What happens when someone with a degree in Biology and Chemistry from Westmar College becomes a pastor? You convert the sanctuary into a laboratory, exchange a white lab coat for a clerical robe, and let the fun begin!

I currently serve as the pastor of two delightful congregations: St. Ansgar and Little Cedar United Methodist Churches in the Iowa Annual Conference.

​My husband, Don, is a pastor too. Years ago, when our children were young, we co-authored a book entitled Before They Ask. Amazingly, you can still run across a copy now and then. If you want a good laugh, look at our family photo on the back cover of that book. Talk about a bad hair day! But I digress....


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In addition to my BA in Biology and Chemistry from Westmar College, I have a Master of Divinity Degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. I have also studied Creative Writing at Iowa State University and at the Iowa Writer's Festival.

Before becoming a pastor, I was a stay-at-home mom for a while. Then I taught piano and Kindermusik students, served as a curriculum writer for the United Methodist Publishing House, and kept young as a Christian Education and Youth Director. I later spent several years as a preschool editor at the United Methodist Publishing House, launching the Live Big curriculum.

Among other projects I created for the Publishing House were two I especially enjoyed: a Sunday School curriculum for Toddlers and Twos, and a book of Bible games.
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My newest book is entitled Playing in the Minor Leagues: A Look at the Minor Prophets. Copies of the book are available on Amazon, either as a paperback or as a Kindle edition.

My other passion, in addition to writing, is sewing and quilting. I learned to sew over sixty years ago, on an antique treadle sewing machine. When my mother (an accomplished seamstress) passed away several years ago, she bequeathed her stash of fabric and her love of quilting to me. Now whenever I sit down to sew or quilt, I feel so incredibly blessed!

   


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Here's a Christmas dress I made for our granddaughter Anna a while back. When I showed this little dress to one of my friends, she said: "O Rhoda, you're really a woman of the cloth. In more ways than one." And I guess I am.
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