Sunday July 1st Emmanuel Baptist Church ordained their new pastor. Paul Vawter is the pastor of this local church ministry, having begun his new ministry in September of 2011.
I taught Sunday School with a challenge to the pastor and church family. Carole and I sang a special music duet with Pastor Paul Vawter preaching for the AM Service. Following the service the church provided a delicious carry-in dinner for all who were present.
The Ordination Service took place at 2:00 PM. Dr. Terry Price, the local church representative for Maranatha College (and Pastor Paul’s football coach) opened the service with prayer. Following a special music duet by Pastor Paul’s brother, David and his daughter, Hallie; Pastor Steve Hollenbeck brought the ordination message with a charge to the Emmanuel Baptist Church congregation and Pastor Vawter. I gave the ordination prayer with the laying on of hands along with Dr. Price, pastors: Steve Hollenbeck, Dan Stertz, Jeremiah Griffin (the pastor’s cousin) and deacon, Ryan Paschke. There was a cake reception following the service.
A number of churches were represented at the Ordination Council held on the preceding Friday June 29th at Emmanuel at 10:00 AM. Pastors present included: Rhon Roberts (Mukwonago), Phil Ace (Butler), Steve Hollenbeck with Ray Raez (Delavan), Rod Anderson (Fort Atkinson), Jeremiah Griffin (Living Stones Ministry), Jon Jameson with church member, Alvin (Kenosha-Northport) with me representing Calvary Baptist in Watertown. Pastor Paul’s brother David, who is an active member of First Baptist Church of Lake Orion, MI, served as the council clerk and I served as moderator. The council recommended that the church proceed with ordination after a two-hour examination of the candidate’s testimony and beliefs, as well as commending the candidate’s presentation as well prepared and mature. Following the council the church served a lunch for the council members.