Peace Church Welcomes The Rev. Dr. Gayle Baldwin

The Rev. Dr. Gayle Baldwin currently lives in Seneca with her spouse Kathy Tiemann and their two dogs Scooter and Harley.  As a retired associate professor of Philosophy and Religion from the University of North Dakota, Gayle brings teaching skills, yet much more. In fact, she considers writing her second vocation and has written her first novel and is working on the second. Besides her PhD, Gayle holds an MDiv from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin TX, an M.A. in English (Creative Writing—poetry) from the University of the Americas in Mexico and more recently, an MFA in fiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

In her 13 years at UND, she was invited by a group of students, faculty and staff to “cross the river to Minnesota” in order to create a mission community they called the Potting Shed. We can expect to hear stories of how they made an alternative church that fit their unique needs.

We found Gayle immediately engaging and inquisitive about Peace Church. While slightly different theologically from her Episcopal roots, our new model of worship appeals to Gayle’s creative nature. In fact, she has already dreamed with us about renaming our 4^th Sunday gathering to fit her own history and interests. Born and raised in Orangeburg, SC, Gayle has spent much of her life in the South with stints in North Carolina (St. Andrews Presbyterian College), TX and Columbia, SC.

A few phrases that the Search Committee members used to describe what we appreciate already about Gayle are, “takes risks to grow,” “self confident and lends confidence to others,” “great story teller,” “never meets a stranger,” “nurtures the ideas of others.” You’ll find a letter that she wrote  to us for this week’s the last segment below.