Growing up, Shirley Musick had two voices to contend with.
One was calling her to Christian ministry. The other — her parents’ — was suggesting perhaps a more practical path.
For a long time, the latter voice won out.
She got married, raised a family and worked several jobs, including 13 years in the Excela Health billing office.
Then, in 2013, she had a conversation with her pastor that dramatically changed her path.
Her pastor, the Rev. Cindy Parker, noticed a certain look in Musick’s eyes every time she preached at Christ United Church of Christ, Latrobe. Parker asked her the reason for the look.
Now, years later, Musick is scheduled to be installed as Trinity UCC pastor Nov. 4.
Musick points to the 2001 hiring of Parker as Christ Church’s first female pastor as a turning point in her own spiritual journey.