Pastor Penny has served as a full-time pastor in the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church since 2011 and was ordained as an Elder in 2014. She graduated from the Perkins School of Theology with a Master of Divinity degree in 2010. She served as senior pastor at Pilot Point First United Methodist Church from 2011 to 2019 and as senior pastor at Buckingham United Methodist Church in Garland from 2019 to 2023 before coming to New Covenant United Methodist Church on July 1, 2023. Before answering the call to professional ministry Penny spent 20 years in the field of early childhood and elementary education where she taught in both private and public schools.
Pastor Penny was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and has lived in the North Texas area for the last 35 years. She enjoys taking walks and spending time with her sweet puppy dog Bentley and is grateful for any time she gets to spend with her large extended family and her close friends. Reading, calligraphy, dabbling with watercolors, drawing, doing puzzles, and going to the beach are among her hobbies and interests.
Pastor Penny’s gifts for ministry include preaching, pastoral care, and missions. She believes her primary role as pastor is to proclaim the Gospel of God’s inclusive love for all people and to plant seeds of hope that God can use to transform lives. The scripture that has guided much of her life in ministry is Jeremiah 29:11-12. “For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.”