Back on Sunday August 10, 2008, Coldwater United Methodist Church, a congregation of about 50 regular attending people located in Oxford, Alabama, held a homecoming celebration. It was during the fellowship after the service in which Walter Jones a gentleman who grow up in the community pointed out a significant fact.
“This year has become a historical year for Coldwater,” Mr. Jones said. “Coldwater received their first women pastor since the church was established over 150 years ago.”
That pastor’s name is Rev. Angela Denise Teel. The Colwater congregation like some other churches accepting their first woman pastor had some reservations, but as Angela has served as their Pastor for the last four months the people seem to have connected with her and the congregation is moving ahead in ministry.
The congregation is currently working their way through Natural Church Development and have ambitions to continue to grow spiritually and physically. Coldwater UMC also began working toward another Conference priority of empowering a new generation of Christians when in early August the congregation set up a youth and children's council to enhance the churches ability to reach young people. Earlier this month, the congregtaion began a study on Romans each Sunday night. With the attendance more than doubling from previous Sunday nights.