Our Pastors

William B. Meekins, Jr

Passionate about mission work and ministry to those in need, he has traveled extensively to learn, grow and share God’s love. He served eight years as pastor of the multi-ethnic Garden City UMC in Monroeville.

Pastor Meekins also served as a full-time chaplain for the Veterans’ Administration health care system for nearly 10 years, and earlier served at Calvary and Buena Vista UMCs on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

In Western PA, he is part of the Conference Connectional Network and previously chaired the Board of Ordained Ministry.  He has been a leader in the Commission on Religion and Race and worked with the Ethnic Local Church Concerns committee.

The son of a pastor, he has always been involved in the church. But growing up in urban areas around Pittsburgh, he rejected people’s suggestions that he too would become a pastor.

“I thought I would never do that,” he explained. “They work long hours and at times, when they stand for justice, they stand alone. It was dangerous. I saw that as a PK.”

It wasn’t until he was working on a paper about the role of the church in the U.S. political system and read Jerry Falwell’s book Listen, America that he sought God’s direction for his life and received a distinct call to ministry.

Michele A. Nagle

 Pastor Michele A. Nagle joined the McKeesport Area Shared Ministry, UMC, in October 2017.  She is a graduate of Messiah College, where she received her BA in Christian Ministries, and she has a Master of Divinity Degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. Pastor Michele received her call to ministry while pursuing an undergraduate degree in teaching.  She utilizes her love of teaching in her preaching style and has a passion for encouraging a love for the Word.  Her approach to ministry is pragmatic. She says, “It is important for the love of God in Jesus Christ to be relatable and relevant in today’s world.  Therefore, I like to incorporate stories, some of them humorous, as well as actual life experiences into my sermons and lessons.  Everyone can understand the Bible. My goal is to bring the scripture alive and make God tangible and real in the lives of people today.”
                Additionally, Pastor Michele enjoys helping persons discover ways they can serve the church and live in community.  She believes we are not called to live in isolation from God or each other. She believes scripture teaches God through Christ has a purpose and a calling for every person. Jeremiah 29.11 is one of her favorites, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
                Pastor Michele served as an elder in the Free Methodist Church for a total of eight years; seven years at the Aliquippa Free Methodist Church, and one year as a youth pastor in the Rochester Free Methodist Church in Beaver County.  She is now an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.  She lives in Pittsburgh, has been married since 1999 and has three children, one boy and two girls.