Q&A with Salem UMC’S new pastor
Salem United Methodist Church welcomed a new pastor recently in the Rev. Joe Peabody, a self-labeled preacher’s kid, sports junkie, lover of sailing, devoted husband and father of two.
Peabody, 43, is a native Georgian who has served in ministry for many years, including as a youth minister, associate pastor and head pastor at churches in Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma.
He was kind enough to participate in a Q&A with The News. A couple of questions are listed below, and the full Q&A can be found at CovNews.com.
Q: Why did you get into the pastoral field?
Long story. Bottom line: there came a point in my life when I knew that I was not living a live whole-heartedly surrendered to God and his will for my life because, although I was actively seeking to serve him as faithful Christian, I was seeking only to do so on my own terms. I had yielded authority in my life over to God…or at least I had as best I knew how at the time (for I’m still learning)… but I had withheld one area of my life — my vocation. At the moment, I stopped saying “no” and initially said yes, I didn’t even know what I was saying yes to. I just knew I couldn’t pretend that I had fully yielded to his Lordship of my life when I was so clearly in outright rebellion in that one area. Most of my friends thought I was a pretty sincere, faithful, committed Christian at the time. And I was. But I was trying to live the Chris- tian life on my own terms, and that’s disobedience. So I started saying “yes” as best I knew how. And I’ve been doing my best to walk through whatever doors God opens ever since.
Q: How would you describe your preaching style/philosophy?
I want my preaching to be both hopeful and helpful. I get accused of being a tad professorial at times. I guess I’m a blend of teacher and story-teller. Mostly, I’m a guy who believes what he says.
The Rev. Joe Peabody, who is the new pastor at Salem United Methodist Church, said his wife Allison is the best thing about him. The two were married in April 2011, and Peabody is now the proud step-father of Parker and Ashton Maddrey.