Rev. Carly M. Hodge was appointed as pastor of St. Helens First United Methodist Church on July 1, 2021. Carly is a full-time hospice chaplain, serving patients and families throughout Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington counties. She is a Licensed Local Pastor in the United Methodist Church and is in the candidacy process working toward ordination as an United Methodist Elder. Carly is a graduate of Saint Paul School of Theology in Leawood, KS where she earned her MDiv in 2011. She completed a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, NM in 2012. Carly has been in full-time ministry as a chaplain in senior living communities, hospitals, and hospices for the past twelve years. Prior to ministry in chaplaincy, Carly was a youth minister for five years. She is a lifelong United Methodist and grew up in the California-Pacific Annual Conference. She first moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend Cascade College (the Portland, OR campus of Oklahoma Christian University) in 2001, and she graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in English and a minor in Youth Ministry. Carly has participated in many national and international missions, including service through the General Board of Global Ministries as a Global Justice Volunteer at Projeto Meninos e Meninas de Rua in São Bernardo do Campo, SP, Brazil which included work with the Interfaith Center for the United Nations in New York City. She has been an active participant in United Methodist Women since age sixteen and she most recently served in leadership as UMW Spiritual Formation Coordinator for the Cascadia District. Carly is passionate about promoting inclusiveness and social justice through advocacy for the world’s largest minority- persons living with disabilities, which by extension includes those who are living with disease processes related to aging.
Carly lives in Beaverton, OR and in her spare time she enjoys painting, reading and writing poetry, kayaking, and gardening. She cherishes spending time with her family and friends.