Revs. Courtney and Michael Stamey currently live in Greensboro, North Carolina. Michael serves as Minister to Students and Media at FBC High Point.
“Surely would like to live in an area with a minor league baseball team nearby,” Courtney revealed in one of our conversations. She is an avid sports fan we soon found out, a treasure-trove of statistics and observations on various teams. After graduating high school in DeLand, Florida, Courtney attended Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, North Carolina, on a golf scholarship. While a source of great enjoyment, sports would take a back-seat to Courtney’s urgent and primary calling to ministry at age 14. Unclear about how this “calling” would take shape in her life, Courtney struggled with the possibility of congregational ministry while involved in churches that would not ordain women. She attended Wake Forest Divinity School, thinking that she would enter a PhD. program in order to teach. However, the call to serve a congregation as pastor continued to manifest itself as she grew through a variety of service-oriented jobs and experiences. In November, 2014, Courtney was ordained to the Gospel Ministry, by FBC, High Point, North Carolina and continued to “flesh out” her place of service by entering a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Chaplaincy Residency program in Greensboro. Courtney writes of this experience: “I felt needed but, I desired longer-term relationships, to journey through the peaks and valleys, and to boldly live out the call of Jesus in our worship and lives. I wanted to serve a congregation.” To build more church experience, she joined the staff of FBC, Greensboro as a Pastoral Resident, a two-year program designed to expose first-time ministers to the realities of pastoral ministry. According to her supervisor and senior pastor at FBC, Alan Sherouse, “Courtney is at core a pastor. She is called to this work…She has rare pastoral gifts, which I find to be her greatest asset.” Courtney shares that “I have found profound joy and calling in congregational ministry. There is something about serving a congregation that is unlike anything else one can experience. I am filled with excitement at the possibility of what we can do together in Clinton.”
And so are we, Courtney, so are we. Welcome.