Pastor of Outreach and Connecting Ministry
When Kimberly Constant stepped into The Woodlands UMC for the first time several years ago, little did she know that it was going to be the start of a life-changing call from God. Kimberly, Pastor of Outreach and Connecting Ministry, earned her economics degree from the University of Southern California and enjoyed working in finance for Intel Corporation. She and her husband, Chad, had recently moved to The Woodlands from California and, as the parents of a newborn daughter, were looking for a church home. Kimberly was just beginning her spiritual journey as a young wife and new mother, and she felt a strong desire for God’s presence in her life.
So that very first Sunday they attended TWUMC, she came across some information about a women’s Bible study and decided to sign up. “I found wonderful, loving mentors in this study who began teaching me about the Word of God and showing me how to live a life of faith. I knew that I wanted whatever it was that they had, and I was ready to go all in with Jesus. As I began to study the Bible, I fell in love with God’s Word and hungered for more.” She was a part of this Bible study for 10 years when she became a teaching leader. At this point she began to feel God was calling her to teach His Word. By the end of the year, she knew God was urging her toward something bigger so, after encouragement from a pastor, she decided to apply to seminary. She was accepted into Asbury Theological Seminary and continued her journey – following God’s call.
Shortly after she was accepted into Asbury, her husband was transferred to Portland, Oregon and the family made another move. It was difficult to find a church community and Kimberly began to question her calling. With persistence they found a church, and she joined a women’s Bible study where she again became a teaching leader. When the pastor of her church in Portland asked her to preach a portion of the Good Friday message, she heard God whisper, “This is what I want you to do.” She felt the confirmation she needed to continue to pursue a life in ministry.
Following a job change and a move back to Texas, Kimberly was at a crossroads in her seminary decisions. “By the time we moved to Texas in August 2015, I was nearing the halfway point in my seminary studies, and I wondered if I should continue to pursue a Master of Divinity degree or if I should switch to a Master of Biblical Studies degree. I questioned if I had heard God correctly in that pulpit in Portland, Oregon. In February 2016, I traveled to Israel as a participant in a study abroad course offered by Asbury. I prayerfully asked God for wisdom and discernment for the future. On February 13, while on a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee listening to the song Oceans playing through my headphones, God clearly said to me, ‘I know you are scared. I know you are unsure about this call to preach, and that you aren’t sure about becoming a pastor, but it is time to get out of the boat. You just need to keep your eyes fixed on me, and trust me with the future.’”
After such a clear word from God, Kimberly pursued the completion of her Master of Divinity with a strong sense of purpose. She contacted Susan Kent about becoming an intern at TWUMC. “Susan took me under her wing and began to show me the role of a pastor in the life of the church. I walked beside Susan for weddings, funerals and hospital visits, realizing along the way that I was really made for the life of a minister. I feel so blessed to walk alongside people and shepherd them through their best days, worst days and everything in between.” Kimberly graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary, was commissioned in May 2018 and is currently working toward ordination.
The journey that began with her first visit to The Woodlands UMC comes full circle as Kimberly’s first appointment is as a pastor to this congregation. As the Pastor of Outreach and Connecting Ministry, Kimberly feels like she can speak into the experiences of those new to this church. “We have moved 11 times during my married life so I know how it feels to be the new person. I can relate to the person visiting this church for the first time and trying to find the best place to connect with this community of people.” She knows that finding the right place to study, serve and fellowship can make all the difference in every life. It’s important to know who might be walking through the doors of this church for the first time…it might even be a future pastor following a special calling from God.
Kimberly and her husband, Chad, have been married since 2001 and have four children – Kendall, Carson, Palmer, and Sydney-Kate.