Beth Irwin became a member of Epworth United Methodist Church in 2008 and joined the Epworth staff as Director of Health Ministries/Parish Visitor and Director of Communications in 2013. In between, she became involved with planning the monthly Healing and Wholeness Service and monthly Vespers services at Sunset House, Kingston of Sylvania, and Swan Creek retirement communities, and also became a Stephen Minister. As a pilgrim on the Women’s Walk to Emmaus in 2011, she became aware of God working in her life but it was a year later when she realized God was calling her to ministry.
In July 2015, she was appointed Pastor of Congregational Care and Senior Adult Ministries. Pastor Beth is a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church. Her primary focus is keeping the homebound members of the Epworth congregation connected to their faith family. She coordinates the Caring Heart ministry – a team of volunteers who visit homebound members on a monthly basis. With the support of the Wellness Ministry Team, Pastor Beth’s office organizes the annual Health Fair, three annual blood drives for the American Red Cross, a flu shot clinic each fall, and a variety of fitness classes for all ages. Pastor Beth also provides pastoral care in hospital, rehabilitation, assisted living, and home settings. Her favorite part of ministry is listening, providing comfort in times of trial, and helping people find hope in difficult circumstances.
Pastor Beth has two daughters, Caelan and Cameron, who love being involved in mission and outreach in Toledo and around the country. Both have been active in Sunday school, KidsROC, and SWAT youth ministries at Epworth. A native of northeast Ohio and an alumna of the University of Toledo, Pastor Beth’s interests include stories (published and unpublished, spoken and unspoken); attending writing conferences; painting; and being outdoors.