Paula Gregory heard her call to youth ministry when she was 18 years old, but was scared. In 1994, attending  First United Methodist Church in Groves, God let her know He still wanted her in ministry.

Currently serving as youth director in Bridge City, Gregory has been with St. Paul Methodist Church for six and a half years.

For her service to the community, she has been named Employee of the Month by the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce.

The daughter of Keith and Virginia Gregory of Fred, Paula graduated from Warren High School in 1982.

Before answering “the call,” she worked at various flower shops in the Golden Triangle area, including one in Silsbee, for seven years.

Gregory will be graduating from Lamar University with a Bachelor of General Studies, focused on psychology, sociology and family studies.

June 1, Paula will be moving to First United Methodist Church in Nederland where she will be serving as director of youth ministry and Christian education. Recently she become a candidate for ordained ministry, which she feels is a second calling from Christ.

Full of life, Gregory loves being the oldest teenager around. She feels blessed to be a part of the Bridge City community and would like to thank the St. Paul UMC family for being supportive and guiding her on her path.

Gregory is the mother of four daughters, triplets, Miranda, Corrine and Shelby Welker of Bridge City and Megan Burns of Lumberton. She also has one grandson, Tanner Burns.