Dear St. Lukers,
2020 is a big year – John and I will celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and I will turn…well let’s just say it’s a big birthday year for me. It may take me a while to be able to say the word!
What I had not even considered is it is another anniversary year for me as well. This week while serving on the Board of Ordained Ministry, one of my colleagues stopped me and reminded me of a trip we went on 25 years ago. I was in youth ministry and along with several other Central Florida youth directors we attended Youth Ministry classes at Perkins seminary at SMU in Dallas. This colleague was there, along with the youth leaders from St. Luke’s, current St. Luker Angie Winn (who served at Sanlando UMC) and I believe Steve Schneeberger (who was serving then at FUMC Orlando). It was my first taste of a seminary class in theology and biblical studies and the conversation left me hungry for more. I began to feel restless and unsettled that week.
The last day, this colleague, who I had known since his wife was appointed to a church in Tallahassee, shared he had answered God’s call to attend seminary and seek ordination as a pastor. He shared...