Ordination and Commissioning Service

The North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church concluded on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at the Raleigh Convention Center at 9:30 AM with a service of Commissioning and Ordination.
A little Conference business was conducted before the beginning of the service. Two closings of churches this year announced by the Reverend Bill Gattis, Dean of the Appointive Cabinet. Those churches are Pleasant Grove in Wilmington and Hollister in the Rocky Mount District. Several churches were recognized for realignment into charges and in others, the launching of second campuses. He also announced the merging of Reconciliation UMC and Asbury Temple UMC to become the New Creation UMC.
The ordination Sermon was preached by Dr. Timothy Tennent, President of Asbury Theological Seminary. Dr. Tennent served 11 years as Professor of World Missions and Indian Studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. Prior to his work in Massachusetts, Dr. Tennent taught missions at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia, where he was honored as teacher of the year in 1995. He also teaches annually at the Luther W. New Jr. Theological College of Dehra Dun, India, where he has served as an adjunct professor since 1989. He has also ministered and taught in China, Thailand, Nigeria and Eastern Europe. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, he has pastored churches in Georgia, and preached regularly in churches throughout New England and across the country.
Dr. Tennet preached a stirring message reminding all that we are serving in a post-‘everything ‘world: post-modern, post-Western, post-enlightenment and post-Christendom. “We are beyond everything we know and can imagine,” Tennet said. Instead of issuing a verdict of gloom and doom, Dr. Tennet challenged those gathered to see this as opportunity, that these are great times to recall the church to its heritage, to the meta-narrative of our God who re-creates, re-news and sends us into the world in mission. “It is time,” Tennet reminded, “for us to call people to remember the mighty acts of God….and to faithfully teach the word of God in the rubble.” (recalling the work of Ezra and Nehemiah). We are called, he said, not to be sanctuary lights but to be street lights, shining the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world.
Music for the service was provided by the Durham District Choir, the Reverend Nan de Andrade, Director and the Reverend Kathie Wilkinson, Accompanist. Worship was enhanced by the Liturgical Dancers from the Edenton Street United Methodist in Raleigh. The Organist for the service was Mr. John Dumbleton of Edenton Street UMC. The liturgists for the service were Bishop Gwinn, the Reverend Amanda Fleishman Wilson, the Reverend Mattheue Locklear, Mrs. Gloria McAuley and Ms. Sydney Evans

Recognition and reception into Associate Membership – Walter Ray Teague II
Commissioning as Provisional Member- Deacon Track – Jaye Nesbitt White,
Commissioning as Provisional member – Elder Track
Anna Elizabeth Adams
John David Amon
Rochele Aliane Bailey
Vito Bisogno
Michele Karen Clark
Lori Ann Cox
James Scott Finicum
Scott Morgan Foster
Shay Joseph Hall
Tara Culp Lain
Elizabeth Waggener Polk
Leah Farriba Skaggs
Toni Lee Wood
Ordination as Elders in Full Connection
Joseph David Beam IV
Gerald Stephen Castle
Timothy Davis Catlett
Dalma Garrell Cribb
Christi DeSha Dye
Elizabeth Ann Gaines
David Lewis King
Laura Fine Ledford
John Michael McAllister
Donald Thomas Miller
Courtney Michel Randall
Carolyn Beers Roy
Harriet Tucker Taylor
Vermel Harrison Taylor
Nancy McGee Willard
Nathan Andrew Wittman
Jaylynn Warren Byassee (ordained as a courtesy to the Western North Carolina Conference)

The service was closed with the Bishop and District Superintendents fixing the appointments for 2011-2012 and the congregational singing of “Lead On, O King Eternal”.

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I am the pastor of Bath UMC in Bath, NC, a connecting, committed and creative body of Jesus Christ. I am a provisional elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. I am a Christian who firmly believes in the real time presence of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit active in all our lives.

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  1. What an inspirational ordination service! One suggestion for next year: remove the microphone number signs so that the many family members can have an unobstructed view.

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