With the departure of Rev. Steve (YoungDong) Kim, who was called to serve at a newly appointed church in New York, Zion’s Hill United Methodist Church has welcomed the Rev. Peggy Fabrizio to serve as its new pastor.

Fabrizio found out she had been appointed to be Zion’s Hill’s new leader by a New York Annual Conference bishop around April. She began her new role on Friday, July 1, and had her first Sunday service on July 3.

Before entering the ministry about 20 years ago, Fabrizio was an elementary school teacher in upstate New York.

“As most pastors will say, we just felt a call and answered the call,” said Fabrizio. “I resigned from my job and went to seminary to answer the call I felt in my life.”

Fabrizio comes to Zion’s Hill from Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she served as interim pastor for one year. She also served at a number of United Methodist churches in New York, as well as at the Fairfield Grace United Methodist Church in Fairfield.

After retiring from the ministry in 2010, Fabrizio said, she was asked to come back to service in 2014. Zion’s Hill is the third church she has served since coming out of retirement.

“I really, really enjoyed serving my previous two churches and I look forward to really enjoying Wilton’s as well,” she said.

Fabrizio said she is still getting to know the Wilton community and discovering the Zion’s Hill congregation’s “gifts” and “strengths,” but looks forward to “growing along with the congregation” and seeing the direction that would be right for it to go in.

As a half-time pastor at Zion’s Hill, Fabrizio said, she has “more days off than normal, full-time pastors” and looks forward to “finding hiking trails around the area” in her spare time.

Zion’s Hill is at 470 Danbury Road. To learn more about the church, visit zionshillmethodist.org.