My name is Rev. Micah John Coleman Campbell, which is admittedly a mouthful, so you can call me Micah or Pastor Micah. It is my absolute pleasure to say to you that I am the new pastor of Wiccopee Community United Methodist Church. My wife, Kiren Coleman Campbell, and I were married a month ago and moved to Fishkill a couple weeks after that. Needless to say, it is an exciting time for us, full of change, as we begin our new lives together, in Dutchess County, with two lovely congregations (I also serve Fishkill United Methodist Church).
In the breaks between unpacking boxes and piecing together furniture, Kiren and I have been able to explore the area a bit and can already tell we’re going to love living here. Both of us are excited to learn about and become a part of the community, so really that’ll be one of my first emphases inside and outside church - getting to know the towns, their people, and history. Whatever you can do to help me in that would be greatly appreciated. Tell me your name, what you love about this area, where the best food is, speeding traps I should watch out for – whatever comes to mind!
In the meantime, I’ll tell you a little bit more about myself so that we aren’t complete strangers. The son of two UMC pastors, I was born and raised in United Methodist churches all over Washington state. In my humble, unbiased opinion it is the very best of all fifty states, but I’m giving New York a fair chance to win me over. I have one brother and three sisters, all of whom (Is that the right way to use “whom”? I never know.) remain on the west coast.
For much of my life I wanted to become a high school history teacher and so studied history at the University of Puget Sound. Midway through, however, I recognized my call to ordained ministry. After graduating and then doing a couple years of college ministry, I moved to Madison, NJ to earn a Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School. It was there that I met Kiren and quickly fell head over heels.
Kiren, another life-long United Methodist, grew up in Yorktown UMC, not too far from here. For the past few years, however, she’s been serving New Canaan UMC as their Youth and Young Families Coordinator.
That’s enough about us for now. If you want to know more, please don’t hesitate to ask, or join us for worship (9am) this summer. We’ll be focusing different elements of getting to know each other as a way of building a foundation for what I hope will be many years to come in ministry together. I’m very much looking forward to getting to know you.