New senior pastor appointed at UUMC!

We are pleased to announce that a new pastor has been appointed to serve at University United Methodist Church. Rev. Diane Kenaston will begin serving as senior pastor at UUMC on July 1 following Rev. Jill's departure.

Rev. Diane is the solo pastor at Crossroads United Methodist Church (Waverly, WV), a growing church that is passionate about mission in the local community and worldwide. Her previous ministry experiences include internships at large downtown congregations, bilingual (Spanish/English) congregations, and an outreach in Atlanta, Georgia to people who are homeless. 

She has her Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  At Candler, she studied under former University UMC pastor Dr. Tom Frank.  Previously, she earned a B.A. in Spanish, International Studies, and Leadership from the University of Richmond in Richmond, VA.

Rev. Diane's passions include justice, mission, theology, intergenerational ministry, multi-cultural ministries, and worship, from collaborative worship design to preaching and presiding.  Her spiritual gifts include administration, leadership, teaching, and preaching.  For the past six years, she has used these passions and gifts as a board member of the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women (GCSRW), where she is the human resources chairperson for this global United Methodist agency.

Her husband, Dr. Adam Ployd, is the Assistant Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Eden Theological Seminary. He will be commissioned as a provisional deacon in the West Virginia Annual Conference this summer.  Rev. Diane will be ordained an elder at the same conference session.  Rev. Diane and Adam are two of the founding members of the West Virginia Reconciling Ministries Movement for LGBT equality.  

For fun, they love to hike, spend time with their dogs, and eat whatever Adam is cooking.  After a year of long-distance marriage, they are especially looking forward to lessening their nine-hour commute as Diane leaves West Virginia for St. Louis.

We look forward to welcoming Rev. Diane and her husband to UUMC on July 1.