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Rev. Pam DeFusco has been pastor of Washington United Church of Christ since 2005.

She graduated from Lexington Theological Seminary with a Masters in Divinity in 2004, after earning a Bachelor’s degree in sociology/religious studies from Northern Kentucky University in 2002.

Rev. DeFusco also holds an Associate Degree in nursing from Northern Kentucky University (1978). She practiced nursing in local hospitals, local community mental health systems, and visiting nurse agencies. She has experience in psychiatric nursing, alcohol and drug programs, homeless clinics and children’s psychiatric hospital settings.

Pastor Pam was raised in the Southern Baptist Church and came to the United Church of Christ in 1995, joining High Point United Church of Christ in Union, Ky. She attended Lay Ministry School while taking some classes at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, and was licensed pastor at High Point UCC. After graduating from seminary, she was called as pastor to that church and was ordained there in 2004.

In 2005, Pastor Pam began a part-time pastoral position at Washington United Church of Christ in Cincinnati, Ohio. She became full-time in October of that year and was called as full-time pastor in 2007.

Pastor Pam often states that one of her many blessing as pastor of this church is the opportunity to serve Christ in partnership with many other UCC churches and churches and individuals of other denominations.

Pam has been active in peace and social justice ministries in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, including Soulforce. She has served on the executive council of the Kentucky Council of Churches and is actively involved with Southern Ohio Northern Kentucky Association (SONKA) of the United Church of Christ, serving on the Post Ordination Team.

Pam and her husband, Robert, a Campbell County (Kentucky) Public Defender, have one adult son.


 

A Message from Rev. Pam DeFusco


Pam and girls

Thank you for viewing our website. Consider this an invitation to stop by the church and visit with us. I would love to show you around so you can see firsthand how your prayers and support serve Christ in this community.


I often say, “I can’t believe God has called me to ministry at Washington UCC,” and I mean that. The challenges are many, believe me, but the blessings far outweigh the challenges. I count it a blessings and a privilege to be called to serve Christ in partnership with those who also love this church, the Camp Washington Community, these people and these children.

 

Washington UCC is a hardworking family of faith, and those who support this family are loved extended family members. We work side by side to serve in answer to the call that led each and every volunteer here. Each volunteer comes with specific gifts to make this ministry successful. There are no words to adequately express the faithfulness of our volunteers and the gratitude of those they serve.

 

 This is a church that practices radical hospitality and inclusive love for all. On any given day you will find folks serving food, volunteering at the Camp Cupboard and Closet, attending community meetings, and tutoring children.

 

You will also find us worshipping, praising and sharing Christ’s love and Table with everyone.

 

 Among our greatest challenges and our deepest blessings are our children. I am overwhelmed by the realization that God entrusts these little ones to us, and I am humbled by their love and eagerness to learn. You, our partners, are making a significant difference in the lives of our children, in their future, in the future of our community and the future of the UCC. Your prayers and support enable us to provide Christian education, spiritual formation, and academic success. You also help us to help them meet their basic needs such as food and clothing.

 

 Your continued support makes available to all of those we serve in Christ’s name the happy and healthy lives God wants us all to have.

 

 


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