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A native of the North Carolina, Nina was raised in the northern mountains in the small community of Warrensville, just outside of West Jefferson, NC. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Appalachian State University. While there she acquired a double minor in counseling and religion. To complete her double minor she worked as an intern at Boone United Methodist Church as Assistant Youth Director. This experience led her to investigate church based employment. After college, she worked for a couple of years as a Director of Christian Education at a United Methodist Church in Kernersville, NC. During this time Nina began to explore the possibilities of receiving an advanced degree in counseling and chose to attend Duke Divinity School with the intent of becoming a Pastoral Counselor.
The opportunity to spend three years immersed in the study of the Christian faith provided experiences that challenged and developed Nina’s understanding of ministry and service. While at Duke, Nina decided to pursue ordained ministry. She was ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1993 and later in 1997 was ordained an Elder.
After divinity school, Nina received the opportunity to participate in a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency (CPE) through Wake Forest’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine functioning as a Resident Chaplain at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. While at Baptist Hospital she met her now-husband, Richard Wynn. Nina and Richard moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan for three years while Richard completed his medical residency and Nina worked as the Associate Pastor at First United Methodist Church of South Lyon, MI.
The Wynns returned to NC, moving to Charlotte, in 1995 when Richard began his practice in Family Medicine. Nina worked as the Director of ReachOut, and inner city mission of the United Methodist Church, until the birth of her daughter Katie in 1997. Taking time off from full-time ministry, Nina and Richard expanded their family with the addition of John in 1999. Nina then worked, and is still working as a full-time mother, while accepting temporary pastoral assignments. In 2005 she was asked to take an appointment as the pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church. Nina has served at St. John’s though the mission and ministry of the Church has evolved. She is excited and hopeful that her participation in this authentic ministry will continue for years to come.
Favorite scripture and why:
Matthew 7:1-5 “Don’t judge, so that you won’t be judged. You’ll receive the same judgment you give. Whatever you deal out will be dealt out to you. Why do you see the splinter that’s in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but don’t notice the log in your own eye? How can you say to your brother or sister, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ when there’s a log in your eye? You deceive yourself! First take the log out of your eye, and then you’ll see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s or sister’s eye.”
My daily discipline is to avoid judging others with an eye of condemnation and follow God’s judgment of forgiveness and grace as revealed through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ.