Pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church
The Rev. Barb Dinnen was appointed to Trinity United Methodist church on July 1, 2012. She was previously appointed to Las Americas Comunidad de Fe from 2002-2013. She also has served Marion Street United Methodist church in Boone, Immanuel United Methodist Church in Des Moines and was the director of Youth Ministries at Carmel United Methodist church in Carmel, Indiana.
Pastor Barb graduated from Drake University with degrees in Spanish, English and Secondary Education. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Saint Paul School of Theology and was ordained Elder in the Iowa Annual Conference in 2006. Additionally, she attended Universidad Biblica Latino Americana in San Jose, Costa Rica; language classes in Mexico, Ecuador and Spain. She has led numerous Mission/Work trips throughout the U.S and to Cuba, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Pastor Barb has been incredibly blessed to work with Latinos from many countries while at Las Americas. “What an opportunity to learn from the heritage and cultures of people from Mexico, Peru, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Cuba, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia and Chile!” she said. “Their personal stories, the stories of their arrival to the U.S. and their struggle to find a place to provide a better life for themselves and their children have changed the course and passions of my life. Thank you God and thanks to every one of the Latinos who have allowed me to know them.”
In 2007, Pastor Barb and Pastor Diane McClanahan (now at the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center) developed relationships with the English and Spanish speaking communities and encouraged them to begin a bi-lingual worship service. Eight years later, the congregations can’t imagine not worshiping together.
Currently, Pastor Barb and Pastor Alejandro lead bilingual worship at Trinity/Las Americas UMC and are constantly amazed at the richness of worshiping in a multi-cultural, bilingual community. “We are thrilled that the community embraces ‘differences’ and that its requirements are to be a place of radical hospitality, doers of justice, flexibility, creativity and celebrating God’s amazing love and grace! Who wouldn’t be thrilled to serve a community like that?!”