Many of the Elders within the Free Methodist Church (FMC) serve as husband and wife teams. Kate and Leif Wallace Nunneley were ordained together at Annual Conference 2021.
As I reflect on my journey with God, I owe a huge “thank you” to my parents, who ensured that I was regularly within earshot of a Bible story or prayer. I have to think of my friend in middle school who took an evangelism class at his church and chose me to practice his newly found skills. As annoying as it was to be repeatedly asked, “Do you know where you’re going when you die?” the Sunday school lessons and these conversations came together at a camp one year. In a quiet chapel, I was overwhelmed by a feeling of love and acceptance. It became clear that all the stories I heard growing up were very real. It was then that I began my journey with Christ, realizing that he had been at work in my life long before this moment came.
How did the Spirit guide you to your current ministry and what has God called you to do through your ministry?
When I consider the Spirit’s guidance into ministry, I can’t help but see the faces of many pastors and friends that mentored me, supported me, prayed for me, served as references for me, and shared their wisdom with me over the years. My path of ministry has been a windy one, with times of elation and fulfillment and moments of heartache and exhaustion. But as I look back on the ups-and-downs of ministry, I am convinced it was all grace—that God’s goodness was in the midst of it all. All of it has prepared me for this moment where I get to serve as a hospital chaplain, walking with others on their path, pointing to the holiness in the midst of hardship.
How did you come to first be involved with the Free Methodist Church and why have you chosen to continue your ministry in the Free Methodist Church?
While in a period of transition, I decided to attend a local Free Methodist church where a friend of mine was serving as a youth pastor. I found it to be a loving, supportive place. Shortly after I started attending, the church hosted a Free Methodist History and Polity Class, and I was hooked. I feel proud to be a part of a tradition that passionately seeks equality and justice, celebrates diversity, teaches loving holiness, and maintains an ecumenical spirit. I am grateful that I have the opportunity to extend these values in the healthcare setting where I serve.