LWC Hosts School for budding Methodist ministers
Posted on Wednesday, May 20, 2009 [11:12 AM]
Front from (from left): Larry Carow, Ronald
Kaluya, Matthew Kimmons, Ken Jessee (co-dean), Mary Lou Stephens
(co-dean), Roger Jones, Keith Katterheinrich, Jonathan Fuller and
Suzanne LaFond. Second row (from left): Kenny Rogers, Terry Sallee,
Brittany Burton, Deborah Copley, Kevin Kelly, Ann Kelly, Elling
Cancoo, Delila Miller and Scott Upton. Third row (from left): Allen
Self, Larry Penix, Ernie Doan, Randy Nielsen, Paul Bramel, Jeff
Bramel, Chris Neikirk, Johnnie Long, Kimberly Koger and Georgia
Baugh. Fourth row (from left): Betty Joe Sommerville, Mackenzie
Sefa, John Hall, Roger DeRossett, Jim Nichols, Ken Hundley, Adam
Potter, Greg McNichols, Tommy House and Jamus Redd. Back row (from
left): Andy Wade, April Gray, Mark Windley, Jamie Sloane, Shannon
Cain, Buel McGuffey, William Talley, Chris Harrison, Jim Fant and
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Almost four dozen future
leaders of The United Methodist Church spent the week of May 18-25
on the A.P. White Campus.
For the 10th time in the last 11 years, Lindsey Wilson College
hosted the United Methodist License for Pastoral Ministry
The weeklong school -- sponsored by the Kentucky Annual
Conference of The United Methodist Church -- certifies laypersons
to serve as pastors and present sacraments in their assigned United
Methodist churches. This year's class is the largest in the
school's history with 44 students from several districts of the
Kentucky Conference attending the school.
The Rev. Ken Jessee, who is the school's director, said he was
pleased with the record class and was glad the school was back at
"The whole idea of coming to Lindsey Wilson is based on two main
points," said Jessee, who is also a 1981 LWC alumnus. "With this
college being Methodist-affiliated, it makes us feel like we are a
part of the college and in a supportive and caring atmosphere.
Also, the staff at Lindsey Wilson is encouraging. Everybody on this
campus makes us feel welcome."
The school's largest class also was the first class to use LWC's
Norma and Glen Hodge Center for Discipleship. The 3,000-square-foot
building -- which is attached to the Sumner Campus Ministry Center
-- was opened in January.
"Everything has gone like clockwork so far," LWC assistant
chaplain Carol Weddle said on the school's second day. "Lindsey
Wilson is a great place to be, and now that we are able to host the
pastoral school in our new Hodge building, we are able to better
serve the needs of the teachers and students."
The school's students said the program helps them gain knowledge
needed to take back to their respective churches and
|Participants of the License from Pastoral
Ministry School gather Tuesday morning in the Norma and Glen Hodge
Center for Dicipleship.
Johnnie Long, a minister in Millerstown, Ky., said he feels the
school has been a very important stepping stone in his process to
developing a more effective ministry.
"This week so far I've learned a lot and reaffirmed many things,"
Long said. "But most importantly this is the final step of getting
licensed so I can do the things I haven't been able to do, such as
Terry Sallee of Edmonton, Ky., who is also an LWC human services
and counseling major, said she came to the school with many
questions. The school has helped her find her calling.
"I came with questions in my spirit and I knew I wanted to be used
in ministry, but I wasn't sure how I needed to be used in
ministry," Sallee said. "The school has given me more assets to
draw from and it's making my path clearer."