Patricia Lee Walz was commissioned for ministry in The United Methodist Church on Thursday May 28.
The Rev. Dr. Marcus Matthews, Resident Bishop of the New York West Area of The United Methodist Church, officiated over the solemn and celebratory service at 7 p.m. in Hendricks Chapel on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse.
Pastor Walz holds a master of divinity degree from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, as well as a master's and bachelor's degree in music education from Syracuse University and an associates in applied science in music. She currently serves the Dexter and Brownville United Methodist Churches, and prior to her appointment there, she served Warners United Methodist church as music director.
"Have you ever spoken to God or asked a question, not really expecting an answer? On a sunny summer day while feeling rather bored, I asked, "Okay, God. So, is this all there is?" I received an answer - a profound calling to pastoral ministry," Pastor Walz said. "In the years following my calling, I have realized that God's calling makes sense. As a teacher, I developed a deep love and appreciation for humanity and have become involved with building programs and service work. My leadership and writing skills and public speaking and performance experiences have become valuable tools for proclaiming the Word of God and making disciples for Christ, preparing people for ministry, and leading in service of 'justice, mercy, and faith.'"
Pastor Walz was a music teacher in the Liverpool Central School District from 1989 to 2008. She now resides in Dexter with her husband, Victor Walz.