One of my earliest jobs in Tallahassee was an OPS position with the state in Maternal and Child health. My supervisor was a beloved congregant at Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church where I served as the part-time Christian educator and Singles’ Minister.
I shared the OPS position with a dear friend who went on to work for the State of Florida in maternal health for years. Our assignment was to help develop a program that became Healthy Start. I remember sketching a flower in various stages on a notepad as we were discussing a logo.
I recall gathering my young children and our beagle puppies for a Healthy Start commercial. I was excited to be part of a program that focused on prenatal health for all women to encourage the best outcomes for their infants. While it felt like a stretch from my seminary training, it felt like ministry all the same.