Covenant Day speaker took unusual route to MethodismCovenant Day Information
By LARRY GEORGE
Center for Missional Outreach
Ministers from across the North Texas Conference will be encouraged to remember their own call from God and to renew and refresh that call in a Covenant Day celebration led by the Rev. Joe Stabile and his wife, Suzanne.
Many of his colleagues know that Rev. Stabile, pastor of Cochran Chapel UMC in Dallas, first responded to God's call to ministry in the Roman Catholic Church.
But not all have heard the compelling story of the struggles he faced in his decisions to leave the priesthood. They included marrying and having a family with Suzanne, having his orders recognized by The United Methodist Church, and serving rural and suburban congregations.
Suzanne, Joe's wife of 25 years, is co-founder of Life in the Trinity Ministries, located in the Micah Center on the Cochran Chapel UMC grounds. An internationally known teacher, director of retreats and Enneagram master (an analyst of personality types and how they interact), Suzanne offers a blend of honesty, authenticity and humor in her testimony. She has been the keynote speaker for Brite Divinity School in Fort Worth and the annual conference of the Southwest Region of the Disciples of Christ Church in Midland.
Covenant Day Information
Date: Monday, January 30, 2012
Time: 2:00- 5:30pm
Location: St. Andrew UMC, Plano, Texas
Speakers: Rev. Joe Stabile and Suzanne Stabile- Cochran Chapel UMC