The Norman Transcript


June 20, 2014

St. Stephen’s welcomes pastor

NORMAN — The Rev. Jeannie Himes, a life-long United Methodist with 28 years of experience in ministry, has been appointed as the senior minister of St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church, 1801 W. Brooks St.

Himes, who most recently served as pastor of Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church in Midwest City, began her new appointment last week in Norman.

She succeeds the Rev. Amy Venable, who served the church for seven years. United Methodist pastors typically serve a church for five to seven years before being assigned to a new post by their conference bishop.

“I am very happy to have been appointed by our bishop to serve St. Stephen’s,” Himes said. “St. Stephen’s is a great church with a strong history and good reputation. I am looking forward to continuing the great ministries that have been happening here.”

Himes was born into a Methodist clergy family in Lawton and has lived in each quadrant of the state.

After graduating from Kingfisher High School, she attended Oklahoma City University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in science education. She spent four years at Children’s Hospital at the OU Health Science Center, working in cytogenetics, or diagnostic chromosome analysis. She also worked in this field during seminary at National Jewish Hospital in Denver and later at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

Himes attended Iliff School of Theology in Denver, earning her Master of Divinity in 1986. She was ordained as a deacon in 1986 and as an elder in 1988. She has served in many United Methodist churches.

Himes is married to Jim Eller, a now-retired Unitarian Universalist minister. They have two sons: Shaun, who lives in Oklahoma City and with his wife Victoria and one 1-year-old son, and Sam, who attends the University of San Diego.

“Everyone we meet from Norman tells us how much they love living here,” Himes said. “We are really looking forward to getting to know all that Norman has to offer.”

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