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Rev. Chris Wilbur new pastor at DeQuincy UMC

Rev. Chris Wilbur has assumed the pastoral duties at DeQuincy United Methodist Church, succeeding the Rev. Dr. Gloria Youngblood. She and her husband, Kenneth, arrived in DeQuincy on June 24.

Rev. Wilbur is a native of Waynesburg, Pa. and graduated from high school at the American Community School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has attended Texarkana Community College, Texas; Texas A & M at Texarkana, Texas; East Texas State University at Commerce, Texas; and Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She is currently undergoing certification at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.

Wilbur worked for 25 years as a psychological examiner and school psychologist with two other clinical psychologists. She was a certified lay speaker for 10 years before becoming a part-time local pastor.

On Jan. 1, 2004, she became a full-time local pastor at Red Bayou United Methodist Church in Douglasville, Texas. Wilbur transferred to the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church in 2009. She spent three years as pastor at Grayson UMC in Grayson and three years at Ellerbe Road UMC in Shreveport.

Rev. and Mr. Wilbur were married in 1968. They have four grown children: Annette lives in Little Rock, Ark.; Todd lives in Simms, Texas; DeWayne lives in North Little Rock, Ark.; and Montie lives in Benton, Ark. The couple has eight grandchildren.

Mr. Wilbur started working at 18. He spent six years as a journeyman carpenter and then worked for 40 years at M. L. James Construction before retiring.

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