Smyrna First United Methodist Church announced the appointment of Rev. Chaloea E Hale to the clergy staff in all three services this morning.  Rev. Hale has been appointed to serve as the Minister for Young Adults at Smyrna First UMC.  She, her husband, Craig, and their two children will be joining our church family at the end of June.

Rev. Hale comes to us from Rivertown UMC where she is currently the Lead Pastor.  Prior to that appointment, she served as Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Hoosier Memorial UMC and as Minister of Youth at Andrews Chapel UMC.  Rev. Hales earned a Master of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary in 2010.  She is excited for this opportunity to grow Young Adult Ministries in Smyrna and we look forward to supporting her in that effort.

From Rev. Hale:

I was born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I am the daughter of the late Reverend Tueresa A. Palmer and the late Charles E. Palmer. As a preacher’s kid (PK), I was involved in my church and the community both in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. I was involved in many activities in the church including serving as President of the Youth Ministry, choir member, youth usher board, and Liturgical dance ministry.

After high school graduation, an interest in Television led me to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Clark Atlanta University. After obtaining my degree, I began working with WAGA FOX 5 Atlanta on the production team. In October 2007, I was led back to my alma mater and began working at Clark Atlanta University’s television station, CAU-TV. I decided to take my experience from the media field and help others to prepare for in-field media careers. In 2006, I accepted my call to the ministry. In fall 2007, I began my matriculation in pursuit of a Master of Divinity degree from Gammon Theological Seminary at The Interdenominational Theological Center. I graduated from Gammon in 2010.

In 2011, I became the Minister of Youth at Andrews Chapel United Methodist Church. My primary responsibilities included guiding youth groups, confirmation, Youth Choir, Bible Study, spiritual formation groups, Vacation Bible School, mission trips, church lock-ins, an annual retreat, and outreach to the community as well as connecting with other community youth groups. I assisted in the Sunday Worship Service. I also served as the lead minister of a contemporary worship experience, iRejuvenate. This monthly worship service began in 2012 catering to youth and young adults.

In 2016, I began serving as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries at Hoosier Memorial United Methodist Church. I am so thankful to God as I was able to lay the foundation for Wonderful Wednesday, in which consisted of an after school tutoring program, dinner and Bible Study for Children and Youth in the community. I also was able to partner with surrounding churches for events in the community. I also had the opportunity to serve in the pulpit during Sunday morning worship.

In May 2018, I was appointed to Rivertown United Methodist Church as a Local Pastor to serve as Pastor-In-Charge. Through this appointment, I have been able to actively apply my leadership skills and theology and doctrinal ideals. Inactive members have returned to the church. Technology has been incorporated into the worship service. The church has seen an increase financially from the addition of Online Giving. With the additional funds, the church has satisfied 100% of its Apportionments for the first time in over ten years. I give God the glory!

I was selected by UMC Discipleship Ministries to represent the Southeastern Jurisdiction in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. It was an honor to travel alongside other United Methodist Young Adult leaders worldwide. The pilgrimage was certainly a blessing as it has strengthened my teaching, preaching and leadership at Rivertown UMC.

I hold my family near and dear to my heart. I am thankful for my husband, Craig A. Hale our beautiful eight-year-old daughter, Anaiah E. Hale, and our handsome four-year-old son, Craig A. Hale, II.

I remain committed to “Go and make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.” As I continue to grow in the love of God, Matthew 28:19-20 will remain with me as I have been called to be a vessel for God.