CT/WMA District welcomes new co-lay leader

October 11, 2018

“To everything under the sun, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.”  – Ecclesiastes 3: 1

Connecticut/Western Massachusetts District Superintendent David Calhoun has issued the following announcement:

This fall brings about changes in the Connecticut /Western Massachusetts District. We are saying farewell to Pearl Wilkinson, who has stepped down as District Co-Lay Leader, a position she held for more than 20 years. Effective immediately, Debra Welch Grehn will join Stephanie Cyr as co-lay leader for the district.

Please join me in thanking Pearl for her faithful service to the district. With a background in social work, Pearl brought many gifts to a variety of leadership positions in the district over the years. She did much to improve our district and its ministries; she will be greatly missed. A member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Springfield, MA, Pearl plans to spend more time in her local church working with incarceration and justice ministries.
It is with great joy that we welcome Deb Welch Grehn as our newest Co-District Lay Leader.
Debra Welch Grehn

Deb is a member of South United Methodist Church in Manchester, CT, where she serves as Co-Lay Leader, Chair of the Administrative Board, as a member of the Scripture Readers, One to One, and Congregational Care ministries. She is a member of the Staff-Parish Relations Committee as well as an Adult Sunday School teacher, and Luncheon Chair for the church’s Hi-Ho Fair. She is also a Certified Lay Servant in the CT/WMA District.

Deb is a longtime member of Toastmasters International, and currently belongs to two Connecticut clubs: West Hartford and Glastonbury. From 1999-2000 she served as District Governor of 108 clubs in Connecticut, western Massachusetts and eastern New York.

She also serves as a Director of the Connecticut Storytelling Center, and is a member of the West Hartford African American Social & Cultural Organization (WHAASCO).

Deb is the owner of Rooby Dooby’s Cakes, a baking and catering business in West Hartford. She lives there with her husband, Kim, and their wonderful dog Cressie.