The Rev. Dr. Mary Mason
The Rev. Dr. Mary Mason
Bishop Sally Dyck has appointed the Rev. Dr. Mary Mason as pastor of the Mabel-Newburg United Methodist Churches, and acting on behalf of the congregation, the Staff and Pastor Parish Relations Committee confirmed that appointment.

Mason is married to the Rev. Larry Mason, a retired Methodist minister, and they reside in their home in Rochester. Together they have six adult children and eight grandchildren. Mary Mason's mother is 91 years old and resides in Pennsylvania. Both have siblings in several locations in the United States.

The Rev. Dr. Mary Mason has a Doctor of Ministry degree in Biblical Preaching from Luther Seminary, St. Paul, a Masters of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary as well as a Masters of Arts in Theology from Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Ind. She also has over 20 years of ministerial experience.

The last 10 years she has served as pastoral care coordinator at Charter House in Rochester. Prior to that time, she served as a pastor in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at Garwin and Liscomb, Iowa; Canton and Waverly, Ill.; and Murray, Neb. She also served the Elba, Cotesfield and North Loup United Methodist Churches in Nebraska.

She has been appointed to a part-time position for the two churches. She will be in Mabel on a part-time basis or about two days per week to allow for visiting members, meetings and church services on Sundays. There has been no change to worship times or the schedule of alternating months in Mabel and Newburg. The first service with Mason will be at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 26, in Newburg.

Mason has experience in rural churches and she and her husband, Larry, look forward to becoming a part of the community. The congregations of Mabel and Newburg Methodist churches welcome both Reverend Masons.

At the same time, the congregations will be saying farewell to the Rev. Jeanne Martin, who has served the churches since 2003. A community open house is planned in her honor on the afternoon of Sunday, June 12, in Mabel. More information will be provided for that event at a later date.