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Methodist Church greets new pastor


August 3, 2016

Brittany Allen

NEW FACE: New Pastor Pat Longstroth greets a worshiper at the Goldendale United Methodist Church.

As of July 1, the Goldendale United Methodist Church (GUMC) welcomed a new pastor by the name of Rev. Pat Longstroth.

Longstroth did not start out teaching from the pulpit, though she was raised in a very religious family in Michigan. Longstroth originally began her professional life as an elementary and middle school teacher.

"During the time that I was teaching, I felt God calling me to move in a different direction, but for a long time I wasn't sure what that direction might be," Longstroth said.

In 1999, Longstroth's mother was diagnosed with cancer and was later entered into hospice care. During this time, a hospice chaplain visited with her family and simultaneously put a name t...

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