Pastor helps people see God in new way

From the Southtown Star (Tinley Park, IL):

The Rev. Rebecca Williams is pastor of the Manhattan United Methodist Church at 335 E. North St.

She grew up in Polo, just west of DeKalb, and said that while growing up she never thought she would be a pastor.

“The small country church I attended had only male pastors, and that was part of the reason I didn’t see myself in that role,” Williams said. “Also, I was convinced God wanted me to be a teacher.”

Williams did become a teacher, but she also entered ministry and since July 2008 has been at the Manhattan United Methodist Church.

How did she get into her job?

“I taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and Bible studies” early on, Williams said.

“I focused on teaching. I was good at teaching but failed to see the connection of teaching the Bible,” she said.

So Williams enrolled at Knox College in Galesburg, and earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 2002.