Meet Rev. Meredith Hinton, WUMC’s New Minister of Youth
This month at Weddington United Methodist Church, we are thrilled to welcome our new Minister of Youth, Reverend Meredith Hinton. Rev. Hinton will begin her new role in April as Co-Minister of the Youth program along with Charlie Brown. She previously served at Weddington as a Youth Ministry Intern from 2009 to 2010 and has since gone on to study and graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from UNC Charlotte in 2011 and a Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School in 2014. During her time in Divinity School, Meredith also served in Youth Ministry at five rural churches. After graduating from Duke and getting married, she and her husband, who is also a United Methodist pastor, moved to Burnsville where she helped pioneer a youth ministry called Summit Student Ministry. She is currently in the ordination process and was commissioned at Annual Conference as a Provisional Deacon in 2015.
Meredith has always felt a strong call to serve in ministry. “I always tell people it’s hard for me to remember a time when I didn’t feel called into ministry… I knew I had an undeniable call to go wherever God would send me. Throughout high school and college I was given tremendous opportunities to explore my call to youth ministry. Charlie Brown was a great mentor for me as I grew and developed an understanding of what it meant to walk alongside youth, disciple them, and help them grow in their faith.”
Meredith is looking forward to returning “home” to Weddington UMC. “I am excited to see all that has changed since my time at Weddington, and I am excited to see all that God is doing in the lives of our youth and adults. It is a joy to return to Weddington because of the people and the community. I am thankful to have another opportunity to serve with Charlie Brown and count it a great blessing to be in youth ministry with someone I respect and admire. I am very excited to get to know everyone, collaborate together, and dream about what the future will look like for our youth.”
Weddington United Methodist Church looks forward to welcoming Meredith and her husband Rev. Brad Hinton into our community of faith as we seek to Worship God with Passion. The two are also expecting their first child in early September. Her
official start date is April 1, 2016.