AC2016: Saturday, June 11
Recap of Saturday, June 11
The Service for the Ordination of Deacons and Elders with Commissioning
The Conference gathered for the service for the Ordination of Deacons and Elders with Commissioning. Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett, episcopal leader for the North Alabama area, was the preacher for this service. Bishop Wallace-Padgett gave us four words to remember: Journey to the One.
“Journey to the One who is our savior and redeemer,” she said. “And as you journey frequently to Jesus, you will have many reasons to testify, and you will feel compelled to go to the next one (person) for Him and to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to multiply as Christ followers in this world. Journey to the One. Now, and today, and the next day, and the next.”
Bishop James R. King, Jr. presided over the ordinal rites and was assisted by Bishop Wallace-Padgett and Mrs. Gloria Morgan, Conference Lay Leader, representing the laity, and Rev. Jimmy Towson, Chair of the Board of Ordained Ministry, observed the ordinal rites.
The following individuals were commissioned as Probationary Clergy Members.
Probationary Members Commissioned for Ordination as Elders
Gregory Elliott Harrison
Kirk Carruth Hagan
Joshua Otto Gale
Nathan Christopher Lehman
Jeremy Scott Alexander
The following individuals were ordained as Full Conference Members:
Full Conference Member/Elders
Paula Gwendolyn Lewis
Chance Sorrell Ward
Full Conference Member/Deacon
Anna M. Miller
The Board of Ordained Ministry processed with the ordinands as a sign of the covenant community into which these newly ordained persons are entering. Rev. Jonathan Smith and Rev. Meg Procopio represented the Orders of Elders and Deacon.
In the Business Session Saturday morning, the conference:
- recognized four and five star pastors: Five Star Pastors // Four Star Pastor.
- celebrated with individuals and churches who have received awards from various agencies and ministries throughout the conference.
- recognized Harvest Church in Byron as the church with the largest net gain in membership; Gateway Community in Pooler with the largest number of professions of faith and the best ratio of professions of faith in the conference.
- recognized Isle of Hope UMC for the church with the highest total amount given to missions and Alston UMC for the church with the highest per capita given to missions.
- heard a report from Mr. Bill Hatcher, chair of the Episcopacy Committee, about the episcopal transition.
- showed appreciation for the hard work and gracious hospitality of the South Central District & the Tifton Local Arrangements Committee as well as the Conference Worship Committee, Conference Secretary and all of those who work to put on Annual Conference. A special thanks was given to Dr. Jane Kimbrel for the outstanding work she has done as Worship Chair for the last eight years.
- accepted an invitation to hold the 2017 Annual Conference session on Jekyll Island June 4-7.
Service of Sending Forth
Annual Conference 2016 ended with a Service of Sending Forth as Bishop King encouraged each person to grow a Christlike world.
“You can’t grow a Christlike world by being a settler. We are not settlers,” he said. “We must do all that we can for as long as we can to grow a Christlike world.”
“Practice these (Ten Timeless) Values with intentional regularity as often as possible. Testify and multiply. That’s how a Christlike world grows.”
Following his message, the names of those receiving a new appointment were read.
The 2017 Annual Conference Session will be held on Jekyll Island, GA June 4-7.