Carla Bond joined the First United Methodist Church in Natchitoches after having a long successful career as a teacher and vice principal. She grew up in Mansfield and graduated from Northwestern State University. She is married to Kevin Shannahan and has a grown daughter and two precious grandchildren.
“I found a wonderful church home when I joined FUMC Natchitoches,” she said. “I never imagined I would get involved with so many activities. When I met James Poole he said, ‘You need to be a Stephen Minister.’ Next thing I knew I was in St. Louis learning to be a Stephen Leader. I also met Linda Clark and she said, ‘I have a small group that I would like you to join.’ And now 16 years later I am still in a small group with Linda.”
Carla has learned to meet and greet new people and she loves doing that. She has become involved in Stephen Ministry, Intercessory Prayer Group, Crafters with Purpose, Eucharistic Ministry and Kids Hope USA. She also learned that she can cook for large groups.
“The rest of the staff in the office are an amazing group of people,” she said. “We learn from each other, lean on each other and are there for others to lean. I can think of no other place I would rather be.”