Dear Magnolia UMC,
I want to start off by letting you know how much I appreciate and love you and our wonderful community. Magnolia UMC has been a home for my family and such a blessing to me. It has been such a joy to grow in the Lord with you during my tenure as your pastor.
Last month I received and accepted an appointment to serve as the Senior Pastor at Polk Street United Methodist Church in Amarillo. This is one of the lead churches in the Northwest Texas Annual Conference, and hailing from West Texas, Sara and I feel this is a bit of homecoming for us. While we are sad to leave this wonderful church family, we are excited about serving at Polk Street UMC. The appointment is effective on March 1, 2019.
Our District Superintendent Kip Gilts, Bishop Scott Jones, and the Texas Annual Conference are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Andrew Hook to serve as the next Pastor of Magnolia UMC. Rev. Andrew Hook will begin his ministry here on March 1, 2019.
Here is a personal message from Rev. Andrew Hook:
As an Aggie, the only acceptable greeting is “Howdy!” So, to all the families of Magnolia United Methodist Church, Howdy!
I am honored to be appointed as the new pastor at Magnolia. As mentioned above, I am a rabid Aggie. I graduated from Texas A&M (Class of 2013) with a degree in History and Political Science. While I was born and raised in the Temple-Belton area, it was while living in College Station that I both met my wife Jackie and answered the call to ministry that I had resisted for many years. For that reason, I call College Station home. While Jackie and I were living there, we attended St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and we led the youth group and later started and lead a small group and bible study for college students.
After graduating from A&M, we moved to North Carolina for me to attend seminary at Duke University. While attending Duke Divinity School, I served as the pastor for a two-point charge in Spring Hope, NC serving Gibson Memorial UMC & White Oak UMC simultaneously. The challenges of learning how to be a pastor and a seminary student while trying to be a good husband were enhanced with the birth of our daughter Gemma in our first year. The challenges grew with the birth of our son Lincoln just before graduation and our upcoming move to Sugar Land.
After graduation from Duke and being commissioned as a provisional elder by the Texas Annual Conference, our family moved to Sugar Land to begin serving at Christ Church as the Pastor of Family Life. I was responsible for helping lead the children’s ministry, youth ministry, the day school, and crafting a ministry for parents as well as regular preaching duties.
My family and I are looking forward to this next chapter in ministry with the people of Magnolia United Methodist Church. I don’t know what the future holds for us together, but I look forward to serving as your pastor and seeing where God leads and what he has in store for us.
Rev. Andrew Hook
As we look forward to welcoming Rev. Andrew Hook and his beautiful family, these are the plans we have made for our transition:
February 10th is Dr. Mark Welshimer’s last Sunday to preach. (The Welshimers will still be in worship services until Feb. 24th)
February 17th is Laity Sunday with Dr. Bruce Packard preaching.
February 24th is Celebration Sunday with Rev. Gifford Long from Colinasway preaching and a special Mexican food lunch celebrating Dr. Mark Welshimer’s ministry. (Pastor Mark’s last Sunday)
March 3rd is Youth Sunday with Joshua Jones preaching. No Communion will be served.
March 6th our Ash Wednesday Service will be led by Rev. Andrew Hook.
March 10th will be Rev. Andrew Hook’s first Sunday to preach and preside over Holy Communion.
Again, thank you for being such a blessing to me and my family. We cherish our ministry with you during this season in the life of the church. Please continue to pray for me, my family, Rev. Andrew Hook, Polk Street UMC, Christ UMC, and our beloved Magnolia UMC during this time of transition.
God bless you, and take care,
Pastor Mark Welshimer