Dawn Skerritt to serve as Yellowstone Conference Disaster Response Coordinator

Dawn Skerritt to serve as Yellowstone Conference Disaster Response Coordinator

Dawn Skerritt to serve as Yellowstone Conference Disaster Response Coordinator
10/9/2017

Disaster is in Pastor Dawn Maurer Skerritt's DNA. Dawn's maternal grandparents lost their house to flooding on Thane Creek in 1953, when they lived in Highwood, Montana. Her grandma Joan Elser, who was an organist at Dutton United Methodist Church, was pregnant with Dawn's mother, Cheryl, and was airlifted to Great Falls from Highwood for the delivery. Cheryl was born during the flood, and the family narrative has forever been influenced by helpers who helped during and after the flood.

Dawn's passion is to be one of the helpers. She lived out this work as Public Support Director for American Red Cross of Montana Chapter following Hurricane Katrina.

Through work with the local VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) and as a lifelong United Methodist, Dawn heard the echoes of respect and admiration that Red Crossers have for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and vice versa. She was thrilled to discover that there was a place to find her call as a pastor and chaplain to be utilized right here at home for UMCOR as the Yellowstone Conference Disaster Coordinator. Dawn is a provisional elder, currently serving at Columbia Falls United Methodist Church in Montana.


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