March 16, 2021
The Wesleyan Covenant Association is excited to announce that Ms. Krystl Gauld, Executive Director at Dignity Housing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will make a presentation at its Fifth Global Gathering – Go Global! – at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama on Saturday, May 1, 2021.
“Krystl is the kind of dynamic young adult that gives you an abundance of hope for the future of our movement,” said the Rev. Keith Boyette, President of the WCA. “Her passion for God’s people, for the Church, and for Jesus is irresistible! It’s a privilege to have her join us on May 1, but even more importantly, to have her lead us well into the future.”
An advocate, student, and young adult leader in the church, Gauld will deliver an address entitled, “Audacious: Sharing the Faith with Who?”
Gauld is a graduate of Rutgers University (New Brunswick, New Jersey) where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in African American Studies. She received a Master of Science in Counseling at Cairn University in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania, and is currently working on a Doctor of Theology degree at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, Pennsylvania.
A United Methodist since she was eight years old, Gauld was born in Florida, and raised in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The Eastern Pennsylvania Annual Conference has twice elected her to serve as a General Conference delegate. She represented her annual conference at the 2016 and 2019 General Conferences, and she will do so again at the special called General Conference on May 8, 2021, and in 2022 when the conference meets in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has also served on the UM Church’s General Board of Higher Education and Ministry.
Gauld has made presentations at several events, including the Heartbeat International Conference, the WCA’s Northeastern Regional Meeting, and most recently at Hempfield UM Church’s (Lancaster, Pennsylvania) Preaching Series where she delivered a sermon entitled, “The Global Church: Overcoming Racism for the Kingdom of God.”
“The Eastern Pennsylvania WCA Regional Chapter is incredibly blessed to have Krystl as one of our leaders,” said the Rev. Joe DiPaolo, Senior Pastor at Lancaster First United Methodist Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “She’s very plugged into what has been happening in the UM Church over the past several years. And her keen intellect and warm spirit have helped keep theological conservatives fully informed and inspired as we chart our way to a new, healthy, vibrant, and global church!”
Married just last year, Gauld and her husband Damian live in Darby, Pennsylvania.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, the WCA has capped attendance for Go Global! at 1,000 at Frazer Church where two venues will allow for very generous social distancing. In addition to the host site there will be numerous simulcast sites across the United States where people can also participate in the WCA’s Fifth Global Gathering. Local pandemic protocols will be observed at the host site and all simulcast sites. The WCA is also offering an individual livestream option.
To learn more about the gathering visit Go Global! online. People can register to attend the host site at Frazer Church in Montgomery, Alabama, or one of a number of simulcast sites across the U.S.