Meet Rev. Todd Shultz

Rev. Shultz joined the staff of Epworth on July 1, 2018 when Rev. Catley retired, again.

     Linda and I have been members of The United Methodist Church for over 25 years.  We have been blessed to be raised in loving Christian families, and to raise our children in the church.  We have served the Lord across denominational boundaries, raised as Lutherans, raising our children in the Methodist faith, and then spending six years in a Presbyterian Church plant which grew from 20 couples to over 600 congregation members.  I have served in a pastoral role at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church in Stanton Delaware, and Bethesda United Methodist Church in Middletown, Delaware.

     My wife and I met in college at Drexel University where we received our Bachelor Degrees in Engineering.  We both have worked for DuPont for 34 years and both retired in 2015.  We have three children who know and serve God.  One son is the chef at Camp Pecometh, one son is the head grower at Black Bottom Farm which is an organic food cooperative serving Maryland, and our daughter has completed her doctorate degree in physical therapy at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and is serving at a rehabilitation center in Philadelphia.  All three believe they are answering God’s call for them through their careers.  Linda, our children, and I have been leaders in the Delmarva Chrystalis movement for many years.  It is our passion to bring youth to Christ.  We have three grandchildren, two and four year old boys, and a fourteen month old girl.  We are blessed that they all have God in their lives through the Methodist Church.

     I have felt the call to serve God many times in my life, as a youth group leader with my wife, as a Sunday school teacher, giving talks in both the Marriage Encounter and Walk to Emmaus weekends, as a church deacon, and most recently as I was called to pursue a position as a pastor.  God has been faithful in leading me to the mountaintop each week as God prepares, practices, and delivers the message through me.  It is during these times of service, that I feel the Holy Spirit most.  My strongest spiritual gift is prophesy which allows me to discern God’s messages in my daily life. 

     Words cannot describe the joy that Linda and I have in coming to Epworth.  You have been our beach church when we are on vacation.  Last summer we were sitting in the back pew at the 9:15 service, listening to the praise team warm up, watching the love shared between attendees, and feeling that special energy you all have as you abide in Christ and love for one another.  I remember looking over at her saying what would it be like to pastor a church like this, I can only imagine.  And now I won’t have to imagine any more.  God is good!

Blessings,

Todd and Linda