Deacon

Church Growth
The Rev. Lovett H. Weems Jr. Photo courtesy of Wesley Theological Seminary.

Young elder numbers near historic low

United Methodist clergy age study shows modest growth period has been followed by drops in the number of both men and women elders under age 35.
Social Concerns
The Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson sings during morning worship at the 2016 United Methodist General Conference in Portland, Ore. Johnson, a delegate to the conference, has written a hymn called "It Is Enough" in response to George Floyd's death and earlier tragedies like it. File photo by Maile Bradfield, UM News.

Pastor connects through protest hymn

Sparked by the death of George Floyd and others, the Rev. R. DeAndre Johnson shares his own anguished song and finds an internet audience.
Mission and Ministry
The Rev. Diane Dyson in full gear as a hospital nurse caring for COVID-19 patients. Dyson is a United Methodist deacon and says her clergy background has helped her to be a better listener as a nurse. Photo courtesy of Diane Dyson.

Clergywoman also is nurse on COVID-19 front line

The Rev. Diane Dyson, a United Methodist deacon, experiences fear and fulfillment as health care worker in the pandemic.
Social Concerns
During the 35th session of the Desert Southwest Conference, the Rev. Joshua L. Warner, third from left, was ordained as a deacon. Warner is a gay man. The ordination and commission service included commissioning of Jamie Lynn Booth and Timothy Robert Hunsinger for the work of an elder. Photo courtesy of the Desert Southwest Conference.

Gay deacon ordained in Desert Southwest

Ordination is another step in a long life of service for a man who has faced many challenges because of his sexual orientation.

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