I’d like to introduce myself to you.  I am Rev. Deanna M. Young, an ordained Elder in the Texas Annual Conference.  I have been married to Scott for over 42 years and we have 3 adult children and 8 grandchildren:  Scott (son) who lives in Dallas; Cheryl and her husband Jason living in The Woodlands with their 6 children—Christian, Parker, Avery, Liam, Madeline and Greyson; and Victoria and her 2 children—Eliza and Olivia.

I have my undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Science in Biology) from Sam Houston State and my Master of Divinity from Perkins, Southern Methodist University. I am a second career pastor and my first career was as a Fitness Professional having owned my own business as well as serving as Fitness Director for the YMCA for many years. God prepared me for ministry through my first career by helping people take care of their physical bodies.  Now I help them take care of themselves spiritually.  One of my favorite Scriptures is Philippians 4.13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  I have learned firsthand that God enables me to “know things I couldn’t possibly know, do things I couldn’t possibly do, and be more than I could possibly be but for the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.”

I love to preach, teach, write, lead retreats and help God’s people to understand and live into what it means to be “followers of Jesus Christ.” Some of my hobbies include (besides being with my family) painting, gardening, reading, and traveling with my husband.  I served at Christ Church United Methodist as a pastor for over 6 years and was a member before that for 8 years.  I have also served on various committees for the Texas Annual Conference and as well as retreat speaker for churches inside and outside of Texas.  As I came to Fairbanks, I did so with this Scripture from the Book of Acts 2.42-47, on my heart,

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common….Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.”

And these are the words I would like for all of us to pray into,

“And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.”

Sisters and brothers, I am on a mission from God to serve Fairbanks United Methodist Church and to grow the Kingdom of God.  I cannot wait to see what God is doing in and through this church.



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