Meet Julia Puac-Romero
Hometown: Originally Guatemala City, Guatamala; then, Mansfield, Louisiana
Home church: First United Methodist Church in Mansfield
Degree program: Master of divinity
Other Degrees: Bachelor of arts in sociology from Centenary College of Louisiana
My call to ministry:
My call to ministry was brought up to me by a campus ministry staff member during my sophomore year at college. After listening to me rant and rave about how much I loved conferences and how fired up I was about issues in the church, she asked me, “Have you ever considered ministry?” Well of course not! I began to explore it and eventually began candidacy. During that process, I served in several internships and discovered a love of youth ministry and mission work. My main attraction has always been social justice issues, predominantly revolving around racial/cultural topics, as well as LGBTQ matters and feminism.
Why I chose Garrett-Evangelical:
You could say I saved the best for last. Garrett-Evangelical was my third and final seminary visit, and I just happened to visit right at the end of last year’s January term, smack dab in the polar vortex. You would think negative-degree weather would deter a Southern bred girl. It didn’t. Instead, the warmth I felt while exploring the campus, talking to President Rector, and just hearing about the staff, convinced me the cold was a small price to pay. You could say the lake winds whispered this was home.
What has surprised me:
Garrett-Evangelical has given me far more than I expected from seminary. The teachers are incredible, and knowing there are professors here with great expertise on liberation and feminist theology never ceases to amaze me. Also, knowing how many students are passionate about social justice is inspiring. The sense of community and passion I find here just feels right.
My future plans:
I plan to return to my home conference of Louisiana and continue to seek ordination as an elder in The United Methodist Church. If all works out well, I plan to stay in the conference and return to Louisiana with new tools as I continue with my ministerial calling. After all...big things can come in small (5’0” Guatemalan) packages.