On Sunday, July 9, 2017, you’re invited to join our church in celebrating the ordination of the Rev. Brenda Smith as Deacon in the United Methodist Church. We’ll have a reception sponsored by the Pastor/Staff/Parish Relations Committee following each worship service. The 8 and 11 am receptions will be immediately following in the back of the chapel; the reception following the 9:30 am service will be in the Fellowship Center following the service.
Brenda was ordained in worship at the Desert Southwest Annual Conference Saturday, June 17, 2017. Currently, she serves as a full-time clergy member at PVUMC, as Deacon and Director of Family Ministry, which includes children’s ministries and young adult ministries. She has a Master’s in Children and Family Ministry from Bethel University Seminary in St. Paul, and has served in this ministry for over 15 years and in several churches. She has also worked with Young Adults for about five years, and launched two Young Adult ministry programs. On June 20, 2015, Brenda was commissioned as part of the Annual Conference at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa. Commissioning, making her a provisional member of the Desert Southwest Conference with the title of Reverend. The two-year commissioning period was a time of learning and preparation with an assigned peer group who guided and advised Brenda. Ordination followed in 2017. Brenda has a Master of Arts in children and family ministry from Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and she completed her UMC Basic Graduate Theological Studies for Deacon from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in May 2014.
The service of commissioning and ordination was livestreamed. Click here to watch.