Conference graduates 9 Certified Lay Ministers (Class of 2015)

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:

Central District

  • Brenda Del Rosario of Ardmore UMC
  • Cressa Morris of Mt. Zion UMC, Philadelphia
  • Scott Johnson of Royersford UMC
  • Robert Wagner of Calvary UMC, Mohnton

East District

  • Andrew Rozek of Christ UMC, Fairless Hills

Northeast District

  • William Klinger of St. Paul’s UMC, Drums
  • Robin Roman of Fritz Memorial UMC, Bethlehem
  • Charles Wilson of Faith UMC, Stroudsburg

Southwest District

  • David Kling of Community UMC, Lancaster

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

For more information contact Judy Ehninger, at 610-965-2290 or Also visit the Website.

By Judith Ehninger
John Coleman photo