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Billings Evangelical UMC

Wendy Ochs

Wendy is not a Montana native, though she loves the Big Sky country.  Hailing from Minnesota, she is the mother of 3 wild boys and the wife of her high school sweetheart. She jokes that she and Chris are like the start of a bad joke: "A Catholic and a Methodist walk into a bar...  A car salesman and a preacher…,” but after so many years, what can ya do?  Wendy is a second career pastor, currently serving as a Licensed Local Pastor (LLP) at a church in Billings Montana. She transitioned into church ministry after a career as a social worker who assisted families at risk of abuse and neglect. Further back, Wendy was a US-2 Young Adult Missionary for the United Methodist Church and taught college aerobic classes "back in the day".  Her first job ever was "working on a farm castrating pigs. Watch out – I know how to castrate things!,” she says. Wendy spends her days writing sermons and cleaning pee off bathroom walls- aiming is not a skill in her household. She loves watching her boys play football, basketball, an alto saxophone, and together.  Nicely.  She can be caught on a slow week binge reading or watching Netflix (Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, Mad Men…).   Her friends admire her gentle spirit, her willingness to take risks, her dedication to prayer, her strong faith, and her loving friendship.

What is one piece of advice you've received that has stuck with you?

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More about Wendy:

Comfort Food:

Chocolate and Peanut Butter.

Best food combination ever!



My Bible (cliche', but true); I also love any well-written novel & memoir.



"Legends of Fall" 


Someone you look up to:

My Mom



"Shit-hit-the-fan" de-stressing activity:

Calls, texts, FB messages to my fellow Chicks Who Know Church and to a best friend/prayer partner who keeps me grounded & encouraged.


Quote that speaks to your soul:

"People will forget what you said.  People will forget what you did.  But people will never forget how you made them feel. "


-Maya Angelou



Ideal night off:

Time with my family, a hot bath & good book 



Why are you in ministry?

Because God clearly called me and created a path for me to do this work.  Hard to say no to God!

"I have gotten many great pieces of advice but the best so far is this:   

Make sure to set aside time to nurture your personal prayer life, be sure keep sacred a day each week to have as your own Sabbath, and remember that you’re a pastor to the community you live in first and to your church second."