Pegram United Methodist Church (PUMC) welcomes a new pastor this week. The Rev. Myra Moreland will lead her first service at PUMC at 10:30 a.m., Sun., June 27. Visitors are welcome.
PUMC’s current pastor, the Rev. Tory Shane Dillard is moving to serve the First United Methodist Church in Adamsville, Tenn.
Moreland, who was the interim lead pastor for Royal Oak First United Methodist Church in Royal Oak, Mich., actually grew up in this area. “When I decided to move to Nashville to finish school, it seemed natural to pastor a church,” she said. “When the District Superintendent told me about the need for a pastor in Pegram, I could feel God calling me back to this area, back to my roots.”
Moreland will be finishing her Master of Divinity degree at Vanderbilt University, where she received her undergraduate degree. Last year the program was virtual. She grew up in the Bellevue/Pegram/Pasquo area, graduating from what was then Bellevue High School.
A licensed local pastor for five years, she served for three years as an associate pastor, leading Congregational Care, Adult Discipleship, Children, Youth and Family Ministries and Missions at the large Royal Oak First church. She also worked with the Greater Detroit District Committee for Church Vibrancy, helping churches renew and restructure to better serve Christ in their communities.
She brings more than 37 years of business experience to the ministry and has used her work in restructuring and turn-around as well as her experience in marketing and communications to help struggling churches. That business experience includes top management roles at Revstone Industries, Revstone Transportation, Ducker Worldwide, and Moreland Communications.
Before the appointment in Royal Oak, Moreland was an active member of Birmingham (Mich.) First United Methodist Church, where she taught second grade Sunday School for 33 years. She travelled with their missions team to Ghana Africa and began work with women and children that she continues today. In 2010 she launched the nonprofit, Project Lydia serving women and families around the world.
She has served a number of community charities in leadership roles including the National Kidney Foundation, the Kidney Ball, the Gleaners Women’s Power Breakfast, the Alternatives for Girls Role Model Dinner, and Big Green, which brings food literacy education and the excitement of Learning Gardens to intercity schools across Michigan.