We are pleased to announce that Michelle Fleming was recently ordained a GCI elder, now serving the Orlando, Florida, congregation. Orlando lead pastor, Steve Schantz, commented:
It was a joyous time of prayer and celebration as Michelle’s church family affirmed her call to serve her Lord and his church as an elder. I opened the ordination ceremony with scripture reading, then Michelle’s father, Dr. Charles Fleming (GCI’s Mission Developer for the Caribbean), read more scripture and shared ways God prepared his daughter for pastoral ministry—serving the congregation first as an intern, then as a member of the preaching-teaching team, worship leader, small group leader, and assistant curriculum writer. Charles then led the ordination prayer while brothers and sisters from Michelle’s physical and spiritual families joined in as Charles and I as officiating elders laid hands on her. Tears of joy were in abundance!
Below are pictures from the ceremony. The top picture shows the laying on of hands with Steve on Michelle’s left, and Charles (holding the microphone) on her right. The bottom picture shows the congregation gathered for the ordination. Congratulations to Michelle, her family and congregation!