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 â€śall the timeâ€ť about becoming a preacher. However, Clinton asked him not to write about it, worried that â€śit will make me seem much too pious,â€ť he recalled her saying.
While Clinton struggled to convince voters of her moral uprightness on the campaign trail â€“ which saw her get bogged down in a variety of scandals that called her scrupulousness into question â€“ Shillady seems to think that she has what it takes to become a spiritual leader.
â€śGiven her depth of knowledge of the Bible and her experience of caring for people and loving people, sheâ€™d make a great pastor,â€ť Shillady said, noting that she would likely settle for a lay position like a deaconess.
â€śI think it would be more ofâ€¦ her guest preaching at some point,â€ť he continued. â€śWe have a long history of lay preachers in the United Methodist Church.â€ť
Shillady promises a closer look at Clintonâ€™s faithful ambitions in his upcoming book of devotions, â€śStrong for a Moment Like This: The Daily Devotions of Hillary Rodham Clinton,â€ť which features a message penned by the former first lady herself.
â€śClinton 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,â€ť he said.