MOOERS — Not every pastor could live just five steps from their church.
But for the Rev. Sally Chase White and her husband, the Rev. Rodger White (retired), the recent call to pastor the Mooers United Methodist Church has proved the perfect fit.
White, known as “Pastor Sally,” has been leading the congregation since July 1, after the Rev. Al Johnson moved to a full-time charge at Schuylerville and Quaker Springs United Methodist churches near Saratoga.
A Saranac native, White grew up Methodist.
“It was an expectation,” she said of her upbringing. “The Methodist church is not perfect, but I’d still rather be inside than outside.
“Learning about who Jesus was has been a great strengthener of my faith because it makes so much sense. It’s not just a bandwagon.”
For 28 years, she taught middle-school English. One year after retirement, in 1999, she started her second career, entering a three-year master’s of divinity program at the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, N.J.
During her time in seminary, she traveled to South Korea for what she called a life-changing trip.
“I loved being there,” White said. “I loved the hustle-bustle of the city streets in Seoul. It’s a long way from Hardscrabble Road in Saranac.
“I was only there for a month, but I’d like to go back.”
While in seminary, she served a church in Long Branch, N.J.; and in 2001, White found herself pastoring Keeseville and Harkness United Methodist churches. In 2006, she was appointed to Ballston Spa United Methodist Church; and in 2010, she retired — briefly.
“That’s my second retirement,” White laughed. “I’m not good at it, and so I’m not going to do it again.”
This past spring, the Rev. William Mudge, Adirondack District superintendent, called and asked White if she would serve the Mooers church.