Tonight I had the wonderful privilege of being ordained to the ministry of the Gospel. After going through a rigorous ordination council which challenged every part of my theological perspective and understanding, the ordination service was the official culmination of the process.
I cannot express how gracious everyone was with their thoughtful expressions of kindness and appreciation. The only disappointment of the evening was that my dear friend
My good friends, Dr. Jim Smith and
Many people have asked me whether or not my ordination means that I am leaving
The Lord has afforded me the opportunity to speak at Christian law enforcement conferences and prison chaplain conferences around the nation and invariably, I am asked by someone whether or not I have been ordained. It doesn’t seem to matter to them whether or not I have clearly taught God’s word; rather, it only matters that I have been formally recognized as being qualified to serve as a pastor. Therefore, formal ordination removes that barrier by giving me credibility in the eyes of those who see it as essential for those who teach the word at such conferences.
I know the day will come when I will officially retire from the law enforcement profession. As of this writing, I have a maximum of four years and eight months to go before I must retire. I plan to finish that entire period. During that time, I will keep on teaching and serving the Lord at
I hope this answers those who have asked me what this ordination means for my immediate future in terms of ministry. Thanks again to everyone who came and to those who participated in planning and coordinating the details of the event.