Monday, March 3
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The Presbytery of Santa Fe
God’s call did not return empty. At the October 2012 meeting of the Presbytery of Santa Fe, three young adults under the age of 38 were examined for ordination and received as members of the presbytery: Rev. Claudia Aguilar was ordained for service at Columbia Theological Seminary; Rev. David Martinez, for chaplaincy at a local hospice; and Rev. Matthew Pooley, as an associate pastor for Sandia Presbyterian Church in Albuquerque.
All three answered the call to ministry in distinct ways. Claudia and David moved to the United States from other countries and pursued their calls thoughtfully and prayerfully, with the support of mentors and friends. Matthew moved to Albuquerque from the far-away country of Boston. In his new home he encountered a very different culture but the same God. Claudia, who overcame a culture that did not value the leadership of women, was mentored to ministry by a member of the presbytery. And on the day of David’s ordination, he was surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, physically and electronically. Members of his family in Mexico were present via Skype to witness the culmination of his call.These three young adults bring a lively new vision of God to the Presbytery of Santa Fe, home to 5,762 members of 42 congregations and one new church development. They join five other pastors under age 40 who are using their gifts, insights, and skills to serve God in the presbytery.
—Sallie Watson, missional presbyter/stated clerk
Let us join in prayer for:
Sallie Watson, missional presbyter/stated clerk
Sharon Yates, associate stated clerk/office manager
Griselda Sandoval, administrative assistant
Crista Callen-Tarr, youth events coordinator
Guillermo Yela, new church development pastor
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Gracious God, thank you for the gifts you shower on your church, gifts that have names like David and Claudia and Matthew. Help us to follow where they lead, and encourage the growth of your call in them for the rest of their days. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.