When Kimberly Constant stepped into The Woodlands UMC for the first time several years ago, little did she know that it was going to be the start of a life-changing call from God. She and her husband, Chad, were looking for a church home. Kimberly was just beginning her spiritual journey, and she felt a strong desire for God’s presence in her life.
So that very first Sunday they attended The Woodlands UMC, she came across some information about a women’s Bible study and decided to sign up.
“I found wonderful, loving mentors in this study who began teaching me about the Word of God and showing me how to live a life of faith. As I began to study the Bible, I fell in love with God’s Word and hungered for more.” She eventually became a teaching leader. She knew God was urging her toward something bigger so she decided to apply to seminary. She was accepted into Asbury Theological Seminary and continued to follow God’s call.
After a move to Portland Oregon and then again back to Texas, Kimberly was still seeking confirmation of her calling. It was on a trip to Israel when Kimberly heard God reassure her while she was on the Sea of Galilee – “I know you are scared. I know you are unsure … but it is time to get out of the boat. You just need to keep your eyes fixed on me, and trust me with the future.”
As she pursued her degree, she contacted Susan Kent about becoming an intern at The Woodlands UMC. “Susan took me under her wing and began to show me the role of a pastor in the life of the church. I feel so blessed to walk alongside people and shepherd them through their best days, worst days and everything in between.” Kimberly graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary and was commissioned in May 2018.
The journey that began with her first visit to The Woodlands UMC comes full circle as Kimberly’s first appointment is as a pastor to this congregation. As the Pastor of Outreach and Connecting Ministry, Kimberly feels like she can speak into the experiences of those new to this church. She knows that finding the right place to connect can make all the difference. It’s important to know who might be walking through the doors of this church for the first time … it might even be a future pastor following a special calling from God.
Kimberly and her husband, Chad, have been married since 2001 and have four children: Kendall, Carson, Palmer, and Sydney-Kate.