Monday, April 20, 2020

When Vivian Thomas-Breitfeld, moved to Chicago with her seminarian husband, the initial plan did not consider her being ordained...

In an interview with Bishop Vivian Thomas-Breitfeld, during the African Descent Lutheran Assembly, prior to her resignation. We noted that in separate decades, we both served on the Candidacy Committee in Upstate New York. Dr. Ed Perry, her Bishop encouraged her to give seminary a try, as her husband was a student in Chicago, IL at McCormick Seminary.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sr. Ramona Daly - ELCA Deaconess, Chaplain, Spiritual Director, Dancer, and Muse....

Even as Sr. Ramona has aged, her desire is to float and glide others through their lives and their worship of God.  A member of the ELCA Deaconess Community, she has served in a variety of contexts. She has carried the burdens of those congregations, chaplaincy's, always with a spirit that not only lifts the person, but sometimes encourages them that there is still movement in lives that seem sedentary.  Movement and Prayer seem to have been central in her life and ministry.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Chaplain, Coach, Clergy can all describe Rev. Michael Vinson, as he has been or is all three...

Pr. Vinson is one of the few interviews of someone I have never met face to face.  He, when on Facebook, shares the strong ideas of someone who has not only an idea but a plan for how life, church, ministry and football should be planned and directed.  When a conversation partner, be prepared to clarify/defend your position, because it may be challenged, always with the Love Of Jesus.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Michael Cobbler, Pastor, Trombonist, colleague, early partner in a dual clergy marriage.

Most gatherings have plenty of music and Pr Cobbler was a central part of the music at any gathering of the church.  Currently an interim at United Church of Christ Congregations, he has served with great dignity and tremendous humor.  When you hear the ready laugh, there is music soon to follow.  He still plays with the symphony in Indianapolis, IN..

Reverend Angela Shannon has experienced a breadth of ministry as missonary, Parish Pastor, Pastoral Associate, Intentional Interim, Seminary Administration, and Pastor of All Saints, Bowie, MD

With a Broad range of Pastor and Church Leadership positions, Pr. Shannon is an enthusiast of Girl Trek and slowing down to be a Benedictine Oblate and Womanist Theologian. 
She is proud and rightfully so, of her ministries in multiple locations, in multicultural settings.
She is extremely proud of the "Monarch Sanctuary" on the property of her current call to Bowie, MD and she always notes the walking trail on the church property that highlights her own personal stake and activity in personal wellness.  You might want to see her 'Weather Reports' no matter where she is in the world.


With a Guiding Family hand, Callon Holloway ended up in ministry.

Bishop Callon Holloway(rt.) was almost 'Bahn Luteran" with family roots in Fredrick Lutheran Church, St. Thomas. With a broad based Christian upbringing and family channeling, church work may have been on his family's agenda, but not in the forefront of his mind.  Continuous involvement seem to set a path toward ministry.  Involvement in church, guides - both in the congregation and beyond - helped to shape and raise up this minister who have served the church.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Dr. Charles Leonard-Pastor, Chaplain [Military/Civilian], Missionary, College & Seminary Administrator/Professor-Unable to say NO...

From Philadelphia, Pr Leonard has been able to make forays into almost all parts of ministry in the church.  Growing up the trajectory was one of service. After college and seminary, he served a parish in North Philadelphia, while fulfilling his ROTC requirement as a Navy Chaplain that did not end for 18 years. He learned Dutch in the Netherlands to equip him to serve as Missionary in Suriname. Upon completion of his service there, graduate education and service as an administrator at Uppsala College, Union Seminary kept him moving up and down the New Jersey Turnpike. A call to Contextual Education at his Alma Mater, Lutheran Theological Seminary [now United Lutheran Seminary] brought him back to his home town, as he has continuously been connected to St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Philadelphia. Gasoline and energy seem to never be in short supply.