Grace Presbytery welcomes Rev. Candice Richey Womack
The newly called pastor to United Presbyterian Church in Greenville is a California native who grew up riding horses and discovered an early love of foreign languages that led to a career in workplace and language literacy. Candice holds both a BA and Master of Arts in Spanish.
“After a few twists in turns that included teaching Spanish to serving as a youth pastor, I eventually heeded the call to attend seminary. I received my Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary in California, though my last year of the MDiv was spent in Houston as a pastoral intern at a PC(USA) church.”
In early spring 2018, while serving as staff chaplain at Houston Methodist Hospital, Candice’s husband accepted the offer to join the PhD program at SMU in Dallas, so she began the process of seeking a new call.
“As I looked at various MIF’s, (ministry information forms) I felt a sense of connection to the vision and mission of United Presbyterian. They felt the same toward me. As we further dialogued and then met, I felt instant comfort. They are a people who are kind, laid-back, and committed to their life together. We just connected!”
“When I arrived, UPC was (and is) in the midst of a huge building project. A month into my new call, we had to put everything in boxes and storage PODS. We were excited to see the brand-new commons building and the totally re-done education and administrative building, but the only part of the church we had access to was the sanctuary, the small parlor and a bathroom next to it.”
Candice says the UPC congregation impressed her with “their continued ability to go with the flow.”
“Despite all these changes, they have demonstrated continued commitment to the life of the church, to the giving of her ministries, and to attending church faithfully even with only one restroom available!”
Candice is most looking forward to UPC growing into a true neighborhood church – one where the surrounding community feels welcome and motivated to connect and plug in.
Whether it’s literacy, social justice, or perhaps food insecurity initiatives, Candice is hopeful and committed to brainstorming and building faith-based programs with the congregation’s help.
“United Presbyterian is a church that desires to be the presence of Christ in the world, and I am grateful to be walking alongside them in their desire.”
United Presbyterian Church is located at 5905 Stonewall Street in Greenville, Texas. Sunday worship takes place at 11:00 a.m. Sunday School is available for children, youth and adults at 9:00 a.m.