REVEREND JANINE PLUM
Pastor Janine describes herself as a “cradle Methodist,” because she was baptized, confirmed, married, and baptized her three children all at Trinity UMC in Flint, MI. Yet she didn’t feel a call into ministry until 1999. She explains, “that’s when I realized I could talk to Jesus as a friend, comforter, counselor, and teacher and he became a very real presence in my everyday life.”
In response, she took a position as a local pastor at Richfield UMC as she pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Family Counseling. Then later she headed to Asbury Theological Seminary to obtain a Master of Divinity degree, to equip herself to be on track for being ordained into membership as an Elder.
Since being appointed as our Pastor in 2015 and completing that degree remotely that same year (no small feat), Pastor Janine has had one main focus. As she puts it, “We’re not about attracting members and filling seats, but instead we are about making true Christ followers.” In fact she is so passionate about this work, that this fall Pastor Janine will begin to pursue her Doctor of Ministry degree in Spiritual Direction.