May 27, 2021 | News by Rev. Matthew Ruffner
Launching leaders into ministry is one of the markers of a vibrant and healthy congregation. Preston Hollow has a long legacy and storied history of preparing, equipping, and launching leaders. This week at its May meeting, the Session continued that legacy when they endorsed Lauren Ghighi's request to enter the Ordination Process of the PC(USA). As a result, Lauren will begin her Master of Divinity degree this fall at Princeton Theological Seminary. Lauren was awarded a full scholarship and has been recognized as an outstanding candidate for ministry. Simply put, Princeton confirmed what we who have watched Lauren grow in faith and leadership have known for a long time!
I shared with our Session that Lauren has sought our pastoral team's counsel, wisdom, and prayers throughout her discernment process. The Session's endorsement is the confirmation of years of prayers, conversations, and discernment. It was a moment of celebration and thanksgiving.
You should know that Lauren joins Preston Hollow members Marty Loman, Joann Pearce, and Adrian White, who all are currently pursuing Theological Education.
Marty Loman is currently pursuing a ThM at SMU's Perkins School of Theology.
Joann Pearce will begin her MDiv this fall at SMU's Perkins School of Theology.
Adrian White is entering their third year of MDiv studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
It is a gift to be part of a vibrant and healthy congregation!
I look forward to returning to our Summer Worship Schedule, which begins this Sunday! I always look upon this time of year with great anticipation because our services feel a bit like a family reunion. The energy is contagious on campus as we worship together in one service at 10 am and in Founders Hall at 5 pm. This summer will surely be Spirit-filled.
I look forward to preaching this weekend and welcoming you all back home!
Love and light this day.