Welcome To Our New Pastor, Rev. Brooke Pickrell
Dear Holly Presbyterian Church,
I am writing with the hope that this letter will help introduce myself to you before we meet in person. I feel surprised by God’s grace, again, and in this instance God’s grace manifested through encountering your congregation. The Pastor Nominating Committee has helped me to get to know your church a little, and what I have shared with the PNC, and with Presbytery, is that I am genuinely moved by your desire to let God lead you to where God would have you go next - and to do so with great hope.
I began the journey into ministry through hospital chaplaincy at San Francisco General Hospital. I then went to seminary at San Francisco Theological Seminary. I have served in three previous congregations: Northside Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor as solo pastor; First Presbyterian Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico as Interim Associate Pastor; and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Williamstown, Massachusetts as Youth and Campus Minister. Most recently I completed a one-year hospital chaplaincy residency at Michigan Medicine.
I am a native of Arizona, born in Nogales and raised in Tucson. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher, and have been so since 2008. I have primarily taught yoga in church settings. I love to bake, and have done so off and on professionally, and I am a great lover of trails and traveling on them, either walking or running.
I look forward to our time together this summer. My family and I are grateful to be a part of, what is for us, a new community, as we discern together what it means to love God and our neighbor. See you soon!
Rev. Brooke Pickrell