WHO WE ARE
Madison Hankal was born March 3, 1963 in Honolulu, Hawaii, and raised along the Space Coast (Brevard County) in Florida. He earned a B.A. degree in Religion and Philosophy from the United Methodist-related school, Florida Southern College. In 1994, he graduated from Duke Divinity School with a Master of Divinity degree. Madison was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1996.
Madison has been working in ministry since he was 20 years old when he served as the Summer Youth Worker for his home church, St. Mark's UMC in Indialantic, FL. He served two years as the Summer Youth Worker at St. Mark's before serving as the Youth Director for Christ UMC in Lakeland FL. during his Senior year in college and the following summer. After graduating from Florida Southern College, Madison attended one year of seminary at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta. He returned to Florida where he worked for two and a half years as a marketing representative for a psychiatric/addictions hospital in Ocala, Florida. Madison then worked for two and a half years as the Director of Christian Education at First UMC, Madison, Florida , before moving to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School.
While attending seminary, Madison served as student pastor for Gillburg UMC near Henderson, NC. After graduation, he served a two-church charge in Roxboro. He served five years as the associate pastor at Saint Paul UMC in Goldsboro. Madison also served as associate pastor at First UMC in Rocky Mount. He has served as pastor at the Edgecombe Parish (Edgecombe County), Trinity (New Bern), Divine Street (Dunn), and Louisburg UMC (Louisburg).
Madison is a Certified Mentor for those exploring a call to ordanined ministry. Over the course of nearly 17 years, he has had the pleasure of seeing 12 persons he has mentored complete their candidacy process by either being ordained as an Elder or receiving their licenses as Local Pastors. Among the several ways he has served the North Carolina Annual Conference, Madison is most honored to serve in the role of mentor for those exploring their call into ordained ministry.
While Madison says he doesn't have one specific hobby, he continues to enjoy exploring different experiences and activities. "Learning new things and having new adventures with friends, I guess, would be my hobby." He does, however, have some favorite activities and interests: music, attending baseball and basketball games, movies, the beach, art, travel. He has re-discovered a childhood interest in landscaping and architecture (mid-century modern).
Madison's approach to Christian discipleship is that of a life-time journey. "God has hardwired us to respond to the Holy Spirit in a wide-range of experiences which encompass the whole of our lives. And yet, there is a commonality among such diverse experiences. Worship with a community-Life-long learning and growth in our faith with/among fellow believers-Service/Witnessing with our brothers and sisters in Christ to those in our community and beyond-these are the primary ways we align our lives with the purposes of God."