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Pastor Yvonne Thurmond is a Georgia girl who came to Morganton, NC, at the end of July 2012 to serve as the solo pastor of our congregation.

Previous to her call to ministry, Yvonne retired after a 25 year career with The Home Depot, having worked for about 20 years as a credit receivables accountant in the Finance Division. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Elementary Education from Berry College in Rome, GA, and actually taught third grade for three years in the 1980s.

Pastor Thurmond completed her Masters of Divinity degree at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA in May of 2010 and then spent a year as a hospital chaplain at Atlanta Medical Center (a level one trauma center, not far from downtown Atlanta). Before retiring and enrolling in seminary, PastorThurmond participated in the life and work of various congregations throughout her life singing in choirs, facilitating Bible studies and Sunday school classes, and serving as a ruling elder and Stephen Minister. She has also volunteered for various mission projects locally and regionally.

Looking back, Yvonne can see how God has prepared her for her pastoral ministry here at Quaker Meadows through her various experiences. Pastor Thurmond's basic beliefs can be summed up this way: (1) that God is at work in our lives and in the world in ways which we can see and in ways which we cannot imagine with our limited vision, and (2) Christians are called to respond to God's grace with gratitude and by worshiping and serving together as the Body of Jesus Christ in the world. Two of her favorite Scripture passages, which reflect these points, are Psalm 139 and First Corinthians 12.

Quaker Meadows Presbyterian Church | 2698 NC Highway 181 | Morganton, NC 28655
Rev. Yvonne M. Thurmond, Pastor | ymthurmond139@gmail.com