Meet Diamond Pate
Master of Divinity
What is your hometown and educational background?
I am from Las Vegas, Nevada. I received my Bachelor of Arts in religion from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, North Carolina. Then, I was a US-2 missionary with the General Board of Global Ministries, where I served at the Hinton Rural Life Center in the Appalachian Mountains.
How has your time at Garrett-Evangelical shaped your ministry and calling?
Garrett-Evangelical gave me the tools and the network necessary for ministry. Garrett-Evangelical gave me the perfect balance of academic exploration and practical application that allows me to feel prepared for ministry. Because of these tools and experiences, my excitement for my first appointment far outweighs my nervousness.
What is your most transformative experience at Garrett-Evangelical?
Having two years of field education allowed me to really explore the diversity of ministry and discern where exactly God was calling me. My first year, I worked in a hospital and learned how to develop my pastoral presence and how sometimes the best care you can give someone is just a quiet presence. The next year, I was at a church that taught me how to combine my interest in relational theology and social justice from the pulpit and other pastoral leadership areas. Together, these experiences have taught me who I am as a pastoral leader and what kind of ministry God has led me to.
What are your plans or your hopes for your future?
Starting July 1, I will be a licensed local pastor and will serve as the associate pastor at First United Methodist Church of Gilbert, Arizona. I hope to be commissioned as a provisional elder in the Desert Southwest Conference in June 2019.