Interview with Rev. Eve Williams – May 16, 2017
Rev. Eve Wiilliams was appointed to Advent UMC in Las Vegas by Bishop Robert Hoshibata. She begins on July 1, 2017.The PSPRC invites you to give Pastor Eve a love gift in thanks for all she has done here as PVUMC’s Associate Pastor and help her and her son, William Batz, on their journey to Las Vegas. Visit GIVE NOW online and include “love gift for Pastor Eve” in the comments section. Join us for a farewell reception Sunday, June 11 after all services.
Pastor Eve and her son, William, who is now learning how to drive and nearing his 16th birthday, went on the Senior High Youth Mission Trip to Piura, Peru, together in the summer of 2016. They are shown working together in this photo.
1) What’s the most difficult part of saying goodbye?
“All the relationships. I feel a depth of relationship with the church as a whole. I will miss the music, and the musicians here. It will be difficult to leave it all behind. The worship experiences and collaboration with such creative people, the staff, the beauty of the campus – the list could go on and on.”
2) What gifts have you received as an associate pastor of PVUMC?
“The most important gift I have received from PVUMC is the love and support that I’ve had from everybody. The people who have loved William, and guided him, helped parent him, and supported me as his mother have been the single most important gift.”
3) What is the biggest accomplishment in your ministry here?
“I’m proud of Change the World Day. I’m glad that the church appreciated that experience. It was my vision to show the church, and have someone it pick up and run with it. And that’s happened!” PVUMC hosted its third annual Change the World Day on Sunday, November 13, 2016, under Dave Hepburn’s leadership. He will lead the church again and you’re invited to join us in 2017 on Sunday, November 12, as we take church out of the building for our next day of service in lieu of worship.
4) What has been your greatest challenge working here?
“Remembering everybody’s name! Honestly, it’s such a busy, active church, just making sure things don’t fall through the cracks and making sure everything gets done is the biggest challenge.”
5) Do you have any unfulfilled dreams for PVUMC?
“I would love to see more integration between the preschool and church. Watching the children play on campus, even before school begins, makes me smile.
I’d love to see more engagement congregation-wide – following their own paths and own spiritual journeys. There’s so much discovery that needs to happen. It’s important for people to be curious and allow God to speak to them and show them the way.”
6) How have you grown as a pastor here, and what skills will be most useful as you get ready to lead your own church?
“Two things that are different from four years ago, when I arrived at PV, are apparent to me. It was the shiny church on the hill – it was PV! Who was I to be here? But now, there aren’t a lot of rooms that I’m afraid to walk into. I’ve discovered my own pastoral voice and authority and have claimed them as my own.
The absolute truth is that before I came to PV, I was afraid I would have to become someone different. But what God showed me was that I was who God created me to be, and it was all I needed. The greatest gift PV gave me was to just be me.”
7) What dreams do you have for your new church?
“The same dream that I have for everybody, no matter where I go, is for them to find their own path. That’s my dream for people in the church, and people on the street. Truly connect with your divine nature and, like Frederick Buechner says, find the place where your deep gladness and deep hunger meet.”
8) What are you looking forward to?
“I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog post that I wrote after Peru – about William and I going on the next adventure. That’s been playing in my mind a lot. We’re going on the next adventure.” Read the blog post here: https://pvumc.org/2016/07/15/god-inspired-adventure-in-peru/
9) What are you worried about?
“My son’s well-being. I just need to make sure he’s okay. But that’s every parent’s worry. Building new relationships – making new friends. One of my top five strengths is “Relator,” and we go deep. Every Relator’s fear is that the depth of relationships I have now won’t be replicated in this new place.”
10) Anything else you would like to share with the congregation? (Parting words)
“I just want them to know that I love them and will miss them deeply. The church has loved me and William well. And I feel very equipped to move on to the next adventure.”
— Pam R Selthun, Marketing and Communications Director, Paradise Valley United Methodist Church
Pastor Eve’s bio:
On July 1, 2013, Eve Williams joined us as Associate Pastor. Her responsibilities include guiding our adult education and missions programs. Born in San Francisco, CA, and raised in Las Vegas, NV, Eve grew up in the University United Methodist Church congregation. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Redlands in Redlands, CA, she joined the staff at University UMC, where she worked for 5 years. During that time, she learned a great deal about herself and what it means to be in ministry, as well as the intricacies of working for a church. She also felt a deeper call to ordained ministry that she had been hearing for a long time. After a time of discernment, some of the impact of which she missed until much later, she headed off to Atlanta, GA to attend Candler School of Theology at Emory University in August, 2007. While she worked toward her Masters of Divinity, she was a chaplain at Emory Hospital and an intern at Glenn Memorial UMC on the Emory Campus. She graduated from seminary in 2010, and was appointed to First United Methodist Church of Gilbert in Gilbert, AZ. In June 2012, she was ordained as an Elder at the Annual Conference of the Desert Southwest Conference. Eve’s passions for ministry revolve around spiritual formation and ministries relating to the health and wellness of the mind, body, and spirit. A perpetual learner, Eve says she grows deeper in love with Jesus Christ as she learns more about herself and Christ’s way of loving and challenging us to grow in discipleship.
Pastor Eve and her son, William Batz, who is now learning how to drive and nearing his 16th birthday, went on the Senior High Youth Mission Trip to Piura, Peru, with his mom. They are shown working together in this photo.