Pastor's Message

July 2021

"Preaching Women of Summer"

After a lengthy stretch through a year and a half of the pandemic, Pastor Mary Sue has finally been able to take some time away for a vacation and attending to specific needs of her family. During her time away in June, POVUCC has delighted in hearing Sunday messages from Camille Pederson. Camille is a former POV intern and Duke Divinity School graduate. Currently, Camille is completing a residency program in Clinical Pastoral Education at Sharp Memorial Hospital. As a member in discernment seeking ordination in the UCC, and as a member of Pioneer Ocean View, we have enjoyed hearing Camille’s messages on prayer. 

For the remaining period of Pastor Mary Sue’s absence, we will hear from two other amazing women. On July 4 and July 25, we will hear from the Rev. Dr. Nancy Conklin, while on Jul 11 and July 18 our message will be delivered by the Rev. Bev Franco. 

The Rev. Dr. Nancy Conklin came to ministry late in life, after retiring from a 30-year career with American Airlines. She was accepted into the Emerson Theological Seminary in 2005, completing the Bachelor of Religious Studies and Master of Divinity programs. Recognizing her calling was specifically to Hospice Chaplaincy and the many faith traditions she would encounter in caring for her patients’ spiritual needs, she returned for her Doctorate in Interfaith Ministry, which she completed in 2009. Rev. Nancy served with San Diego Hospice and Mission Hospice for 13 years, retiring again in 2020 due to COV-19. She continues to serve with the Chaplaincy Program at Sharp Memorial Hospital as a member of the Professional Pastoral Committee.

The Rev. Bev Franco is ordained in the Presbyterian Church (USA). She received her call into ministry and started seminary at the age of 50. She was ordained in 2012. She currently serves as the Chaplain at Casa de Manana, a retirement community in La Jolla. Bev has been married to Al for 41 years, and has two daughters, two sons-in-law, and a ten-year-old grandson named Luke. She lives in Serra Mesa.

We appreciate these “preaching women” as they share their gifts and talents from the pulpit. Thank you to them for their efforts and for sharing the Word of God with us this summer! AND thank you to all of you for welcoming them to our pulpit!