Each year, every local pastor is asked to nominate persons from his/her local church who represent outstanding servant qualities and exemplify the character of Christ beyond the walls of the church. This year, instead of selecting a single award-winner, the district was pleased to recognize one couple and two individuals as recipients of this prestigious recognition. Wall plaques for “Laypersons of the Year” were awarded to the following: Gil & Sharon Harris (Cornerstone Church), Hazel Radar (Jackson Church), and Henry Dillon (Gallipolis Church).
EIGHT SERVANTS WERE ELECTED TO ELDER’S ORDERS AT OUR RECENT DISTRICT ASSEMBLY HELD AT THE GROVE CITY CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE.
The class of 2017 included the following new ministers: Lonnie J. Aleshire Sr., James A. Humphrey, Christa Long-Jamison, J. Mikeal Lanning, Heather L. Malott, Cynthia L. McCorkle, Janet J. Walker, and Matthew A. Walls.
Ordination Picture: From Left to Right/Bottom to Top: (* indicates ordinand)
Row 1 (front): Rev. Lonny* & Donna Aleshire, Rev. Heather* Malott, Mrs. Heather Walls
Row 2: Rev. Christa* Long-Jamison, Rev. Cynthia* McCorkle, Rev. Bryan Mallot, Rev. Matthew* Walls
Row 3: Rev. James* Humphrey, Rev. Robert McCorkle, Rev. Janet* Walker
Row 4 (back): Dr. David Graves, General Superintendent, Rev. Mikeal* & Rose Lanning, Rev. Trevor Johnston, District Superintendent
At our recent District Assembly, Rev. Jeff Gray read the names and service records of five retiring elders and one retiring deacon: [Elders] George J. Leatherwood served 36 years, Edson E. Myers served 24 years, Bobby L. Taylor served 33 years, Josh T. Lively served 24 years, T. Rod Reynolds served 23 years, and [Deacon] Ruth Ann Fellure served 14 years. Those in attendance were presented with plaques by General Superintendent Dr. David Graves on behalf of the entire Board of General Superintendents. We congratulate these outstanding servants for their faithfulness to God, the Church, and our District across the years. The combined service record of this group spans 154 years of kingdom ministry.
Rev. Jeff Gray (District Secretary) read the names of those receiving a District Licenses for the first time, noting that this was the largest number of first time licensees in the history of South Central Ohio District: Those receiving the District Licenses were: [Elder Candidates] Jacob I. Barker, Clifford A. Blevins, Jr., Steven Brown, Jr., Stephannie A. Eppley, Christopher L. Fleece, Sawyer A. Harlow, Carlos A. Huertas, Sandra L. Cordoba-Huertas, Christina L. Kidd, Bradley W. Lautenschleger, Darel Williamson, Brittany R. Zahler [Deacon Candidates] Eric W. Parsons, James A. Ruark [Licensed Ministers] Clayton C. Christopher. Then our District Superintendent, Pastor Trevor Johnston, offered a brief challenge before praying for this group of new licensed servants.
Here is a recent note that was distributed to all the employees from Dr. Dana Vallangeon announcing some exciting news related to the ongoing mission of Lower Lights Christian Health Center (LLCHC). We join the entire Columbus Ohio community in expressing our appreciation for the ongoing services that this Nazarene ministry continues to offer to the metro area. Here is an excerpt from Dr. Dana’s notification:
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- OFP Magazine: Ohio FQHCs-Ahead of the Curve (Page 30)
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Pastor Trevor & Mary Johnston
Pastor Don & Jamie Ballard and family
Pastor Josue & Kendra Da La Cruz and family
Executive Director, Pam & Mike Roberts
For more information, go to www.togetherwegrowgardens.org.
The district family gathered on Thursday night, September 1, 2016, to join in celebration of the homegoing of Jennifer “Sue” Pyles. This lifelong resident of Lawrence County was faithful in her efforts to serve her God by constantly attempting to bring others into contact with her Savior, Jesus Christ. Sue was a devout Nazarene for most of her sixty-eight years and served both the District and her local Plymouth Heights Church with tireless devotion and integrity. Sue used her many gifts and talents in a variety of ways to serve the Lord and His church. Sue served on just about every elected or appointed board and committee on the district as well as in her local church. Her passion for working with youth and children is evidenced by her career-long commitment to serve all the students serviced by the Dawson Bryant school system.
Sue had a fun-loving spirit that was simply infectious. Her love for laughter and her optimistic disposition qualified Sue to wear the title “ambassador of encouragement” on a daily basis. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends, neighbors, students, church and district. In these latter years of ministry, Sue was committed to serve the needs of the Prime Timers (Senior Citizens) across our district. The example of this outstanding servant will not easily be forgotten.
District Missionary President, Carol Lee Carpenter, recently sent a detailed report to the Nazarene Global Ministry Center highlighting two specific areas where the district family rallied together to meet tremendous needs through tremendous expressions of sacrifice and generosity. Please take a look at the story which was posted on the General Church’s website.
Over 100 NYI aged youth along with over 30 adult volunteer workers are gathering at our Logan Conference Center this week for an event typically referred to as “Youth Camp”. This year, our District SCONAZ NYI leaders will be challenging youth to recognize that every believer is called to MINISTRY. While recognizing the special categories of specific ministry callings to serve as missionaries or pastors, every participant will be challenged to embrace the Biblical mandate to plant seeds for growing churches to reach the growing population. On Wednesday night (June 29th), the worship service and message will be geared to promoting the deep responsibility of INFLUENCE that comes with following Jesus and being His disciple. The camp staff has asked for special prayer during this week and especially on Wednesday night. See this link for more details: 2016 NYI SCO Influence