Posted on Sun, Dec 6, 2020
Deacon Nancy Preston was ordained today in the United Methodist Church as a deacon. According to the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, deacons are leaders who are called by God, authorized b the church and ordained by a bishop to a lifetime ministry of word, service, compassion and justice. Deacons exemplify Christian discipleship, nurture others in their relationship to God and lead church people to respond to the needs of the needy, neglected and marginalize of the world.
In the congregation, deacons teach, preach, officiate at funerals and weddings, offer pastoral care, assist the elder in administering Baptism and Holy Communion, lead discipleship development ministries and help lay people identify and claim their own ministries. Deacons lead the congregation in its servant ministry and equip and support all baptized Christians in their ministry. Through the Order of Deacons, The United Methodist Church affirms this historic, central and distinct ministry.
Outside the walls of the church, deacons share the good news in word and in their advocacy for the poor, neglected, oppressed and discouraged; provide ministries of mercy; and invite Christians into these ministries.
The congregation of the Greenup First United Methodist Church is extremely proud of Deacon Nancy Preston. Nancy was raised in the Greenup Church and has decided to pursue her ministry in the same church. Nancy holds two masters degrees and a doctorate degree. Her specialty is counseling and looks forward to pursuing her ministry in the community.
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