Fayette United Methodist Church members were introduced Sunday to their new pastor, Andrea Cheeseman. She takes over the pulpit for Rev. Kathy Currier who is now serving the Church of the Messiah in Westerville.
Rev. Cheeseman, a native of Springfield, Ohio, earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts and psychology from Wittenburg University and worked as a social worker for adults with disabilities and also with low-income public housing in Cincinnati and Dayton.
She felt drawn toward the ministry since a young age, but never acted on the impulse until out of college. She then earned a master's in divinity from United Theological Seminary in May 2014 and began her career at Linworth United Methodist in Columbus. While in seminary, she served as the youth pastor at High Street United Methodist in Springfield.
Rev. Cheeseman has experience in asset based community development and in building community relations. While at Linworth, in she developed an after-school tutoring program and a community outreach program. She describes herself as passionate about missions.
Although moving from Columbus to Fayette marks a big change, Rev. Cheeseman said that she grew up in a rural area outside of Springfield.
"The neighboring houses near the parsonage are closer together than where I grew up," she said.
In her spare time, she enjoys knitting, painting, photography and learning to play her ukulele.