My name is Crystal (Micko) Schmalz, and I am a licensed minister with the UPCI. I received my general ministerial license with the MO district in April of 2012. I am a Master of Divinity student at Urshan Graduate School of Theology where I served as the student body president from 2010-2012. I am currently a resident hospital chaplain. I feel a call to pastoral administration and care, preaching, and writing Oneness Pentecostal literature. I have decided to write a blog for women in ministry, and I will daily try to post my thoughts about some of the things women face in ministry. I hope you will be encouraged and blessed by this blog. When I first began my quest in ministry, I was a teenager. I never dreamed God would call me to pastor or preach. I never dreamed God would use every part of my life for his glory and for his purpose. When I was twelve years old I felt an incredible call toward the ministry. I thought I would become a missionary to Japan or South America. Little did I know God was preparing my footsteps to enter these countries in only a few short years. Maybe God calls us in steps and stages. The grand finale of our life may not necessarily be everything we could dream up in the right here and now. I did travel to Japan as a teenager, and I lived in Mexico when I was in my early twenties. I was able to learn much from the people in these countries, and learned much about reliance on the Spirit of God. A woman who feels called to the ministry must learn first to rely on the Spirit of God. There can be many obstacles, but a firm foundation in the work and life of the Spirit holds one steady when the winds and storms rage.
Rev. Crystal August 14, 2012 0 comments
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.