Pastor Missy Brown is in her second year of ministry at First United Methodist Church of Aurelia after serving in Colesburg, Iowa, before her arrival here.
Aurelia has a strong history and is very loyal to its town. It is community- oriented and people look out for one another," Brown said. "They treat me very well here."
Pastor Brown is approaching her ninth year of ministry and has served as both an associate pastor and head pastor of four churches in Iowa, including Aurelia. She is one of five United Methodist pastors on her mother's side of the family and is the first woman in her family to be ordained.
"It's an honor," she said, "I'm very proud of my heritage."
As president of the Association, Brown is in charge of organizing monthly meetings and finding out what the wants and needs of the community are. The association was established to help the communities of Cherokee County in a number of ways, such as providing nursing home and assisted living worship services, helping those in need throughout the communities and responding to crisis situations where pastors can be utilized.
This past December the CCMA helped to raise money for the victims of the Timber Ridge Apartment fire. Through their association funds and special collections taken at each of the pastor's churches, they were able to provide each family with approximately $1,700 to help replace necessities needed for their new living arrangements.
The money that the association has to help others in need comes from the generosity of the individual people and local congregations. The majority of the funds from CCMA are used to help local families during rough times, but it is also used to help travelers who are passing through the country and need assistance.
"We (CCMA) support each other's ministries," Brown said. "We are very grateful for those who even give pennies to help others in need."
In the future Brown would like to see the association revise their mission statement, sponsor one ecumenical event a year and have a county wide day of service where all the churches can band together to "walk the walk and talk the talk."
For more information about the Cherokee Country Ministerial Association or how you can donate to the cause, please contact Pastor Missy Brown at 712-434-5994.