Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the New England United Methodist Church Conference has appointed Rev. Michelle Wiley to serve as minister of the John Street United Methodist Church, 98 John St., as of July 1.

The church will host a reception for Rev. Wiley on Sunday, June 25, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service. The following Sunday, she will lead the worship service, which begins at 11 a.m.

Rev. Wiley grew up in Yarmouth and graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in music education with a concentration in instrumental pedagogy. She also was trained as a cantor, worship folk group leader, lector and Eucharistic minister. While teaching K-6 music in Dover-Foxcroft, she led the local community band and played in various ensembles. In addition, she was the music director for the Catholic Churches in Dover-Foxcroft and Sangerville.

From 1989 to 1996 she taught music in the Messalonskee School District of Oakland-Belgrade-Sidney, while continuing to share her musical talents in the local churches and communities.

Moving on, Wiley enrolled in a master of Divinity program at Bangor Theological Seminary. She was ordained in the United Church of Christ at the Union Church on Vinalhaven on Jan. 10, 1999. She continues to reside on the island.

Since 2012, she has served as the half-time pastor of the People's United Methodist church in South Thomaston. She will continue in the position while answering the call to serve the John Street United Methodist Church half-time also, to faithfully strive to do the work of Jesus the Christ, to serve the people of the Camden area and beyond. She is familiar with the community, having served as a long-term supply for the First Congregational Church in Camden in the 1990s.