WILLIAMSTOWN -- On Sept. 1, the congregation of New Hope United Methodist Church, serving North Adams and Williamstown, will officially welcome its new pastor, Daniel Randall, appointed by Bishop Devadhar to lead the congregation.
Randall previously served as executive secretary for missionary selection and accompaniment for the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church in New York City. He oversaw the discernment, recruitment and selection process for United Methodist missionaries from around the world. His wife, Courtney, is also a Methodist minister and currently serves a two-point charge in Warren, N.J.
Randall received his master of divinity from Duke Divinity School at Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in education ministry from Seattle Pacific University. He also has completed one year of study in the master of arts in religious studies program at Rothberg International School at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.
After seminary, Randall served as a Global Ministries' missionary, along with his wife, in Latvia for two-and-a-half years, during which he worked with young adults, leadership development, local church ministry and camping ministries. They had their first child in Latvia - Ceara (pronounced K-year-a).
After Latvia, they moved to Maine where Randall served as the mission interpreter for the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the UMC.
His son, Caleb, was born in Maine.
In addition to his work with the church, Randall has often volunteered his time for disaster relief and response in such places as Uganda, Honduras, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Panama, Albania and Nicaragua. Most recently, he volunteered as a United Methodist Volunteers in Mission team leader for the earthquake recovery effort in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Randall stated that "the opportunity to join in ministry with NHUMC excites us.
"We thank God for the stories and lives - both past and present - that make a community like New Hope possible. We look forward to how God will transform our lives, transform the communities of North Adams and Williamstown, and transform the world through our deepening discipleship."
Prior to Randall, New Hope was served by Pastor Kim Kie who was appointed by Bishop Devadhar to Hedding United Methodist Church in Barre, Vt., effective July 1. The congregation said goodbye to Kie at worship on June 16. She had served the church since 2010.
New Hope holds worship services at 4 Water St. on Sundays at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome, and childcare for the youngest is provided during the Sunday services. For more information: 413-458-3183 or new-hopeumc.org.