We are so excited to share with you the awesome news that we have a new Director of Youth Ministries! Amanda Hodge will be joining us in September to lead our Youth Ministry into the future by engaging current and new students to connect with God in Jesus Christ. As a church that puts love first in everything we do, living into our mission of inviting, forming, and sending active followers of Jesus, we needed someone who also puts God’s love as the primary guiding principle in her life, and we found her!

Amanda Hodge was born on Whiteman Airforce Base in Missouri. After her father retired from the military and relocated the family to North Carolina, Amanda was introduced to church by being invited to be a part of a local youth group. Ever since that time, she has been passionate about helping Youth Ministries lead others down the same path that has enriched her own life.

Amanda has led a variety of Youth Ministries at churches in North Carolina and Michigan, as well as on campus during her undergraduate studies at Chowan University. Amanda has many other skills and gifts that she brings to the role, including a degree in Business Administration and, most recently, event planning experience at the University of Colorado in Denver. Amanda is delighted to bring all of these talents, as well as her passion for serving youth, to First United Methodist Church.

The Holy Spirit has truly been at work in our discernment and in Amanda’s discernment as she and her husband, Jon, have decided to transplant their family and their lives to the St. Cloud area so that Amanda can lead the youth ministry and they can be a part of our church. She has two children, Grayson (15) and Audrey (4). It has been a whirlwind of a summer for all of us, and we are so grateful to be welcoming Amanda to our Staff Team this September!

We encourage you to to be praying for the Hodge family as they move from Colorado, and to welcome all of them with open arms when they arrive!

Rev. Leah Rosso          Kevin Schatz
Lead Pastor               Chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee