Pastor Jim BrownMeet Pastor James Brown

who we welcome as our new pastor as of:

Sunday, July 3, 2016.

Welcome Pastor Jim!

 

 

 

Please read Pastor Jim’s autobiography below:
Hello, Folks of Lancaster UMC,
Well, being a life time Methodist in some ways describes how I have gotten here in my life.
I was raised in a Christian home, my baptism was at County Line UMC. My family, when I was very young, moved to Middleport NY and this has been my home church.
Through the years there, I was always active (thanks Dad & Mom) with the Sunday school program, the children’s choir, and then growing and moving on to adult choir with my school music teacher, Stan Tinder, directing the choir for many years. I was a tenor, then later on in life a bass/baritone.
As an adult at Middleport UMC, I got involved in local missions work and helped around the church. I served on the Board of Trustees for many years, moved on to the Pastor/Parish (PPRC) Committee for a few years, and then to the Admin/Finance Committee as chair-person. I held this position through four sets of Pastors totaling more than 20 years.
My spiritual education began at Middleport UMC when I began attending congregational retreats each fall at Watson Homestead, then later moving on to Disciple Bible Study #1, #2, #3, Christian Believer, and then #4. I also teach the Disciple Bible study courses.
I have taken and completed college level courses in the Introduction to the Hebrew Bible “The Torah”- part 1 & part 2, as well as other Hebrew/Jewish on-line reading and study links. These courses have opened up the Old Testament “The Tanakh” for new understanding of the scriptures.
I have taken and completed the Certified Lay Minister course here in the Niagara Frontier and am ongoing with my candidacy process.
I was the C.L.M. at Clinton St. UMC in Lockport NY, and I also teach Bible courses at Hartland UMC on Ridge Rd. in Gasport…..then a call came from Rev. Wayne Butler, our D.S., to be a long term pulpit supply for Olcott UMC. I recently received this call from Rev. Wayne Butler.
My family is totally involved in being the “hands and feet” of Jesus the Messiah as my good wife Cheryl, has a Masters of Divinity and is a local full-time licensed Pastor at Asbury UMC on Dodge Road in Amherst.
We both do missions work as we are called, and we both serve in the Kairos Prison Ministry program. I am currently involved as the WNY Kairos Prison Rep. to Wende Correctional in Alden NY, as well as Albion Correctional as needed.
I have been trained for Collin/Gowanda Correctional. I serve on the WNY Kairos Council as Spiritual Director.
We are active in the Walk to Emmaus and the Chrysalis flights for youth in the church. I also serve on the Niagara Frontier Board of Laity and help with Catch the Spirit!
I currently hold the position of Lay Servants’ Director in the Niagara Frontier region and attend meetings in the Upper NY Conference as needed.
Who do we (Cheryl & I) have at home you ask? Well, at times, 2 grandchildren, Brandon who is 12, and Noah who is 2 years old.
Our current dog is Duncan a NOISY Basset hound, Kaz the cat (good mouser) and an adopted “fat cat” named Snowflake who we found at a shelter. When I asked about “the fat cat” the shelter people said that nobody wants a “fat cat”! I asked how long she had been there, and they said they were taking bets on how long ‘til someone adopted her! When I heard she was already there for 6+ months, I said, “We’ll take her!” Well, she is now slimming down…under much protest, but she is more active now!
I have a sister who is handicapped. Her name is Judy, and she resides with Opportunities Unlimited in the Niagara Falls/Tonawanda area. Judy was adopted at birth and is 4 years younger than me. She loves going to church and has served with Meals on Wheels.
We have a small farm in the country where we raise chickens, ducks, rabbits, and work with the Erie County SPCA when they have abundance of farm animals taken into shelter.
We also volunteer at Old Fort Niagara on weekend events and we are in charge of the field kitchen when large re-enactments are scheduled. We feed 650-1000 people daily for breakfast for the 3-4 days, plus evening events as well during the winter months there.
Both my good wife, Cheryl and I are historically minded. So don’t be surprised if I show up “in strange clothing” some Sunday!!???
God Bless You all!
James Brown