets are a little spoiled but if you ever stop by the parsonage, you can always expect a cup of tea and furry greeters.

I celebrate a reunion from West Virginia Wesleyan this fall, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Education and Church Leadership. I also attended the Methodist Theological School in Ohio where I obtained my Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries. For over 5 years I worked in the behavioral health field, mostly with individuals with Autism and their families. I am a Provisional Elder in my third and hopefully final year of the residency program, seeking ordination next year. This year will be filled with lots of paperwork!

I am very active in various organizations including Jesus Adventure and Me (JAM) Camp, Disability Concerns and the Committee on the Status and Role of Women in our conference and with Kappa Phi, a Christian women’s service club for university age women and alumni. I attend the Academy for Spiritual Formation through the Upper Room and am starting my second year, I highly recommend attending Academy whether it is a three-day, five-day or even the two-year, and it has been life changing.

Over the coming months, I hope to get to know many of you. I hope that you will get to know me and I look forward to working with each of you as ministers of Fells United Methodist Church.