A Message from Amy Wolz Johnson,

proposed to Mechanicsville UMC as of June 28, 2020:

20 years ago you could find me at Mechanicsville UMC as the part time youth minister, this was from 1999-2001. Even though I was young in my mid-twenties, and somewhat unorganized (much better now with organization!), I had a heart for caring for the youth, who, like me, were searching for truth. Through my ministry with them, I sought to know truth more so I could help them to grow. Through this, I grew in my own identity and really “grew up”, claiming not only a faith in God from the foundation my parents had given me, but claiming a relationship with Christ that ended up changing my life for the good. 

I experienced a calling to the ministry through the time at MUMC, along with some other life experiences. I went to Union Presbyterian Seminary from 2002-2005. I was married during that time, and have since had three sons: Samuel is now in 8th grade at Stonewall Jackson Middle; Caleb is in 5th grade and Joshua in 2nd grade, both at Laurel Meadow Elementary School. I experienced a divorce in 2015; God’s faithfulness and healing presence was my light and life during this time, and I attest that life doesn’t always go as we plan (can anyone else relate? can I get a witness?:). I can also humbly attest that if we let God do God’s thing in our lives, we will and do find ways forward in peace and love. 

I was ordained an Elder in the UMC in 2012. I am certified as a professional chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Over these years in ministry, some of the time I have served in the churches as the pastor, and other times, in hospital chaplaincy, including being a Department Manager for two of these years. I have various crisis intervention and critical incident training, grief and loss education and experience, and church leadership training and experience. I have done some hard things and navigated tough waters with people and churches. I also passionately live from the idea the greatest learning comes from listening and being a part of each other’s lives, seeking the faith walk together, and working together as a Body of Christ for the good of the community and the mission to the world; as we are connected, this is how God intends us to be. Each of us have gifts for ministry that the world desperately needs, especially in times like this. I am currently the pastor at Central UMC, Richmond, and have been for 3 years. I have lived back in Mechanicsville since 2017.

I look forward with hope to what God will do in our ministry together, and am very excited to get to know you all, and I am already praying for you. God is the God of this, that, and then. God will continue to guide us. Take care and be especially safe during this time of COVID-19. 

In Christian love and prayer, 

Amy Wolz Johnson