Macon United Methodist Church
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
175 Years Of Giving God to Glory

About The Pastor

Our Pastor
Pastor Ruth Irish
Ruth Irish will begin her time as pastor at Macon United Methodist Church as of July 1, 2017.

I was born in Goshen, Indiana to Dennis and Sherri Irish in August of 1993. I grew up with two brothers (one older, one younger), Nate and Sam, and a younger sister, Sara. My mother was a school teacher and my father was working at a factory at the time I was born. My family was always a religious one, church on Sundays, and regular worship throughout the week. My dad was studying music at Goshen college and was looking to go into music ministry. I gave my life to Christ at the age of five at a Christian camp that I attended, Simpson Park Camp in Romeo Michigan. At nine my father made the decision to go into ministry full time as a United Methodist Pastor in the Detroit Annual Conference.

            I spent most of my teenage years in Algonac, Michigan while my father served at the local church. I graduated from Algonac High School in 2011 and headed off to Spring Arbor University in Spring Arbor, MI. At Spring Arbor University, I studied pastoral ministries. It was during my time at Spring Arbor that I felt my call into ministry. I began to gain a passion for discipleship through my classes and prayers. I realized I loved learning and teaching others to dive deeper into scripture, and their relationships with the Lord. Further I realized that my call extended not only to discipleship, but discipleship in the United Methodist Church.

During my senior year, I was given the opportunity to serve as the young adult intern at Jonesville First Presbyterian Church. While I was there I would preach about once a month in addition to leading the young adult group. I continued this position throughout the year, and when the pastor left the church over the summer, they hired me as pulpit supply. During the same summer, I was hired to be a mission intern through the United Methodist mission intern program and worked with local kids who were living in poverty.

After that summer, I moved to Wilmore, Kentucky while I attended Seminary as Asbury Theological Seminary. I am currently in my second year of seminary getting my Master’s in Divinity. While in school I have been working 40 hours as a certified pharmacy technician at the Kroger Pharmacy. I have been working towards candidacy in the United Methodist Churchfor the past year and hope to become an elder upon my graduation.