Pastor Owen

Owen Skinner has been a United Methodist Elder for over twenty years. He has previously served as a Youth Pastor, a Congregational Care Minister, an Associate Pastor and as a Senior Pastor. Owen joined Loganville First as our Senior Pastor on June 20th.

 Owen was born and reared outside of New Orleans in Slidell, Louisiana.  His church life began at Aldersgate UMC where his parents were charter members and the church was his playground. In junior high, his family moved to Oklahoma City and were faithful members of Putnam City UMC.  During an evangelistic camp called Dayspring, Owen heard his call to pastoral ministry and accepted it later in the midst of a youth revival in Dallas, TX.  He began in youth ministry, in various church and camp ministry settings, while attending Oklahoma City University.  While working toward his MDiv at Candler School of Theology, he was employed at the Atlanta Union Mission where he met, in his words, his beautiful and compassionate wife, Kelly.  They were married during the time Owen served his first appointment as the youth minister at Boston Avenue UMC in Tulsa, OK.  As they began to think about having children, Owen and Kelly moved back to Georgia to be close to Kelly’s family and Owen served Snellville UMC in youth ministry, pastoral care, missions and senior adult ministry. He has also served as the senior pastor of Mount Vernon UMC in Rocky Face. His love for being on a pastoral team, preaching and congregational care took him next to Tucker First UMC.  He comes to Loganville First as Senior Pastor after serving eight years as the Associate at Tucker First.

In his spare time, Owen enjoys being with Kelly and his family. (You can learn more about their family at http://www.icgodnu2.blogspot.com/.) Whenever they have the opportunity, the family loves swimming, tubing and knee boarding on the lake.  Owen’s  favorite way to spend quiet/reflection time is cycling.  Although, the occasional cycling race with others is just as exhilarating!  His favorite foods are sushi and hot tamale candies (but not at the same time!).   And last but not least, He loves getting to know people.  All of us have amazing stories where God is present in obvious or subtle ways.  It is Owen’s joy and privilege to help us see them more clearly through the ministry at Loganville First UMC.

[The above was adapted from previously know material about Owen and his family.   Watch this space for Owen’s first-hand biography coming soon.]