Pastor will lead first service at church

A new pastor has been appointed to the First United Methodist Church of Ashland.

The Rev. Pamela Nelson-Munson, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church in Eugene for the past 10 years, started her new job July 1. She will lead her first worship service in the historic sanctuary at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 11. The church is at 175 N. Main St.

She replaces the Rev. Thomas E. Myers, who served for three years at First United and has been appointed to Rockwood United Methodist Church in Portland.

The Rev. Nelson-Munson was born in San Francisco and grew up in Kentfield, Larkspur, Mill Valley and San Rafael, Calif., where she developed interests in singing, acting, journalism and Spanish. She joined the Presbyterian Church and traveled to Ecuador three times to live with a family there.

Nelson-Munson attended Lewis and Clark College in Portland. She continued her interest in music by singing in a trio for three years, traveling around the state. She majored in Spanish and journalism and became active in the Chapel program. As a senior, she studied in Colombia and finished her travel time in Quito, Ecuador, working at the international missionary radio station HCJB.

After graduation, Nelson-Munson worked as the administrative assistant to the college chaplain and met her future husband, Brian. They married and traveled to Switzerland to study with the World Council of Churches. The couple have three young adult daughters, Kaaren, Emma and Britta.

Nelson-Munson attended San Francisco Theological Seminary. She graduated with a master's of divinity and received the Preaching Prize.

In addition to Trinity United Methodist, she has served United Methodist churches in Veneta and Albany.

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