The Role of Deacon: A Call to Servanthood

When does the call to believe and follow Christ happen? In childhood? In the midst of a traumatic event? At the time of transition? Yes, yes, yes. It happens to each person uniquely and can come at any time, in the midst of any situation. Lyn Baker’s call to Christ was dramatic and instantaneous. It happened in her late 20s. “I was not a believer one day, and was a believer the next day,” she explains. “Just a few weeks…

Partnering in a Christ-Centered Endeavor

After growing up Catholic and working in Baptist and non-denominational churches for several years, Mark+ Walz of All Saints Dallas was introduced to Anglicanism through his wife’s family. Last spring, as a newly ordained deacon, Mark+ shared how discovering The Anglican Mission and the three streams felt like coming home. Since then his sense of belonging has grown to include not only a growing appreciation for the ways in which sacrament, scripture and Spirit harmonize, but also meaningful connections with…

Coming Home: My Ordination Experience

Written by: Mark Walz Mark Walz and his wife, Cate, pose for a picture with Bishop Philip and Claudia Jones after the January ordination.   A few short days after meeting my wife, I knew she was the one for me. Even if she took some convincing, I knew that it would only be a short amount of time before we said the covenant words of marriage before our friends and family. And sure enough, a few months later my…

More Than An Envelope: My Ordination Experience

Drew Witt, lead pastor of the Gathering Midtown in San Antonio, TX, was ordained to the diaconate last month at Winter Conference. Following, Drew shares his ordination experience, and what it meant to receive more than an envelope.    Drew Witt with Canon Vithalis Sunzu and Bishop Aaron Kijanjali.   I grew up in a well-known charismatic denomination. They valued “loose structures” and “following the Spirit’ very heavily. In many ways, I’m grateful for that. However, despite their benevolent intentions, loose…

Coffee with a Friend: Cindy Miller

Deacon Miller and her family at the Grand Canyon   This month, we sat down for coffee and a chat with Deacon Cindy Miller of Christ the King Anglican Church (CTK) in San Jose. Miller is married to Brian, has two teenagers, and has been a member of CTK since 1992. Miller faithfully served the church in various volunteer roles until 2013, when after a miraculous healing she pursued ordination and went on staff. Pull up a chair to hear…