Vicar Deb Monnin – Fun Facts
I’m glad to be serving with you at First English and am looking forward to getting to know
you. I thought I’d share some fun facts with you to get us started!
My husband Bruce and I raised two girls, Alexandra and Rebekah.
Alex is married to Bryce and they live in Cincinnati with their dog and cat. They both are
engineers and thankfully have continued to work through this COVID time.
Rebekah recently graduated from the University of Cincinnati and is eagerly waiting to
start her first full time job in Engineering. She is staying with us in Minster and working
at the Wooden Shoe this summer.
We live in Minster and Bruce and I do stats for the football team. We always look
forward to the Minster/Wapak football scrimmage in the fall (and in getting some chicken
dinners)! Bruce also has a podcast about MAC football and freelance writes for the
Celina paper sports page.
I worked as an engineer for 30 years and always have had a pull to the church, to doing
God’s work and thought I should be doing more. Through prayer, quiet contemplation
and with the help of pastors and mentors around me, God’s call was clearer and louder
and now I’m becoming a second career pastor.
I have an engineering degree from University of Cincinnati, I’ve led many teams, several
church councils and projects both in the business world and in church and I’ve
participated in many Bible studies. Most recently I’ve completed several Diakonia
courses (these are offered to strengthen lay leaders), the Synodically Authorized
Minister (S.A.M.) training, and have attended the discernment retreat offered by the
synod. I am applying to Seminary now, into a distance learning program. I am officially
a Student Pastor – AKA – Vicar. You can call me Deb, Vicar Deb, or Student Pastor
My favorite Bible verse is from Philippians 4. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say
Rejoice…The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and
supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of
God…will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” This calls to me because even
though life may be hard, I need not worry, because through prayer, Christ is with me
guarding and guiding my heart and mind and giving me peace.
Thank you for serving God with me these months at First English. I’m looking forward to
learning more about you!