Natalee Dukes Hamby

Associate Pastor
natalee.dukes@hmumc.org
Natalee Dukes Hamby’s  focus is on serving our children and youth teams, supporting our mission work in the community and abroad, and engaging our congregation in meaningful relationships with Jesus Christ. Natalee has a BA in Religion with a minor in Environmental Health Science from the University of Georgia and a MDiv from Candler School of Theology at Emory University, with a concentration in Justice, Peacebuilding, and Conflict Transformation. She is happily married to Montana Hamby.

 

 Q&A with our Associate Pastor

Tell us a little bit about your call to ministry?
I joined the United Methodist Church when I was in middle school and have always felt at home in the UMC. After attending over a dozen domestic mission trips, I felt called to serve in Uganda as an intern through the North Georgia UMC Bridge at HUMBLE School. In Uganda, I accepted my call to ordained ministry and felt a new passion for loving people develop within me. After that time, I spent a few years as a youth director and then in children’s ministry as I worked my way through seminary. Developing discipleship programs, empowering missional mindsets, and raising up our next generation of leaders has been my focus for the past five years.
What do you believe God has called you to do here at HMUMC? 
I am an Associate Pastor who’s focus is serving our children and youth teams, supporting our mission work in the community and abroad, and engaging our congregation in meaningful relationships with Jesus Christ. I believe God has called me to help our congregants grow in love for each other and love for the world. The Lord calls each of us to use our unique gifts and passions to bring glory to Him; I believe I am called to help our people do that in every way possible. I believe that we are indeed light shining into darkness (Matt 5:16), and I feel called to help our ministries and our people shine as brightly as possible.
What is your vision for your position? 
My vision is to empower as many people as possible to live on fire for Christ in the community and in the world. Wherever your life and your passions call you, are you taking the love of Christ with you? I believe we have so much hope to offer our broken world, and my prayer is that being a Christian influences how we live and how we love.  My hope is to maintain and create a community that supports one another on our journeys, a community that is present and prayerful. We are created for community, and I am excited to be a part of the Hamilton Mill UMC community!
Where would you like to see your ministry in 5 years
In five years, I would love to see our congregants engaging their faith in such a way that we are making huge impacts in our surrounding communities. My hope is that in 5 years more people have come to know and love Christ, more people feel empowered to share their faith, and more people understand what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
Where are you praying for people to help?
My biggest prayer is for people to commit to being fully present in whatever space God has called them to be in. Whether it is working with our kids, serving at The Pantry, leading a life group, or supporting Sunday morning worship, my prayer is for people to be there with their whole hearts. In Jeremiah, God says that we will find Him when we seek Him with our whole hearts (Jeremiah 29:13)—may that be the position of our hearts!