About our Pastor

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Reverend Sam Wilde

I am a graduate of Smith College, Yale Divinity School and the New Seminary. Raised Episcopalian with family roots in the Methodist Church, I have worked in ministry since my ordination in 2001. I loves HUMC! The welcoming, spirit-filled congregation has been my church home for eleven years and I come to the interim pastor-ship delighted to serve those I have worshiped with for so many years.

The mother of four children, ages 10, 8, 6 and 2, I feel a strong call to the vocation of motherhood. Having devoted the greater part of the past ten years to raising my children has certainly delivered the best kind of spiritual education! My children are my teachers and for some reason keep giving me lessons in patience….

For more than sixteen years I have taught yoga, primarily here in the Pioneer Valley; I’ve taught well over three thousand classes, including ones for children, babies, those in nursing homes, varsity athletes and, naturally, inflexible people! To me, the practice of yoga is a moving, breathing, living kind of prayer–an embodied form of praying, both in giving thanks and in calling out for guidance.

My call in ministry has always been to share the love of God out of my own journey of faith. I’ve had times in my life when I could not believe–for which I am deeply grateful. It helps me to understand those who struggle with belief. I’ve had times in my life where I’ve been overwhelmed by the presence of God, the company of Jesus and the energy of the Spirit. I am deeply grateful for these moments as they feed my soul, propel me on to a higher way of seeing the events of life, and strengthen me to keep walking with love. For me, there is no person outside of God’s love and care. That’s what I like about the radical teachings of Christ; and I am certainly a student!

In the other spaces of my life, I write novels, two of which have been published by Bantam Books. I take long walks and hikes, eat a lot of chocolate, read as much as I can, spend time with treasured friends, and savor the sweet days of having young children.

What else would you like to know? Ask me! 🙂

with love and blessings,

Pastor Sam