Lay people can serve the church in many ways—as small group leaders, Alpha leaders, the altar guild, ushers, greeters, and volunteers in the children’s ministry, just to name a few. But God also raises up leaders who feel called to serve Him in fulltime ministry. On Saturday, September 14, The Anglican Mission recognized six of these people in a powerful ordination service at All Saints Dallas. During the service, the ordinands were presented, examined, prayed for and ordained as deacons in The Mission by Apostolic- Vicar Elect Bishop Philip Jones, who also preached.
“It was a significant day for them and for All Saints,” Bishop Jones says.
Two of the ordinands were All Saints’ members, Chris Myers and Gavin Pate, while the others (Homer Allison, Mission Chattanooga, Chattanooga, Tennessee; Dustin Freeman, St. Andrews Church, Little Rock, Arkansas; Daniel Medina, Anglican Church of the Word, Hollywood, Florida; Richard Turner, Wood River, Illinois) traveled from different parts of the country for ordination in Dallas. All had completed areas of study, internships and discernment to ready them for ordination. They will be eligible to pursue ordination into the priesthood in approximately six months.
The following day, Sunday, September 15, Bishop Jones also ordained All Saints’ Executive Pastor Ken Dean as a priest. Ken was ordained a deacon six months ago and in the following months completed his discernment process. Ken has helped All Saints with high levels of organization and administration, while journeying from his Bible church background into a deeper knowledge of church history, the early church fathers and the Orthodox branch of the church.
“From the beginning, God has richly blessed All Saints Dallas to be a missionary church plant drawing all kinds of people from a variety of backgrounds,” Bishop Jones says. “We are blessed to have Ken as a priest.”
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