Sabbath afternoon, November 20, 2010, marked the ordination of several deacons and elders who have been serving the Lord at the Palm Bay church for some time. Three deacons and three elders answered the call to serve God in these important capacities and were duly ordained by Wintley A. Phipps, D.Min., senior pastor of Palm Bay, and Andre Campbell, associate pastor of Palm Bay, in a service well attended by family, friends, and church members.
Campbell charged the six individuals to regard their duties as seriously as they do their vocations. He then charged the church to keep them in constant prayer.
Phipps then prayed over the six chosen as ordained elders laid hands upon them.
The ordained deacons were Charles Fraser, Zephrus Joseph, and Stefan Williams. All three individuals have been serving the church faithfully as deacons for several years. Fraser is a decorated master guide and the director of the Palm Bay Crusaders pathfinder club.
Joseph is active with Men’s Ministries. Williams is a staff member of the pathfinders and adventurers clubs, as well as an assistant discussion leader of one of the youth Sabbath school discussion groups.
The elders were Arlene Adams, Delroy Bolton, and Robert Durant. Adams is a professor of nursing at
Brevard Community College and is also the leader of Women’s Ministries at the Palm Bay.
Bolton has served the church as an AYS sponsor and leads art classes at the church.
Durant is a retired military veteran, who has been serving the church as the leader of a Sabbath school discussion group.