A Word from Your Rev. Kenneth J. Fizer, Jr.
Greetings in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I am honored to be your new pastor. We are excited to begin ministry with the Thurmont UMC. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know you in the coming days. I thought I would take this first news-letter to introduce you to my family.
The Fizer family consist of Nancy, Sarah, Ansel, Georgia and me, the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Joseph Fizer, Jr., but I prefer “Pastor Ken”. Ansel and Georgia are the kittens our daughter brought home from college. Our daughter, Sarah is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she received her Bachelor’s of Music Education. She spent several summers as a lifeguard and resource staff at Camp Manidokan. Sarah is currently living in Boston, MA where she serves as an Americorps volunteer at the YMCA International Learning Center and contemplates graduate school.
Nancy and I have been married for more than 25 years. She is originally from New Castle in the Western PA Conference. She studied Christian Education and theatre at West Virginia Wesleyan College and also has a Masters of Religious Education from Wesley Theological Seminary. After working as a Christian Educator in a local church she enjoyed being a mom and wife while becoming a preschool teacher and a substitute teacher in Berkeley County, WV. She spent our last year there as long term substitute music teacher for an intermediate school.
I begin our ministry together in preaching the Good News of Jesus Christ. I have served churches in Fallston, MD, Hagerstown MD, Martinsburg, WV and Keedysville, MD. My undergraduate degree is in business administration from Shippensburg University and I have a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. I am originally from Hagerstown and am a 5th-degree black belt in Korean Karate. I have started Karate ministries at each of my appointments. Thurmont UMC has some exciting ministries and I look forward to sharing in them and identifying more ways we can proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ in the world together.
In Christ’s Service,