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Our Pastor

Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! I am delighted and grateful to be appointed to serve God at Mt. Hermon UMC. Every single time I have said to someone, “I’m going to Mt. Hermon in Graham,” their face would immediately light up and they would reply, “That’s a wonderful church! You’re going to love it there!” What a wonderful witness that is to the presence of the Risen Christ in you and among you. I can’t wait to be a part of the good things you are doing in His name.

I’m sure I’m not as famous as Mt. Hermon UMC, and the response you have probably gotten every time you have said, “Jane Almon is coming” was “Who’s that?” All we really need to know about each other is that we are all beloved children of God, made in His image, but it is always nice to have some conversation starters, so here is a little bit about me.

I grew up in Wilmington, NC, the second of three girls. I was baptized at Wrightsville UMC. After graduating from Wake Forest University in 1982 with a biology degree, I worked in clinical research for several years. Then I obtained an M.S. in forestry at NC State in 1998 and conducted natural resources studies until entering divinity school. I spent several years in Colombia, South America and Nashville, TN before settling in the Triangle.

I was called into full-time Christian service after a period of spiritual reawakening several years ago. My home church, Saint Francis UMC in Cary, affirmed my call and I began the candidacy process for ordination as an elder in the United Methodist Church and entered Duke Divinity School in the fall of 2008. As a Fellow in the Thriving Rural Communities program, I served internships at small-membership rural churches in Fremont, Hayesville, and Cedar Grove, NC. I also completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at the Durham VA Medical Center. I graduated from Duke in May 2011 with a Master of Divinity degree and have served Marvin UMC for the past 4 years. I am a provisional elder and hope to complete the requirements this year for ordination as a full elder in June 2016.

My ministry interests include community outreach, healing prayer, spiritual formation, and care of creation. My affiliation with the Thriving Rural Communities program affords me and our congregation access to training and grants through The Duke Endowment that we can use to strengthen existing ministries and launch new ones.

I enjoy outdoor activities, cycling, gardening, and music, and I’m trying to resurrect some culinary skills.

I look forward to getting to know each of you and the gifts you bring to ministry at Mt. Hermon. My prayer for our ministry together is that we will all continue to grow in our discipleship as we make new disciples of Christ for the transformation of the world.

     Blessings, Pastor Jane