GREENVILLE – Fort Jefferson United Methodist Church is looking forward with excitement as they prepare to welcome a new pastor to their church family. Pastor Beth Vieira and her husband, Rick, will be coming to Darke County.
On June 21, the church family and friends will welcome the Vieiras with a continental breakfast and time to get acquainted from 9-10 a.m., followed by the worship service at 10:15 a.m. The community is encouraged to join Fort Jefferson in this special welcome event.
Pastor Beth Atkins Vieira was raised as a Methodist at Hyde Park Community UMC in Cincinnati. She earned a BFA degree in music at SUNY Purchase, New York, with a minor in pre-med. After graduating, she worked as a research assistant at Columbia University in the psychology and medical departments; ultimately changing her focus to law school.
After earning her J.D. at Pace University, she worked in the intellectual law field in Manhattan for 28 years; primarily in an international brand enforcement practice and for a major pharmaceutical company.
Pastor Beth was called to the ministry and entered the seminary at United Theological in Dayton and earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in pastoral care. She was commissioned as a provisional elder on June 2 at the West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church in Lakeside. Her doctoral project is in teaching as a chaplain at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati on the psychiatric ward, where the Holy Spirit, the Great Healer, is working.
Pastor Beth’s focus in ministry is the enlivening renewal of persons, brought about by our loving God as He renews the church in mission in our world.
Pastor Beth is married to Rick Vieira, a claims resolution attorney for The Hartford. They have two grown sons who live in New York and Chicago. Pastor Beth comes from a long line of Wesleyan ministers and is very pleased to be coming to serve the Lord in Fort Jefferson.
The church wants to thank Pastor Doug Baker for his excellent and faithful work in serving the Lord at Fort Jefferson UMC for the past 15 years. He will be continuing as pastor at Trinity UMC in Arcanum.