By Dana Delgado
It’s another new beginning for Steve Fieldcamp who has had a life filled with new beginnings.
Two weeks ago, Liberty Hill United Methodist Church (LHUMC), one of the area’s pioneer churches, welcomed him as their new pastor after being presented to church members in April.
“New beginnings are always exciting,” he said. “I’m excited to be here.”
The new pastor describes himself as an encourager, a leader and a servant. The Rev. Fieldcamp officially arrived at LHUMC on June 29 from Junction where he was the pastor four years at Junction United Methodist Church. While in Junction, he also served as a director on the managing board of Bluebonnet CASA and was a member of the community’s Ministerial Alliance.
He replaces Rev. Randall Hilburn who departed on June 22 to lead St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Kerrville.
“I look forward to meeting the community’s leadership,” the personable Rev. Fieldcamp said. “I want to grow the church. I want folks to see beyond themselves and let go and let God.”
The new pastor at LHUMC also served as an associate pastor for eight years at the First United Methodist Church of Corpus Christi before leading the church in Junction. It was in Corpus Christi, that Rev. Fieldcamp first became extensively involved in church activities. He began as a youth sponsor in the 1970’s, which he spearheaded for six years, and served on a variety of church committees that he says gave him valuable insight into the organization of the church. In the 1980s, he was involved in a prison ministry that impacted him immensely.
“It was an eye-opening experience,” Rev. Fieldcamp said of his involvement in the prisons. “I heard a lot of anger towards fathers. It made me more sensitive and reaffirmed of where you are and helped me focus on helping others.”
A metal cross made from steel used on actual prison bars sits prominently on a shelf in his new Liberty Hill office.
“My spirituality changed,” he said. “It’s grown deeper. I’ve surrendered to God’s will.”
Another experience that strongly affected Rev. Fieldcamp was The Walk to Emmaus.
“The Walk to Emmaus demonstrated to me what God’s love in action looks like through the acts of love of others that took place during the walk,” he said. “It helped me energize and focus on loving and serving others.”
Yet another source of major influence and inspiration for the new LHUMC pastor was Harold Goodenough, a United Methodist pastor.
“Harold Goodenough is the most godly man I know,” Rev. Fieldcamp said. “He modeled for me what a minister should do and be. He was the person who really got me involved in church leadership as a layman, which ultimately led me into ministry.”
It was experiences and influences like these that helped guide Fieldcamp into the clergy. He was ordained in 2010.
He answered the call of a clergyman after a distinguished 36-year career in law, primarily in Corpus Christi. With a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin, the native of Santa Monica, California, who grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, by way of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and San Diego, California, was a prosecutor, personal injury and trial attorney, arbitrator and mediator, as well as a district judge during his career.
The new leader of Liberty Hill United Methodist Church is married to Pam whom he calls his “partner in ministry.”
“She is a wonderful support and source of encouragement,” said Rev. Fieldcamp. “She loves people and the Lord, understands what ministry is about, and is willing to get involved in it. I wouldn’t be able to be in ministry without her.”
The couple, who met on a blind date at the University of Texas at Austin, has three daughters Catherine, Elizabeth and Stefanie, and are delighted by the company of their two grandchildren, Rhett and Lilah. The Fieldcamps will be celebrating their 44th wedding anniversary on August 8.
Rev. Fieldcamp says he is an avid sports fan with a particular interest in college football. Having been a history major in college, he also enjoys studying history especially military history and relishes a good laugh and “having fun.”
The new pastor joins a church with a long history in Liberty Hill. According to a Texas Historical Marker, the Williamson County Historical Commission and the church’s own website, Liberty Hill United Methodist Church was originally founded in 1854 near the present Liberty Hill Cemetery in the settlement then known as Old Liberty Hill, on Bryson Hill.
A one-room log cabin was constructed to serve as a church as well as a public school. Its five charter members were John T. Bryson and wife, Amelia Bryson, their daughter, Hulda Bryson, Anthony Smith and his wife Amanda E. Smith.
In 1870, construction of a three-story building was begun at the present site on 101 Church Street on two acres of land donated by T.S. Snyder, a pioneer cattleman and a son-in-law of John T. Bryson. Built of native stone, the new building was used by the church, a public school, and housed the Masonic Lodge. The upper levels were removed in 1905 and choir space was added. Wings were added to the church in 1916 followed by a vestibule and memorial windows honoring the church’s founders in 1954.
The present Education/Fellowship Building, completed in 1993, has evolved from a tabernacle with a granite gravel floor and with posts supporting a skeleton roof covered with cedar boughs, erected in 1913.