Seven ordained at NNSW Big Camp

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Stuarts Point, New South Wales 

Seven ministers were ordained into Gospel ministry in front of a packed Big Tent on the first Sabbath of the North New South Wales (NNSW) Conference’s Big Camp, held at Stuarts Point from April 18 to 26.

I personally like it when other ministers can witness and support ordinations, and it provides an opportunity for a bigger range of those considering ministry to be able to see it.

Those ordained were Michael Chapman (Associate Youth Ministries director for the NNSW Conference), Adam Cinzio (Glen Innes/Inverell churches), Horace Evans (Bellbrook/South Kempsey churches), Rick Hergenhan (Youth Ministries director for the NNSW Conference), Peter Howard (Murwillumbah/Ocean Shores churches), Graham Stewart (Gloucester/Wingham churches) and Peter Watts (Lakeside church/Conference evangelist). Their families were also welcomed into ministry, with the important contribution they make acknowledged.

After a welcome by Esther Quinlin, in which the traditional owners of the land were acknowledged, Australian Union Conference president Pastor Chester Stanley gave a prayer of blessing over the service. This was followed by a video of the ordination candidates explaining “How God Got My Attention,” which was full of moving, insightful and amusing anecdotes about how God spoke into the ministries of the candidates.

Dr Barry Oliver, president of the South Pacific Division, gave the ordination charge, reminding the candidates that they were to minister as a servant, a shepherd, a watchman and a teacher. Pastor Justin Lawman, president of the NNSW Conference, preached a short sermon about “Answering the Call” as part of the service.
 

From left: Pastors Justin Lawman, Horace Evans, Michael Chapman, Graham Stewart, Peter Watts, Peter Howard, Rick Hergenhan, Adam Cinzio and Neil Thompson.

“It was fantastic to see so many guys ordained together,” said Pastor Lawman. “It’s something that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. It’s fantastic to have such a good team working together in our conference too.”

When asked why ordinations were conducted at Big Camp, Pastor Lawman said the Conference “wanted other pastors and the wider church community to be able to acknowledge the calling” of the newly ordained ministers.

“I personally like it when other ministers can witness and support ordinations,” said Pastor Lawman, “and it provides an opportunity for a bigger range of those considering ministry to be able to see it—they can see how God is calling them through the ministry of others, and their decision can be fortified. It’s also a good chance for church members to come together in support of our ministry team.”

Full life stories of all those ordained on the day can be found in the June issue of NorthPoint.