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Marti Swords-Horrell

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Rev. Marti Swords-Horrell began her ministry at First UMC Oneonta on July 1, 2018. She grew up in United Methodist parsonages in and around New York City, graduated from Colgate University and Yale Divinity School, and was ordained in 1983. She has served several churches in Chicago and Maryland as well as Upper New York State. Before coming to First UMC Oneonta, she served a multicultural church in Albany and has previously served two reconciling congregations (dedicated to inclusivity). At the Annual Conference level she serves on the New York State Council of Churches and the Upper New York Annual Conference Social Holiness Team, and recently was elected to the Conference Delegation to the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the UMC which takes place next July. Besides devoting herself to ministry, Rev. Marti enjoys working out at the YMCA, swimming, biking, hiking, and camping, as well as cooking and baking, especially for large crowds, and all kinds of music. She is married to Rev. Dana K. Horrell, pastor of Cooperstown United Methodist Church and editor of The Parish Paper (www.theparishpaper.com). Rev’s Marti and Dana have two grown children:  Nathan (wife: Rio), and Maddie, and two granddaughters, June and Frankie.  Nate is a labor organizer in the health care field while Rio teaches in the Italian Department at Rutgers University. Their daughter, Madeline, teaches middle school orchestra and guitar in Austin, Texas.

Rev. Marti says: “I am so proud and happy to have been appointed pastor of this lively, active, inclusive and mission-minded congregation.  I love Oneonta and am enjoying getting to know all of you and your ministries!

 

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