May 30, 2021 – 1st Sunday after Pentecost
On this Trinity Sunday, the Rev. Rachel Frank joined us virtually from the UK and explored what it means to “live by the spirit.”
The Rev. Rachel Frank was born and raised in the Northeastern US before moving to Atlanta to attend Candler School of Theology, from which she graduated with her Master of Divinity in 2008. While a student at Candler, she was a pastoral intern at Oakhurst Baptist. After graduating, she worked as Assistant Minister at OBC for three years, primarily as the leader of the Youth Ministry Team, and she was ordained at Oakhurst in 2009.
In 2013, Rachel moved to the United Kingdom and earned a Master of Philosophy in Religious Studies at Bristol University. Rachel then began serving the Methodist Church in Britain as a ‘Recognised and Regarded Presbyter’ in 2014, with pastoral charge of two churches in Birmingham. She was Received into ‘Full Connexion’ with the Methodist Church in the Summer of 2019. Also in 2019, Rachel changed appointments and began serving one church in Chepstow, Wales. From September, however, she will have six Methodist churches under her pastoral charge.
Rachel has maintained her ties with Oakhurst since moving to the UK, and she still sees it as her spiritual home. Without OBC, Rachel has no doubt that she would not be serving the Church in this way, as Oakhurst transformed the way she saw the Church and what it has the potential to be. She will always view herself as a Baptist at heart (though, of course, not one of those Baptists)!