Anniston First United Methodist Church
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Offering the Life-Changing Grace of Christ
Peter Hawker
Amy DeWitte




Pete Hawker, Pastor

Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Pete and my family came to America from England.  I retired from the United States Military and graduated from Chandler School of Theology, at Emory University.  I am an elder in the United Methodist Church.

I have served at Spring Garden – Union Grove, Trinity in Huntsville, Hargrove Memorial in Tuscaloosa, and at North Wood in Florence.

Background information is so important to get to know each other, but the one piece of information I would hope you remember is Jesus loved me before I could even understand or love myself.  I have found in Jesus Christ a Savior who loves me, who sustains me, and who is my all in all.  I highly recommend Jesus.


Amy DeWitte, Pastor
Amy DeWitte was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. Her father was a contractor and her mother is a long-time public school teacher.  Amy and her family began attending Warwick Memorial United Methodist Church and were baptized together when she was eight years old.  It was with that congregation of faith that she fell in love with Jesus, church leadership, and missions, all at the same time.  She sang in the church choir, met life-long friends in United Methodist Youth Fellowship, traveled to new places on mission trips, and began to hear a call to ordained ministry.  She even participated in a UMW circle designed for young women when she was in high school. 

Amy graduated from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia with a degree in sociology and minors in religion and anthropology.  She earned her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School, where she met her husband, Joe DeWitte.  During her time in school, Amy served as a part-time local pastor in rural North Carolina.

After graduation from seminary, Amy and Joe followed a call to the North Alabama Conference.  Amy was ordained as an elder in full connection in 2011 and has served Highlands United Methodist Church in Huntsville for the past three years.  She and Joe live with their dogs, Abigail and Annabelle.  Together, they love to play with the dogs, ponder the future of the church, and ride their motorcycles.  Amy loves to use her creative energy quilting, crafting, and learning how to re-purpose old things.