St. Paul's United Methodist Church
Tuesday, July 05, 2022



We invite you to worship with us each Sunday!
You will be warmly welcomed as you experience
the love and the grace of God through our
Sunday worship services and teaching.




Summer Worship Schedule

Begins Sunday, June 12th, with one in-person worship service 

at 9:00 AM.


The services will be livestreamed and will be

made available via internet on YouTube 



The folks of St. Paul’s offer worship in which we honor tradition, are challenged with the Christian journey, celebrate the Word and share our stories in the intimate setting that is St. Paul's Church. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to worship for the Children’s Celebration at each service. If you and your family are searching for meaningful worship and discipleship, join us for these opportunities to explore your faith. St. Paul’s is a spiritual home for people of all ages and backgrounds and for families, traditional and non-traditional, where creativity and passion for the Gospel flourish and we are bound by the love of God that draws us together.
JUNE 16. 2022

Pastor Kevin Benjamin’s Ordination will take place virtually on Saturday, June 18th, at 2:00 p.m. LIVESTREAM will be posted and can be accessed on





  • African American Summit - Wednesday, June 15 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Clergy Session -  Thursday, June 16 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Laity Session - Thursday, June 16 - 1:00 pm
    • Registration link emailed to voting members only. Non-voting members may watch the live stream. Access to live stream will be posted on Peninsula DE website. The website is
    • Mellisa Brooks is the Lay Delegate. Janet Miller is the alternate.
  • Plenary Session - Friday June 17 - 9:00 a.m.
    • Non-voting members may watch the live stream. Access to live stream will be posted on
  • Evening of Celebration - Friday June 17 - 7:00 p.m. (retirees, licensed local pastors, earthkeepers, CLMs, etc) LIVESTREAM will be posted
  • Service of Remembrance  - Saturday June 18 - 10:00 a.m. LIVESTREAM will be posted on
  • Service of Commissioning and Ordination will take place on Saturday June 18 - 2:00 p.m. LIVESTREAM will be posted on
St. Paul's UMC of Odessa  celebrates Juneteenth! Juneteenth – June 19 – marks the day enslaved African Americans in west Texas learned of their freedom. It is the oldest of all African American celebrations. It was June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas when Union Army General Gordon Granger read General Order Number 3 declaring, “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free” and “the connection (between former master and slave) becomes that between employer and hired labor.” The enslaved African Americans in west Texas were the last to learn of their freedom as granted in the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier. Celebrations of Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day – began a year later in Texas and quickly spread to surrounding states. Commemorations waned during the Jim Crow era but resumed in the Civil Rights era of the1950s and 1960s. Although many celebrations will be virtual this year, the numbers are increasing in 2020 and are often including calls and actions to end racism. The District of Columbia and 47 states recognize Juneteenth, although few designate it as a legal holiday. Increasingly, businesses are closing on Juneteenth. The General Board of Church and Society announced on June 18 that it would make Juneteenth a paid holiday for all employees. Over the years, celebrations have included parades, picnics, dancing, sporting events, music, plays, recounting of stories by former slaves, inspirational speeches, reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and prayer services. Churches have long been in the forefront of celebrating Juneteenth for a day, a week or the entire month. Juneteenth a celebration by all to celebrate  of an event that occurred more than 150 years ago.   (Taken from UMC source)
Pastor Kevin and Jenneth Benjamin thanks the entire St. Paul's family for their their many acts and expressions of love during his farewell celebration on last Sunday. A special thanks is also extended to Sister Cathy Blanco and Pastor Nancee Bleistine for coordinating everything.

Rick Pulling/SPRC Announcement

of New Pastor

March 2022


I am pleased to announce that Bishop LaTrelle Easterly has assigned Reverend Linda Driver Ray, to guide us forward on the path at hand. She is assigned to St. Paul’s UMC effective July 1st.


Pastor Linda comes to us from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church where she has been since 2002, and most recently Pastor at Chamberlayne Heights UMC, Richmond, Virginia, ( Pastor Linda’s desire is, “…. To continue to serve the church as an ordained minister, making use of {my} gifts of mentoring, administration, pastoral leadership, and teaching.”


Pastor Linda obtained her undergraduate degree at Rhodes College and her Master of Divinity at Memphis Theological Seminary, both located in Memphis, TN. She has done additional course work at University of Arkansas-Little Rock and Scarritt College in Nashville, TN. She brings with her 30 years of progressively responsible experience in religion, music, education, and community service. She has served in a variety of churches with membership ranging from 15 to 1500 as a station pastor, associate pastor, staff specialist, teacher, and administrator. Pastor Linda will be looking for a home in the Dover area to be closer to her daughter who resides in Ocean Pines, MD.


St. Paul’s UMC is blessed with this appointment and SPRC is pleased with the Bishop’s decision to assign Pastor Linda to us!