Full time student becomes full time pastor

By Arielle Clay

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - A 20-year-old full time University of Alabama student is juggling more than just her school work.  She's taken on the role of full time pastor of a Hueytown church.

"My dream is to be a full time missionary and I know that comes with being a pastor first," Micaiah Thomas said.

She's gotten a head start on making her dream a reality.  The 20-year-old student has decided to not wait until graduation to start getting experience as a pastor.

"When I went to college I really felt called to the ministry and I decided I would get plugged in anywhere I could," Micaiah said.

Anywhere ended up being First Cumberland Presbyterian Church where Micaiah serves as the full time pastor.  

"I don't have theology training. I haven't been to seminary yet but I do want to go to seminary. Right now it's kind of figuring it out as I go," she said.

The Spanish major does a lot of going.  She commutes from Tuscaloosa to Hueytown on Sundays and Wednesdays and has to juggle her school work with her pastoral duties.

"She's academically driven.  If anything I've asked her to make B's not A's because A's with the kind of workload she carries is very demanding," Micaiah's dad, Lynn, said.

The congregation of Cumberland Presybterian is small about15-20 people show up each week.  The average age of members is between 50 and 60 years old.  But Micaiah says it's the perfect place for her to grow and members say her youth brings something out in them.

"You know I've gotten to the point where I feel like I couldn't do things but after hearing Micaiah.  She's inspired me that maybe I can find me a new talent," Jeneatte Ray said.

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