Pastor Costella 

 You make redemption and Jesus real. 

Having been incarcerated in a Correctional Center for Women since 2001, Costella participated in programs like Baptism class, Church Choir, Bible Study and received pastoral counsel. As a tutor in the WorkWise program, Costella worked diligently on her life and spirit. She become a member of the Worship Leadership Team where she served the “inside” church for many years. Costella shares her testimony of how she managed the fears accompanying release.

“God took care of it all. That is my testimony.  As I was getting released in June of 2016, I had three big fears. My first fear was actually walking out of the gate. But, God took care of it. An officer talked to me, calmed me, made it better. My second fear was probation. What would it involve? When I went, the lady gave me a form to fill out and I turned it back in. She told me orientation is on Wednesday – and that was it. God took care of it! For eight months I reported – and then I was put on Shadow Track. My third fear was driving. I was petrified. Things had changed so much since I had driven. The thought of taking the test shot my nerves. But, I studied online and passed both tests with 100%. I got a car in December (another God-gift) and I have been driving ever sense – just recently getting on the interstate! God took care of it! God has been with me all the way. The things I learned in prison from the  chaplain, the Minister - In Training Program and the volunteers, I have applied. Whatever my fears, God is with me. God took care of it. God has been so good to me.”

Invited to preach at John Wesley United Methodist Church on Mother’s Day 2017, her call was evident. This year the District Superintendent surprised Costella calling her in to speak with him. Smiling, he said, “It isn’t every day that someone is appointed the pastor of the church where they grew up.” And with that, her call and her job as pastor were sealed! After licensing class in May of 2019, Costella will become a licensed local pastor for the United Methodist Church! In the meantime, Pastor Costella is sharing her living testimony while serving as pastor to her beloved 

God did it all!!!