Hello, fellow travelers on this journey with Christ. Mike and I are excited for this adventure where God has called us to come to be among you here in Newcastle! We are very used to adapting to new places- we have moved several times for Mike’s work and for my studies in thirty-three years of marriage. Mike is a great supporter of my call to ministry work. He also loves to participate in worship and volunteers in ministry programming. Our children were always involved in children’s and youth ministry, Sierra Service Project and summer church camp. One vivid memory of mine is of a chilly May day rafting down the Kern River in 60-degree water with a bunch of teens, shivering with cold. The rafting company had run out of wetsuits that morning! Instead, we were offered hot showers at one of their campgrounds after the second run (yes, we went down twice) down the river.
Mike and I have three grown children. Ben is 32 years old, lives in Redlands, CA with our beautiful daughter-in-law and their two children, Madelyn aged 3.5 years, and baby boy Kade, aged one. Our eldest daughter, Siobhan (pronounced Shivon) lives in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada with her husband Ron, who is a baker, and baby girl Quinn who is 20 months old. Siobhan is in a doctoral program for clinical psychology. Our youngest, Michaela, graduates this June from a Master of Social Work program at the University of Toronto. She is busily looking for work and a place to live at this point in her life.
As a family we moved to California from Waterloo, Canada in 2000. Mike’s corporate training company wanted to open satellite offices in the U.S. With the kids entering the teenage years, we thought having a dad at home a little more often would be good. Mike traveled heavily throughout the U.S. for sales calls and facilitating training programs, prior to our move to California.
I enjoy working with people of all ages and abilities. I was most intrigued and delighted by the level of dedication FUMC Newcastle has to serving the community. We seem to share the idea that healing the community is what Jesus asked us to do when he commanded we love our neighbor. One of the ways I have found to evangelize God’s love is through Messy Church. Messy Church is a family-oriented worship service that has brought much joy to one of the church communities I served. It’s a wonderful door for new families to discover the story of Jesus. But, for now, let’s just get to know one another. Join me together with the warm and welcoming FUMC community this Sunday. I look forward to building individual relationships and our community together.
Pastor Brenda Torrie