Meet Our Pastor!
Pastor Pam Harkema
As Pastor of the Driftless Regional Ministry, I serve four congregations: Faith UMC in La Farge, New Hope UMC in De Soto, Retreat UMC, and Westby UMC. While spread apart geographically, these four unique churches are bound together in their love for the Lord and their call to serve the community.
I was active in the United Methodist Church as a lay speaker and music leader for more than 20 years, and never thought I would do more than that. But God always wants us to grow. I was called to pastoral ministry in 2015 from a professional career in marketing and communications related fields. I served for three years at the Randolph and Courtland United Methodist Churches and moved to serve the Driftless area in 2018. As a Licensed Local Pastor, I am taking seminary coursework through Methodist Theological Seminary of Ohio and with the Native American Course of Study which connects me with native peoples from all over the country. I feel blessed to have the experience of such a rounded education.
Above all, I believe we are relationship people. This means we are connected to each other uniquely. We care for each other. We learn from each other. We grow in our faith when we worship God and serve together.
As God’s creation, God seeks to have an active relationship with us: Our relationship with our Creator God, with the Son Christ, and with the Holy Spirit means we are called to be humble, to listen, to hear God’s calling on our lives, and to respond with joy.
Most of the time, God calls us to take a small step each day. Every day God places a person in our path who we can uplift. Every day, God gives us an opportunity to learn something, experience something, feel something, and do something that aligns us more closely with our life purpose. What a mighty blessing that is! We are never asked to do more than God knows we are capable of doing because we are never asked to do anything alone. God is with us always.
Join us at one of the Driftless Regional Ministry churches on Sunday and walk with us on a faith journey for a connected and deeper relationship with God.
Pastor Pam Harkema