Becoming the 45th President of the United States did not work out so well, but it appears that Hillary Clinton has stumbled upon a new calling. According to her longtime pastor, the former secretary of state has always dreamed of becoming a Methodist preacher.
Bill Shillady, who has been a favorite pastor of the Clintons for years, claims that she confided her intention to become an ordained Methodist minister during a recent photo shoot for his new book, the Atlantic reported.
The strange encounter echoes a similar account offered by former Newsweek editor Kenneth Woodward, who revealed last fall that Clinton told him in 1994 that she thought “all the time” about becoming a preacher. However, Clinton asked him not to write about it, worried that “it will make me seem much too pious,” he recalled her saying.
While Clinton struggled to convince voters of her moral uprightness on the campaign trail – which saw her get bogged down in a variety of scandals that called her scrupulousness into question – Shillady seems to think that she has what it takes to become a spiritual leader.
“Given her depth of knowledge of the Bible and her experience of caring for people and loving people, she’d make a great pastor,” Shillady said, noting that she would likely settle for a lay position like a deaconess.
“I think it would be more of… her guest preaching at some point,” he continued. “We have a long history of lay preachers in the United Methodist Church.”
Shillady promises a closer look at Clinton’s faithful ambitions in his upcoming book of devotions, “Strong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,” which features a message penned by the former first lady herself.
“Clinton is writing the foreword, the first time post-election readers will have a chance to hear directly from her about her faith during this time,” he said.