Debbie Bledsoe began her role as a co-pastor at First Mennonite Church in Edmonton on August 23. Bledsoe, who is a recent graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, describes her journey to pastoral calling as wrestling with God.
When she was part of Raleigh Mennonite Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, her pastor said to her, “Everyone else can see you’re supposed to be a pastor; everyone else can tell. Why don’t you apply to seminary?”
Bledsoe dismissed the idea for as long as she could. “Finally, God wouldn’t leave me alone,” said Bledsoe, “and I said, ‘I’ll do it.’’ ’
Bledsoe interned at Seattle Mennonite Church and felt a desire to serve in an urban congregation in a more northern region. She submitted her application to First Mennonite Church and found her candidating experience to be “affirming and incredible.” Bledsoe, along with her wife Emily, moved to Edmonton. “I was certain everyone else was wrong about my calling, but here I am living the absolute dream,” she said.