“Erin brings not only previous experience with St. Stephen’s to her current role but also a lifetime of having grown up in the church,” Venable said. “As a preacher’s kid, there was a 50-50 chance she would have either turned her back on organized religion all together or jumped head-first into a life that was immersed in the church.
“She has come to a place that is somewhat different from the congregations in which she was shaped as a young United Methodist in north Texas, and she has assumed a leadership position that I know makes her pastor dad extremely proud.
“It’s good to have someone on staff who has interacted with lots of different types of congregations. We celebrate diversity here, and theological diversity is part of what keeps us spiritually sensitive and aware.”
St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church is on the corner of Brooks Street and McGee Drive. For more information, visit ststephensnorman.org.