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Meet Tasha Sargent

Tasha_Sargent_edit_2Hometown
Grove, Oklahoma 

Age

22

Home Church & Denomination

Grove First United Methodist, Grove, Oklahoma

Degrees

B.A. Religion, Oklahoma City University

Garrett-Evangelical Degree Program/Year

M.Div, 1st Year

Career Plans

I am seeking ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church and plan to serve in the Oklahoma Conference.  In addition to the typical functions of preaching and parish administration, I plan on being an advocate for those who have been silenced by society, for the least, the broken, the poor, and for those who simply need to be loved.

Personal Information

I was born in Kansas City, MO, and lived in Connecticut and Kansas before my family finally settled down in Oklahoma. I am the oldest of four children and I come from a long line of Catholics on my mom’s side of the family. Needless to say, I broke the mold attending and joining The United Methodist Church in high school but my family has been incredibly supportive of my decision to go into ministry.

Saturday mornings in the fall you will most likely find me in front of a television watching University of Oklahoma football, though I am a proud graduate of Oklahoma City University which sadly lacks a football team. I love reading, writing, sitting by the lake and if you buy me a Dr. Pepper you will become my new best friend. I am also an unashamed book addict and you can probably tell more about who I am, what I like, and what I believe in by looking at the books on my shelves.

Attraction to Garrett-Evangelical

I was first introduced to Garrett-Evangelical by my campus minister, Rev. Jennifer Long, an alumna of Garrett-Evangelical. She had great things to say about her time in seminary (except for the Chicago winters of course). Then I found out my Hebrew Bible professor in undergrad, Dr. Lisa Wolfe, graduated with her PhD from Garrett-Evangelical, and she also had many positive things to say.

I knew I wanted to attend a seminary that had would challenge me academically, form and nurture me spiritually, and prepare me to be a pastor in the UMC. After a couple of visits to Garrett-Evangelical, I knew that this was an institution that could do all of those things and more. The excellent academics, highly qualified faculty, friendly and helpful staff, beautiful campus, diverse programs, and the community that embraced me before I was even student here, convinced me that this was where I was suppose to be for seminary.

Calling
I felt the call to ministry while I was in high school. Initially, I believe that I was called to do youth ministry. God, however, had others plans. In college, I was blessed with a number of mentors who happened to be strong women who were all ordained elders, and I began to ponder the idea of being ordained. After spending two years as a youth director, and two years of arguing with God that I couldn’t possibly be a pastor, I came to understand and accept that my calling was not suppose to be limited to youth ministry.

I am called to be an ordained elder. I am called to a ministry of Word, Sacrament, Order and Service. I am called to show the love and grace of God to all people. I am called and while it still scares me half to death at times, I have never been happier. 

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