Brenda joined the PVUMC staff in 2012. She was employed part-time as the Director of Children’s Ministry for ages 3 years to 6th Grade, and part-time as the Young Adult Ministry Coordinator. She also helped coordinate Open Table programs here at the church and in cooperation with other churches.
On June 17, Brenda was ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church as part of the Desert Southwest Annual Conference. Currently, she serves full time as Deacon and Director of Family Ministry, which includes children’s ministries, the PVUMC Preschool Board, young adult ministries, and church fellowship. She also oversees The Open Table, a ministry that began at PVUMC and is now a faith-based, nationwide movement, bringing transformation to individuals through relationships.
Brenda has a Master’s in Children and Family Ministry from Bethel University Seminary in St. Paul, and has served in this ministry for over 15 years and in several churches. She has also worked with Young Adults for about five years, and launched two Young Adult ministry programs. On June 20, 2015, Brenda was commissioned as part of the Annual Conference at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. Commissioning, making her a provisional member of the Desert Southwest Conference with the title of Reverend. The two-year commissioning period was a time of learning and preparation with an assigned peer group who guided and advised Brenda. Ordination followed in 2017. Brenda has a Master of Arts in children and family ministry from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and she completed her UMC Basic Graduate Theological Studies for Deacon from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in May 2014.