Meet our Pastor!
On June 30th, 2019, the First United Methodist Church of Silver City welcomed its new pastor; Reverend Jared W. Secret. Pastor Secret was born in Washington D.C. The son of a career Air Force Chaplain, his family moved quite often giving him the opportunity to see much of our country and Europe. They lived in Maryland, Colorado, Germany, Indiana, and Alamogordo, New Mexico where he graduated high school and played tennis, basketball, and baseball.
Pastor Secret answered his own call to ministry by teaching Christian Adult Education courses and serving in youth-ministry. He is coming to Silver City after serving as pastor of the FUMC in Melrose, New Mexico for two years, and three years in a dual appointment at FUMC of Crane, Texas and Union Church of Grandfalls, Texas.
His professional experience includes 15 years of business management and 3 years of regional oversight in the mental health field. Pastor Secret has a B.A. in Psychology from New Mexico State University, a M.A. in Religion from Liberty University, a Master of Divinity from Harrison Graduate School and has begun his work toward a Doctor of Ministry through Fuller Theological Seminary.
Pastor Secret’s family includes his wife of 16 years Jodi, daughters Jaden and Cameron, and their son Zane. Jodi grew up in the First United Methodist Church in Melrose, NM and continues to enjoy serving in the Methodist Church community with her husband and children. Jodi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in Substance Use, Addictions, Depression, Suicide Ideation and enjoys working with underprivileged communities as well as serving her own community of Native Americans; striving to improve the lives of others. Jodi has a MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a BS in Psychology with a major in Addictions and Recovery, and a minor in Christian Counseling. Jaden lives and works in Portland, Oregon, while Cameron is active with volleyball, basketball and tennis and is in the 11th grade. Zane loves playing basketball and is in 7th grade.