An annual tradition of West Virginia Wesleyan's Homecoming is to host a special chapel service on the last day of the celebratory weekend. This year, the Rev. Judith Simpson Fisher will be the featured guest speaker.
Fisher majored in Education while at Wesleyan and graduated in 1972. She then taught senior English at Buckhannon-Upshur High School and, in 1987, she graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
For the last 25 years, Fisher has served as a pastor of churches within the West Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is currently the pastor of First United Methodist Church of Barboursville. She also is a member of the Conference Board of Trustees and the Sexual Ethics Team, and serves as the Western District chair of the Committee on Ordained Ministry.
"I am pleased to welcome Judy as guest preacher for our Sunday Chapel Service on Homecoming weekend," Wesleyan's Dean of the Chapel, the Rev. Angela Gay Kinkead said. "Many alumni from the early 1970s will remember Judy as a student who was active on campus and in the Buckhannon community. Today, she is a leader in the church in West Virginia and an excellent pastor and preacher."
Fisher also has two children who both graduated from Wesleyan, Teresa in 2000 and Jeremy in 2001.
The Homecoming Chapel Service is open to the public and takes place at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in Wesley Chapel.