Regina Harrison grew up in South Carolina and moved to Iowa in 2010.

WOODBINE — For more than 30 years of her life, Regina Harrison worked as a medical laboratory technician and enjoyed helping many people.

But her life path took a turn in 2010. She began a new journey toward a calling where she would care for and serve others in a much different way, through pastoral ministry.

In early January, she started as pastor of the Woodbine First United Methodist Church. Harrison led Sunday service for the first time January 12.

"I am very much looking forward to starting my ministry here with this church," she said.

Harrison grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Pendleton High School in Pendleton, S.C. in 1981.

The call to go into full-time ministry was not her first one. In her "first life," she was in the medical field.

After earning her associate's degree in medical laboratory science at Tri-County Technical College, Harrison started her career in 1984. For her, this was a "natural progression" starting back when she was a young girl.

Read the rest of Regina's story about her journey into pastoral ministry in the January 15 issue of The Twiner-Herald