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Get to know Pastor Gia Hall

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

— 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NRSV)

Education & Professional Career
I graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Analysis and then I attended New York Institute of Technology to attain a Master degree in Human Resource management and Industrial Labor Relations. I had worked in Public Accounting before entering the transportation industry where I analyzed union labor contracts and financial operating budgets. I had worked in the financial service industry managing hedge funds while attending seminary at night. In 2007, I graduated from New Brunswick Theological Seminary. I am a certified guardian in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

Background
I was baptized into the Methodist Church as an infant. I received my call to pastoral ministry when I was 16 and shortly thereafter, I became a lay speaker, and taught Sunday school. Before I knew it, I was developing community  outreach programs for mothers with young children and summer vacation bible school. I also began leading worship, bible study, prayer meetings, and puppet ministry then I eventually became lay leader. My community service began in 1994 when I became an educational advocate and was publicly elected as a Board of Education member of the public school that I had attended. I also promoted educational advocacy for homeless Long Island families in working as an administrator for New Ground a local agency that supports homeless shelters. I have served the Long Island East District Committee for 12 years. I served on the Long Island Council of Churches for 14 years. Upon my commissioning in June of 2008, I was appointed to the Woodbury United Methodist Church. In 2010, I was appointed to the Trinity United Methodist Church in Coram. I took a leave of absence in 2012 to care for aging family members. In November of 2012, I coordinated site efforts for Sandy Disaster Relief in Freeport until returning to an appointment in July of 2013 at West Hills. I was a participant in the Bishops Pastoral Excellence  Group and race and religion studies. I continue to serve as a Spiritual Director for the Conference Walk to Emmaus spiritual development ministry. In 2016 was ordained into full membership of Elders orders to the United Methodist New York Annual Conference. I continue to be an advocate for those with Special needs as they are part of God’s creation that Jesus held a special place in His ministry. A seat at God’s table began as an interfaith table approach to reaching the developmentally disabled through worship and teaching them about Jesus from the Seder to Communion. Prior to the pandemic Carpenter Memorial had a ministry working with homeless men in Glen Cove and during the pandemic UMCOR helped us to work with community groups to feed families in Glen Cove. Our Worship service was blended and included a children’s message that began before service and then continued before the sermon as this accommodated their special need. During the pandemic, the people of Glen Cove were also fed with the word of God through Zoom Bible study that focuses on the organic nature of Jesus Christ and prayer. All Christian churches in Glen Cove gathered for community Easter sunrise service.

 

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