Friday, July 20, 2018
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors
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Rev. Wilkins came to Donovan Memorial during the summer of 2014.  He was born and raised in Northern Virginia, earned a BA in Psychology from George Mason University and is a graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary.  Ed has been an ordained UM Minister in Virginia for 40 years and, since 1995, has been a certified mediator for all levels of court in the Virginia Judicial System.  He has mediated more than 1000 family cases since then.

Ed's wife, Darlene, is a retired school social worker who just recently entered the ministry and is finishing her seminary work at Eastern Mennonite Seminary this year.  She is currently serving as an associate pastor at the Mt. Pleasant Charge in Mt. Jackson (Hawkinstown, Otterbein Chapel, Mt. Clifton and Mt. Hermon near Bryce Resort).  Ed and Darlene have their own home at New Market and plan to remain living there.

They have been married 36 years and have four children and two grandchildren.  The oldest son and daughter, Mike and Janene, and the youngest daughter, Erin, live in or near Winchester.  The youngest son, Paul, lives in Richmond and is currently serving his country in Africa.  The two grandchildren are the children of Janene;  Kellen just graduated from James Wood High School and Glena is starting 4th grade.

Ed has served several charges in the conference and comes from an extension ministry of Apple Valley Mediation Network, Inc. housed in Woodstock and serving several counties.  He founded it as one of the nine non-profit providers of mediation in Virginia and served as its Executive Director for 20 years.  He previously served the Shenandoah county churches of Shiloh in Strasburg and Mt. Olive at Toms Brook.

Ed Wilkins has been especially active in ministering to the needs of his congregations through home and hospital visitation, strengthening community outreach, and with programs for children and youth.

In order to get to know the new congregation personally, Ed is making short scheduled visits to each home.  He has been delighted at the warm welcome he has received and the people of the congregation are pleased that he cares enough to make these visits a high and immediate priority.

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