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Wendy Ochs

Wendy hails from Minnesota, Where she grew up on a farm castrating pigs (that's right, she can castrate things!) and riding the bean bar (you have to be from the Midwest to know what that means!). She is the mom of four handsome and endlessly busy boys, ages 1-15, and the wife of her high school sweetheart. She jokes that she and Chris are like the start of a bad joke: "A preacher and a car salseman walk into a bar..." Wendy is a second career pastor, currently serving Evangelical Church in Billings, Montana. Though called to ministry early in life, God didn't actually get her there until four years ago after she had work many years as a social worker, assisting families at risk of abuse and neglect. Further back, Wendy was a US-2 Young Adult Missionary for the United Methodist Church, which brought her to MOntana in the first place. Wendy spends her days writing sermons, carting kids to football and basketball practice, saying things like "if I hear you yelling at your Fortnite game one more time...", changing diapers (something she thought she was done with-surprise!), and, as is her motto of late, "doing her best." Conscience about finding time for rest (Jesus commanded it, after all), Wendy enjoys a long hot bath, good book, occasional Netflix binge, and playing cribbage with her family. Her friends admire her for her gentle spirit, her willingness to take risks, her dedication to prayer, her strong faith, and her loving relationships.

Check out Wendy's church!

Evangelical UMC

More about Wendy:

Comfort Food:

Chocolate and peanut butter! Best combination ever!

 

Book:

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

 

Movie:

"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, and a 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."

 

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