Future Leaders of The United Methodist Church Attend Weeklong School
Posted on Thursday, June 12, 2014 [9:38 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- The future of The United Methodist
Church is filled with enthusiasm and energy. That was one of the
feelings an observer took away from this year's United Methodist
License for Pastoral Ministry School, held June 1-7 at Lindsey
The school -- sponsored by the Kentucky Annual Conference
of The United Methodist Church -- certifies laypersons to present
sacraments in their assigned United Methodist churches. For some of
the students, the school will enable them to have expanded
responsibilities in their home church; for other students, the
school is a step on eventually becoming pastor of a church.
Students spent nearly 12 hours a day in classes and worship
Rhoda Raglin of Georgetown, Ky., was one
of the 49 students at this year's school. She said attended the
school because it's "been in the back of my mind since I joined the
United Methodist Church in 2006."
Raglin said attending the school "helped me continue
what's been a great path and journey."
Raglin said she also liked attending the school because it
was held on a college campus "that is quiet and a good place for
"I really like the location of the school," she said. "The
teachers were great, and this place was a good place to process
what I wanted to accomplish."
The Rev. John W. Hatton of Mayo Memorial
United Methodist Church in Paintsville, Ky., directed the school
with three other United Methodist leaders.
Hatton, who has been involved with the school for the last
six years, said the school provides a good glimpse into the future
of The United Methodist Church.
"I think there is a joy and excitement in that many of the
students have felt a call to the ministry," he said. "And this is
often one of the first big steps for many of them."
The Rev. Debra Massengale said the
License for Pastoral Ministry School also fills a vital need in the
"The reality is we could not have United Methodism as we
know it today without our local pastors," said Massengale, who is
ministry consultant for the Prestonsburg District. "We would be a
very small denomination without them."
Massengale also said it was exciting to meet more than
four dozen people from Kentucky and Tennessee, many of whom took
off from work in order to attend the school's often grueling
"The enthusiasm they all feel about it it what's so
exciting," she said.
Hatton said the excitement of the school was also
palatable to him.
"I'm seeing the next generation of leaders here being
birthed in the first of the (Holy Spirit)," he said. "That's
exciting and gives me a lot of hope."
The school included, alphabetically, students:
Perry Alexander of Cadiz, Ky.; Sharon Bailey of Louisville, Ky.;
David Bannister of Cadiz, Ky.; David Bardin of Wilmore, Ky.; Chris
Basil of Lexington, Ky.; Nathan Boils of Albany, Ky.; Dea Brandon
of Owensboro, Ky.; Teddy Brock of Bledsoe, Ky.; Tyler Brumfield of
Louisville, Ky.; Jeremy Buchanan of Lexington, Ky.
George Burke of Louisville, Ky.; Shirley Burke of
Louisville, Ky.; Chrysanthia Carr-Seals of Lexington, Ky.; Regina
Cornelius of Taylor Mill, Ky.; Dennis Cotton of Madisonville, Ky.;
Terry Ray Cunningham II of Lexington, Ky.; Nathan Davis of
Columbia; Jeremy Easley of Hopkinsville, Ky.; Chad Foster of
Wilmore, Ky.; Peter Fullwood of Owensboro, Ky.
Chris Godbey of Bardstown, Ky.; Laura Green of Louisville,
Ky.; Adam Gulley of Mayslick, Ky.; Troy Hahn of California, Ky.;
Paul Hammond of Berry, Ky.; Jeffrey Jackson of Cynthiana, Ky.; Brad
Johnson of Wilmore, Ky.; David Keyworth of Wilmore, Ky.; Mignelis
Lazcano of Lexington, Ky.; Joyce Lighari of Kingston Springs,
Rodney Eugene Mason of Georgetown, Ky.; Samuel McConkey of
Fort Thomas, Ky.; Yosvany Pereira of Elizabethtown, Ky.; Jared
Pomeroy of Wilmore, Ky.; Eugene Quek of Wilmore, Ky.; Rhoda Raglin
of Georgetown, Ky.; Megan Reed of Cynthiana, Ky.; Richard Robbins
of Louisville, Ky.; Maikel Rojas Perez of Frankfort, Ky.; Elad
Shapira of Mackville, Ky.
Charles Shroll of Greenup, Ky.; Christopher Sparks of
Louisville, Ky.; Johnathan Strange of Wilmore, Ky.; Josiah Stuhmer
of Wilmore, Ky.; Barney Taylor of Columbia; Steve Traynham of
Louisville, Ky.; Mack Wells of Louisville, Ky.; Caleb Wheat of
Pikeville, Ky.; Nadine Woodard of Louisville, Ky.
The faculty: Rev. Kevin Burney of Louisville, Ky.; Rev.
Brian Ebel of Louisville, Ky. Rev. John W. Hatton of Paintsville,
Ky.; and Rev. Debra Massengale of Prestonsburg, Ky.