Madeline Pillow named editor of Virginia United Methodist Advocate
May 7, 2015 - Madeline Pillow, 25, has been hired as editor of the Virginia United Methodist Advocate and News Associate working in the conference Communications office. She will begin her duties June 1.
“I am delighted that Madeline is joining our Communications team,” said Linda Rhodes, director of Communications. “I believe her writing and organizational skills will serve the conference well, and I am particularly excited to have another young adult joining our staff. I think she and Nick Ruxton, our new videographer, will offer a fresh, enthusiastic approach to our communications skills and can help us reach out in new ways to a younger generation of United Methodists.”
Pillow comes to the conference from work as marketing coordinator at Moss Building & Design in Chantilly, Va., where she coordinated social media and wrote monthly blogs, press releases and print and online articles in addition to developing and implementing marketing strategies for the company.
She graduates May 9 from American University in Washington, D.C., with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing.
She received a BA in English from Bridgewater College where she served as Editor-in-Chief of Veritas, the Bridgewater College newspaper, managing an editorial team, expanding the volunteer staff, implementing a brand campaign and helping develop new content for the re-brand.
"I love telling people's stories,” Pillow said. “Whether large or small, the stories that surround us are so worthy of telling. It is through sharing that we see how Christ is working in ours and others' lives. Thank you for the opportunity to share these stories through The Advocate.”
Pillow, who has been an active member of The United Methodist Church her entire life, is the granddaughter of the Rev. C. Douglas Pillow, Virginia Conference Elder who retired in 2013 after more than 55 years of active ministry. Her brother, Patrick Pillow, is a full-time local pastor serving the Bethany Charge in the Lynchburg District.
“I am United Methodist, frankly, because of my family,” Pillow said. “My grandfather instilled in our family doing good works and giving of ourselves to show others to Christ. Church was also a place where my family was together. Whether at church events, concerts or meetings, the family found a way to share our gifts with others. My father shared his finance knowledge and leadership, my mother shared her nurturing spirit through teaching and organization, my brother shared his personality, biblical knowledge and gift of public speaking, and I shared through my love of music.
“This is why I have remained a part of the church,” she added. “It is reminder of family, those that are my blood, and also those that become a part of my larger family in Christ. It is a reminder that through community we can show others to Christ and better work in his name.”
In her new job, Pillow will be responsible for production of the conference monthly magazine, The Virginia United Methodist Advocate, in both its printed and digital formats. She will also produce the weekly Sunday Advocate bulletin inserts for local churches, produce the annual Book of Reports, assume editorial responsibility and coordinate production of the annual Conference Journal and serve on the Annual Conference Minutes Committee. At Annual Conference she will produce The Daily Advocate, a daily print digest of news during Annual Conference sessions.
She will write news stories and take photos of mission, ministry, activities and events occurring in the Virginia Conference to be used in the Advocate magazine, on the conference website, in the e-Advocate weekly digital newsletter and on Social Media.