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Because Fellowship members Jim and Jean Strathdee made it possible for their intern and pastor to attend the 2011 convocation in Colorado Springs, the intern experienced The Fellowship on the “you had to be there” level, and The United Methodist Church gained one who answered the call to ministry at that event. While “on the mountain,” Andrew Davis first experienced the relationships that many cite as one of The Fellowship’s greatest blessings and in 2012 he enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. For him the greatest benefits of membership include those relationships and the added bonus of networking and idea sharing.
Andrew currently serves as pastor of Community United Methodist Church in Quincy, CA, where his duties include preaching, pastoral care, shepherding the church’s lay leadership, worship planning in collaboration with the music directors, participating in the church’s singing and ringing choirs and serving as co-convener of the California/Nevada Chapter of The Fellowship.
His favorite worship resources include those available through Discipleship Ministries (umcdiscipleship.org/worship), WorkingPreacher, Textweek, The United Methodist Music & Worship Planner, and The Fellowship’s WorshipArts magazine. He also finds time for theater, gardening, hiking, fishing and travel.
When asked to name a successful area of his ministry, Andrew shared the joy of journeying with others who become passionate about worship and spiritual growth as they are transformed by their relationship with Jesus Christ, Lord and Savior. In retrospect, Andrew’s motivation for joining The Fellowship in 2003 came at the suggestion of a choir director who became a mentor and knew Andrew wanted to develop skills as a musician. He wishes other leaders were aware of the many resources available through The Fellowship that include opportunities for training. As Andrew pays forward the opportunities offered to him by other Fellowship members, may every member do likewise.