Telley Lynnette Gadson is an elder in full connection in The United Methodist Church. A graduate of the University of South Carolina and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, she has spoken and preached at events and worship services throughout the country.
On June 26, 2013, after 14 years with Saint Mark UMC (Sumter, SC), Reverend Gadson began a new journey in ministry as the Senior Pastor of Saint Mark and Saint Matthew United Methodist Churches (Taylors/Greenville, SC). After only one year in this appointment, God blessed Reverend Gadson with the favor of effective ministry to lead both congregations into becoming “station church appointments!” This historic opportunity moved both churches, after sharing ministers for 148 years, to having their own respective pastors. By this same token, on June 25, 2014, Reverend Gadson became the first full time Senior Pastor in the history of Saint Mark United Methodist Church (Taylors, South Carolina), where she continues to serve God and God’s people with F.I.R.E. – Faith, Inspiration, Redemption, and Excellence!
She is author of African American History Month Daily Devotions (2016), Abingdon Press, and President of the National Black Clergy Women of the United Methodist Church.
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