The Eastern PA Conference graduated a new class–its fifth–of Certified Lay Ministers (CLM) June 7 in a service of recognition at Royersford UMC. . Seated (from left) are: Robin Roman; Cressa Morris; and Charles Wilson. Standing (from left) are: program coordinator Judy Ehninger; David Kling; William Klinger; Scott Johnson; Brenda Del Rosario; and Robert Wagner. Andrew Rozek was away witnessing the commissioning of his son, Eric Rozek, USN, as Commanding Officer of the USS Mississippi nuclear submarine at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
This fifth class to complete the CLM process brings the total number trained so far to 40. The nine 2015 graduates are:
Bishop Peggy Johnson inspired the gathering with a message titled “Simplicity,” taken from II Kings 5:1-14. She encouraged all to be faithful in completing ordinary tasks with extraordinary devotion, in service to the Lord. Conference Lay Leader David Koch joined her in presenting certificates, along with James Duckett, CLM Class of 2010.
The Revs. Misty Fuller, Janet Hess, Walter Carter and Andrew Foster III served as clergy course instructors. They provided dedicated guidance to help these new lay ministers expand ministry in the Wesleyan tradition in partnership with other clergy and lay disciples of Jesus Christ. Certified lay ministers may be assigned by the Bishop to a church under an Elder’s supervision.
The next CLM class begins with Module 1 on April 24-25, 2016, and completion is scheduled for November 2016. Required orientation sessions for the 2016 class begin in August. Candidates must be active, recognized Christ Servant Ministers for at least one year to begin the program
By Judith Ehninger
John Coleman photo