Welcome Reverend Liv Gibbons
It is a pleasure to share with you that Rev. Liv Gibbons has been assigned to Pioneer as the interim pastor through June 2019, while Pastor Juli is on disability leave.
Liv was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and was dedicated and baptized (later married and ordained) at Eugene First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Liv said that Church was her second home, and where she received the call to ministry. With that vocation in mind, she headed off to Grinnell College (the middle of a corn field) in Iowa to study comparative religion and convince Elijah Buck, also from Eugene, to marry her.
While she was at Grinnell, she did a ministry internship at her home congregation and another at the World Council of Churches New York office, along with several other ministry programs to help her get ready for seminary. After college, she and Elijah went home to get married and then moved to Chicago so that she could attend the Masters of Divinity program at the University of Chicago. Liv recalls that she did a lot of things while there, but most of her memories are of poorly lit library stacks and frenzied typing.
After three years of study and ordination in July of 2011, Liv got the call to a Lilly Residency at the historic Central Christian Church in Lexington, Kentucky. There she served as the associate for outreach.
Liv and Elijah’s eldest daughter, Isla, was born near the end of her residency, and at the tender age of 6 months accompanied her cross-country to interviews with congregations here on the West Coast. God, she realized, was calling her to Northwest United Protestant Church in Richland, Washington, an inter-denominational congregation formed during the early days of the Hanford Project. Liv joined Northwest in April of 2014 and after four and a half years of healthy congregational growth (and the arrival of their second daughter, Ziggy), God gave her family a shove in the direction of Milton-Freewater.
It is in Milton-Freewater where Liv and Elijah recently purchased her grandparents’ home and small apple orchard. After years of dreaming about this place, Liv says that it feels wonderful to have (mostly) arrived. Liv and family will be moving to the farm in June of 2019, and in the meantime, she will be commuting from Richland.
Liv stated that she is so looking forward to the privilege of serving alongside the fine folk of Pioneer UMC and getting to know this special place. She is grateful for our warm welcome and for the Spirit bringing us together for what promises to be a prayerful, energized and fruitful season.