CAZENOVIA — The First Presbyterian Church of Cazenovia announced that on Feb. 27, Reverend Anna Gheen will be the new pastor of the church.
Gheen grew up in Idaho, went to school in New Jersey, and is currently pastoring in California. She holds an A.A. in business marketing and management from Eastern Idaho Technical College and a B.S. in business marketing Management from Western Governors University. She earned her master of divinity, an M.A. in Christian education and formation, and a certificate in Christian/Jewish Relations from Princeton Theological Seminary. A strong proponent of lifelong learning, she has also earned a certificate in spiritual direction from Oasis Ministries and is currently completing a graduate certificate in ministry and disability with Western Theological Seminary.
Gheen is a second career minister and has experience in a variety of fields including business and government. She has worked as a corporate buyer and served as a staff assistant in the U.S. Senate. A strong advocate of disability inclusion, she is the founder of the Association of Disabled Seminarians and Allies.
She served nine years as a writer for Wycliffe Bible Translators and continues to freelance in her spare time. Her recent endeavors include the development of a YouTube channel for those uncomfortable with reading or otherwise unable to read scripture for themselves.
Gheen is currently providing chaplaincy services for her local firefighters and is also a nationally registered emergency medical technician. She looks forward to becoming involved with Cazenovia’s Fire Department as well as CAVAC.
When not working, Gheen enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, snow, and water sports.
Her artistic pursuits including painting, stone carving, and mixed media.
A self-identified “nerd,” her hobbies include playing the guitar, ukulele, gaming (video, board games, and rpg’s), and spending time with Greta, her domestic short hair cat. She connects deeply with her Native American heritage and is working to become more fluent in the Tsalagi (Cherokee) language.
The First Presbyterian Church is well positioned to continue making a difference within the village of Cazenovia and beyond as the church bears witness to the faith passed on to us by previous generations,” Gheen said. “It will be my privilege to partner with Caz Pres and this community in this journey as we grow together in faith, hope, and love.”
All are invited to Gheen’s first Sunday preaching at the 10 a.m. service at Caz Pres on Feb. 27.
All are welcome. Masks are encouraged.
For more information visit the church’s website: cazpres.org.