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Ordination Service Held for New Pastor

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At the ordination service for the pastor of the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church on October 15 were (front) the Reverend Sally Newhall and back (left to right) the Rev. Joseph Welker V, the Rev. Dr. Allen Timm, the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Jones and Dennis Kauppila, vice-moderator of the presbytery.

by Jenny Stoner, Community Journalist

EAST CRAFTSBURY – On October 15, the East Craftsbury Presbyterian Church hosted a service of ordination for their new pastor, now the Reverend Joseph Welker V.  Ordination is the official service of the presbytery, the regional body of the Presbyterian Church, that confers the status of being a minister of the Word and Sacrament.  The congregation was joined by officials and members of the presbytery and by a number of family and friends of the new pastor who came to participate in the celebration. The Reverend Sally Newhall, moderator of the Presbytery of Northern New England, conducted the ordination service. Welker is a recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School. He began serving the East Craftsbury church in August.