Last night, at the Evangelical Covenant's Annual Meeting, Pastor Kevin and Pastor Clay were ordained to Word and Sacrament which is a permanent, life-time credential with our denomination. About forty other men and women from different races and life stages, who are pastoring around our nation, were ordained with them. Missionaries and people dedicated for special ministries were ordained, too.
Esther was able to come and be with Pastor Clay. Pastor Kevin's family came from Singapore and Chicago to be there for this special moment. His sister, Rev. Tammy Draheim (Superintendent of the Covenant's Midwest Conference) was the one who prayed for Pastor Kevin when the pastors knelt for the consecration prayer.
Nothing will change in the life and ministry of Pastor Clay and Pastor Kevin because they are now ordained. As licensed, credentialed pastors, they were able to do everything a pastor does before last night's service as they are able to do now. Being ordained represents completion of many years of studies and preparation for a life-time of consecrated service. It is a moment to celebrate and to stop and thank God for His faithfulness to these men who desire to serve him with all their hearts.