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Her experience of growing up immersed in the exceptional music ministry of First UMC, Anderson, IN, influenced Nancy Webb’s call to ministry and prompted her to join The Fellowship years ago. Now retired, Nancy first served as a Consecrated Lay Worker (Director of Christian Education) for four years, followed by 35 years as an appointed United Methodist pastor in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference. Nancy continues to serve as a member of the steering committee for BWARM (Baltimore-Washington Area Reconciling Methodists). Last July she completed her term as chair of the Baltimore-Washington Conference Commission on Disability Concerns. She also participates in a retired clergy study group that reads and discusses books addressing current social issues from a theological and biblical point of view.
As she reflects on her ministry, Nancy is thankful for her ability to identify and empower the gifts of laity. Since macular degeneration has compromised her vision since childhood (all of her lessons were read aloud from the 7th grade through college and two seminary degrees), each of her rural and urban congregations provided readers and drivers. Nancy and her congregations bear witness that many gifts and one Spirit do become the Body of Christ. Two favorite worship resources are The United Methodist Worship and Music Planner and The Common English Women’s Bible (2016).
She wishes both clergy and laity understood that The Fellowship benefits not only church musicians, dancers, and artists, but also pastors. Nancy envisions church staffs that know the richness of working collegially and where all are enriched through mutual respect and collaboration. In addition, Nancy treasures both immediate and long-term benefits of Fellowship convocations where all join in song and story.
Nancy Webb personifies how one with limited sight provides powerful vision and leadership to a church whose mission is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.