Monday, 15 August 2022

Consecration at Synod

One of the most significant moments at the Provincial Synod last month was the consecration of Br Jared Stephens as Presbyter at the Synod Communion Service. The service was held on a very warm Sunday evening in the Chapel at Swanwick in Derbyshire. Jared's chosen hymns, 'All my hope on God is founded' and 'And can it be' opened and closed his consecration. The Bible reading from Amos 8: 9-12 was given by Sr Betsy Miller, the Chair of the American Northern Province, and Sr Claire Maxwell who is the minister of the Fetter Lane Congregation and a pioneer minister in Lambs Way Ministry read from Colossians 1:24-28.

Sr Roberta Hoey, Chair of the Provincial Board presented Br Jared for consecration and Br Livingstone Thompson, minister of the University Road and Kilwarlin congregations and a member of the Provincial Board preached the sermon. Br Joachim Kreusel was the ordaining bishop assisted by Br John McOwat. The Bible was presented by Br John Cooper from Cliftonville and Br Henry Wilson from Ballinderry.

Br John McOwat and Br Joachim Kreusel jointly presided at Holy Communion which followed the consecration and the elements were served by Sr Christine Emanuel and Br Jared Stephens. The pianist throughout the service was Br James Woolford.

It is unusual for consecrations to take place at Synod, but it was felt appropriate this time as Br Jared was being received as a Moravian minister in the three-fold order of ministry. Br Jared has served the Moravian Church as minister of Ballinderry and Cliftonville Churches since 2018 and it was his earnest desire to enter fully into the Moravian ministry.

Br Jared came to the Moravian Church as a fully ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. He trained for the ministry at Princetown Theological Seminary in New Jersey. During that time he served a year's internship at Groomsport Presbyterian Church in Co Down in Northern Ireland. It was there that he met Sr Elaine who was later to become his wife. Br Jared gained a Master's Degree in Divinity in 2011 and then went on to serve his first pastorate in a church in upstate New York.

He returned to Northern Ireland and married Sr Elaine in 2013 at Bangor Abbey. Br Jared went on to serve for a few years in the Presbyterian Church in Co Antrim. It was in Belfast that Br Jared met Br Henry Wilson and then later Sr Sarah Groves. Br Jared soon became a welcome visitor to our churches and pulpits and following conversations with the Provincial Board he was appointed as minister at Cliftonville and Ballinderry. We pray God's blessing on Br Jared and Sr Elaine in his continuing ministry and on their life together with us in the Moravian Church.

Editorial Team

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