Rev. Donna Galloway serving Morenci United Methodist 08.11.2010

Written by David Green.

galloway.donna.jpgMaybe it was just meant to be, says  Donna Galloway, the new pastor at Morenci’s First United Methodist Church. After all, it happened too quickly for any planning—either on her part or from the church hierarchy.

Donna served as a pastor with the Salvation Army for more than 20 years, working in five U.S. cities plus Zambia. Eventually she stepped out of the ministry, settled in Hubbard Lake near her hometown of Alpena, and began attending a Methodist church.

Once her children were grown and off on their own or in college, she and her husband, Ted, talked about what would come next in their lives.

“We need to get back to the ministry,” Donna said.

The Galloways had always worked as a team in the Salvation Army, and after Ted became disabled in an accident, Donna was hesitant to go it alone.

After a friend helped her work through that reluctance, she started the process of becoming ordained through the United Methodist Church.

In late June she was called for an interview and she expected to hear back from headquarters within the usual 60- to 90-day period for placement at a church.

Instead, the very next day she was called to meet with a committee at the Morenci church. Both she and the committee decided Morenci might make a good fit and then Donna received another surprise: She was to begin serving the next week, July 1.

After that “instant” assignment, the Galloways are still in the process of moving their 12-year accumulation of possessions to Morenci.

Donna said her job here is officially considered part-time, but that doesn’t really mean much to her.

“I’ve never done anything half way,” she said.

Although she’s worked in cities including Chicago, Detroit and Grand Rapids, Donna says she’ll take a small town any day because of the sense of community that it provides.

The Galloways have a grown child in Alpena and another in Hubbard Lake. Their third daughter will soon begin her senior year at Grand Valley State.

In her free time, Donna enjoys writing, photography and flower gardening. She’s also intrigued with antique tables and chairs, and the stories behind them.

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