We have a NEW PASTOR at Vanna, UMC

Greetings to the good folks at the Vanna Church! I’m looking forward to meeting all of you soon. Until then, I’ve been asked to write a bio to let you know a little bit about me and my family.


My husband, Jim, and I have been together for 26 years. Jim currently helps care for his ailing

mother in Rabun, so he will most likely alternate between our worship services depending on what’s going on that week. Jim and I have two

children: a 25 year old son, Tyler, who lives in Clarkesville, GA, and a 22 year old daughter, Laramie, is a senior at NGCSU in Dahlonega, GA.


I have served as a pastor in the UMC for 8 years. This summer, I start the remaining work for ordination, which (God willing) will take place in June 2013. I’ve earned a Bachelor’s in Religion from Liberty University, a Master of Divinity from Emory, and I am currently finishing up a Doctor of Ministry degree at Mercer. I only have 6 more months of school work left, and I am very excited at the prospect of graduating in May 2013. Sometimes the best way to get a sense of who people are is to ask them what they love. So, I’ll share some of our favorite things with you.


Music: Classic rock and blues. Jim plays guitar. I like to listen.

Sports: We both love kayaking. Jim is a huge bicycling fan (are there any riders out there?)

Foods: Mexican (we like it hot!), salads, BBQ, grilled chicken and burgers.

Live entertainment: We enjoy going to concerts. I also like going to the theater for plays.

Vacation spots: Any location on the Gulf coast, in Key West, or out west.

Dream trip: To visit all of the National Parks in America.

TV and Movies: We like shows about history and nature, and movies in the comedy genre.

Bible verses: Romans 8:1-2, Isaiah 26:3, Psalm 139, Ecclesiastes 12:1-7

Hymns: Come Thou Fount, Be Thou My Vision, Great is Thy Faithfulness

I hope that helps give you some sense of who we are. I’ve already started praying for you all at Vanna. Will you please keep me and Jim in your prayers? By the way, if any of you are interested in being one of my regular “Sunday morning prayer partners,” please let me know. I would greatly appreciate having a couple of folks who will briefly pray with me right before each Sunday service begins. May God bless us all as we begin ministry together.


Rev. Lacey Bowcock

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