The Rev. Rosemary Grattan is a missionary with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, serving as a Church and Community Worker to serve as the mentoring program coordinator at the House of the Carpenter in Wheeling, West Virginia. She was commissioned October 13, 2018.
Church and Community Workers respond to God’s call to ministry among the poor and disenfranchised in rural and urban areas throughout the United States. They work to change the social inequities of poverty, racial injustice and
The House of the Carpenter in Wheeling serves an economically depressed, but formerly prosperous, coal-mining area in West Virginia and Ohio. Programs are geared towards children, including those for whom grandparents are the primary caregivers. One goal is to help children and families feel safe and cared for. The facility is a West Virginia Annual Conference mission institution.
Rosemary is from Austin, Texas, and is an elder in the Rio Texas Annual Conference. She has served appointments as associate
and senior pastor: associate at Covenant United Methodist Church, Austin (2011—2013) and Manchaca (2017—2018) and senior at First United Methodist Church, Sinton, Texas (2013—2017). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University, Austin, and the Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Rosemary says she was born and raised in The United Methodist Church—her father was a pastor. “I began ministry as a young adult teaching Sunday school to little ones. I began to take a greater interest in the Bible and studied in depth before entering the process for ordained ministry. As I studied, I began to show an interest in preaching and teaching and became a certified lay speaker.”
Her call to mission service involves a growing hunger to minister to people outside the church in a global sense. “I feel a call from God to literally go out into the world and preach the good news of the coming reign of God, eternal life and salvation. I feel a call to go and proclaim this good news in tangible ways that involve missions of mercy as well as education and community development. I feel called by God to minister to the least, the last and he lost, for example, the disenfranchised and those who may never step inside the church doors on a regular basis.”
Rosemary has two sons, Kenneth Samuel Holmes, Jr., born in 1981 and Sean Eric Holmes, born in 1983.
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