Rev. Nadine R.M. Graham, Interim Pastor for Sloan Memorial UMC
Rev. Nadine Graham was born and raised in Canada. She came to the United States to work on a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Tulsa in 1983. During that time she met her husband, Russell at a College and Careers group at a Presbyterian Church in Claremore Oklahoma. They were married after Russell returned from serving in the army in Korea in 1986. They adopted their daughter, Alysia in 1989 when she was 8 months old. They have an amazing Grandson, Ethan who is four years old. Ethan was born with a rare genetic disorder- 49XXXXY, but continues to beat the odds by the grace of God!
God has blessed Pastor Nadine and Russell with a spiritual son as well. Aaron, who is Ugandan, serves as a pastor in the Bugiuri province. He is responsible for approximately 120 orphans who have become Pastor Nadine and Russell’s children too. They look forward to making the trip to Uganda next February to visit and discern ways to help the children in their education and health needs, and work with Aaron to develop more secure sources of food such as chickens and crops high in nutritional value.
Pastor Nadine began serving her first church while still in seminary in 1994. She Received her Masters of Divinity from American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1997. She was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1999. She has served churches in California, New York State, and Texas. Rev. Graham served as the chair of the Leadership Team (for clergy and adults), as well as serving six years on the Board of Ordination in the Upper New York Conference. She helped lead the team for Repentance and Reconciliation for racial injustice.
Since coming to Texas in 2007, Rev. Graham served as Senior Pastor of Christ United/Unidos en Cristo UMC and as the chair of Missional Excellence for the Central South District. In addition, she has served as the Executive Director of EMCCA – East-End Multi-Cultural Center For The Arts (A non-profit 501c3), and Executive Director of The ONE Project for the Prayer Institute.
Rev. Graham was recently recruited and certified as an Intentional Interim Ministry Specialist. She has gifts in the areas of preaching, teaching, worship, administration, and the Arts. She is trained in conflict mediation, and has served cross-culturally and in Multi-Ethnic churches. She is excited about being able to serve as Sloan’s Interim Pastor these next three months.
The MISSION and VISION of
SLOAN MEMORIAL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
are Biblically-Based and Grounded in the Word of God
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" "The most important one," answered Jesus, "Is this: Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these." -Mark 12: 28-31; Matthew 28: 16-20
1. Sloan is a dynamic, healthy, externally-focused, multi-generational church family
(I Corinthians 12:12-20):
We are kingdom citizens who represent the kingdom of God
We are Holy Spirit-led
We are a praying church; we do not do anything without first consulting the Lord
We are history-making by impacting and transforming the landscape of 5 th Ward
We continue to engage in strong family units and faith-forming relationships
2. Sloan engages in risk-taking missions. outreach. and evangelism (Micah 6:8):
We 'GO' to serve the least, the last, the lost, the lonely, and the left out/behind
We are both local and global — connectional
We are holistic in our approach to ministry
We grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
We make disciples of Christ — We are all ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
We practice extravagant generosity
3. Sloan celebrates Christ-centered passionate worship (John 13:34-35):
We extend radical hospitality to the stranger
We are inclusive in our ministry
We are interactive and biblically sound in song, dance, prayer, giving, and The Word
We are known for our love
Sloan's "Mission Field Connections" Include: