The Tuscola United Methodist Church is pleased to welcome Pastor Terri Haas to their congregation.
Haas was born in Alabama, though she grew up mostly in Florida where her father was a United Methodist minister. She received her bachelor’s in music education and spent five years teaching middle school chorus, dance, and drama while working part-time as a choir director for a local Methodist church.
“I fell in love with church ministry and eventually went on to work full-time as a Worship Arts Director for a large church in The Villages, Fla.,” she says.
In 2013, she received a call to pastoral ministry and moved to Massachusetts to attend Boston University School of Theology where she received her Masters of Divinity in 2016. While at BU, Haas served as the assistant minister in Chatham First United Methodist Church on Cape Cod.
“I was not sure which United Methodist Conference I wanted to apply to after school, but my advisor, a former member of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference which encompasses central and southern Illinois, encouraged me to meet with representatives from the conference when they attended the school,” she said. “After a short meeting with the representatives, I knew that God was calling me to move sight unseen to Illinois!”
After graduation, I moved to Salem, where she served at Salem Trinity United Methodist Church and Iuka United Methodist Church.
“This April, I received a call from my District Superintendent telling me that they had an amazing appointment for me in Tuscola, and I moved in officially on June 28,” she said. “So far, I absolutely love Tuscola. It is the perfect mix of the types of small towns I grew up in with the amenities of a larger city close by. Everyone I have met has been incredibly friendly and welcoming, and my mission over the next month is to meet with as many town leaders as possible to find out their visions and hopes for Tuscola’s future.”
Haas says it is an exciting time for the Methodist church as they are currently in the process of hiring a new youth director.
“I am hopeful that we will continue to grow our youth ministry,” she said. “I am also passionate about young adult ministry and am looking to beginning a young adult program in the coming months. You will see a lot of my background in music, dance, and drama in worship. I enjoy implementing creative worship that allows people to experience God with all of their senses. I still love music, drama, and dance and working with children and teenagers. I also love hiking, trail running, and generally being outside. I am passionate about strong, active worship, community outreach, and the power of prayer.”