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Office of the General Assembly bids fond farewell to Sharon Youngs, welcomes Emily Odom

September 12, 2012

The Rev. Sharon K. Youngs, assistant stated clerk and communications coordinator for the Office of the General Assembly since 2002, has accepted the call to serve as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Oak Ridge, Tenn., effective October 1. Her last day in her current position will be September 14.

Sharon Youngs

Youngs, who has served the church for over three decades – including a pastorate in W. Va. – has touched the lives of thousands of Presbyterians through her insightful writing and thoughtful leadership. She will be installed as the Tennessee congregation’s new pastor on Sunday, October 14. The Rev. Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly, will preach at her installation service.

“Sharon’s ministry among us has been powerful and sensitive,” Parsons said. “She has been an invaluable asset to our staff team and will be greatly missed.”

Following Youngs’s departure, the Rev. Emily Enders Odom will assume the communication coordinator’s primary responsibilities on a part-time, interim basis effective September 24.

A teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Odom serves the Presbyterian Mission Agency as associate for Mission Communications, resourcing the offices of the Executive Director and Vocation. As she assumes her new duties for the Office of the General Assembly, she will continue in her current role.

Emily Odom

Odom, who has over twenty years of experience as a parish pastor, hospital chaplain, and conference center administrator, also has ten years of professional experience in advertising, public relations and television production. She holds a B.A. degree in German and Spanish from Wellesley College and a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.

A resident of Greensboro, N.C., Odom will continue to carry out her responsibilities on a deployed basis.

“While we are saddened by Sharon’s departure, we will be truly blessed with an excellent pastor-communicator in Emily,” Parsons said.

  1. Emily, congrats on your new call!!

    by Allison Seed

    September 20, 2012

  2. Sharon will be a hard act to follow b ut Emily can and will be wonderful and such an asset! Thank God for 26 hour days!

    by K. Travis Adams

    September 13, 2012

  3. Congratulations, and God's blessings, Sharon. I hope your new congregation enjoys your preaching as much as I did at CREDO.

    by Denise Group

    September 13, 2012

  4. Congrats Emily!

    by Rev. Jason Clapper

    September 13, 2012

  5. I experienced Sharon's kindness and leadership a few years ago when she was one of the staff members for the CREDO program. She is a wonderful part of our church, and I know she'll be a fine pastor in Oak Ridge. I wish God's blessings for her and for Emily in their new ministries.

    by Jeff Paschal

    September 13, 2012

  6. What a wonderful gift Sharon has been to the church.

    by Mary Lou Stewart

    September 12, 2012

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