I’m Casey Ann Irwin, and before you read the bio, here’s what you really need to know. I’m passionate about following Christ. And I’m passionate about leading individuals, ministries, churches, and any other group I’m called to, towards God’s highest potential for their life. In theological terms, I truly believe God calls us to journey towards holiness empowered by the Holy Spirit.
That being said, I tend to say and do things that others won’t. I’ve been called naively optimistic, but in clergy leadership, that’s really what my job is about. I get to lead towards a vision that others may not see yet, to claim the kingdom of God both now and forever. And I’m the one who’s pretty excited and joyful to share it. Loudly. Joyfully. Sometimes while excitedly waving my arms. Sometimes while slowly bowing my head. As a former dance teacher, I’ve even had a group cha-cha down the aisle… (Seriously, watch this video. I’m only a little bit crazy)
I’m a pastor in the West Ohio Conference of the UMC, currently leading Cridersville United Methodist Church. I’ve been professional clergy since 2010, though I’ve been in servant ministry my whole life.
I’m also married to an amazing man, who is settling into a career as a professor and philologist and we have 2 adorable kiddos and 2 crazy (but very clean) cats. Though we hail from TN, I think after 8 years we’re getting used to the cold and the flatland here in OH. For fun, we enjoy time outdoors- hiking, rockclimbing, family walks- and a lot of movies together. Recently, 3 of us began karate, with the youngest hoping to join when she’s old enough. On my own, I run, crochet, watch standup comedy, or read incessantly.