East District of The North Texas Conference

Lay Servant Ministries in the East District

Basic Lay Servant training and an advance class, Called to Preach, is scheduled March 10 and 24, 2018, at  FUMC Deport.

East District Leadership:

Where do you find Lay Servants in the East District? Our District UMW Vice President is Ms. Kathryn McClellan, a member of Warren Chapel in Terrell. Her father, Raymond Smith, was a Lay Speaker for many years. She became a Lay Speaker in 2004, following in his footsteps.

Her Story:

I was going through some of my father’s papers and saw some of his presentation, and I asked the pastor to let me read one. The church was so elated that I was to give an inspirational reading every Sunday. This has been a part of the morning worship since 2004. When I became a Lay Speaker, I thought my job was only to bring messages and fill in if the Pastor was absent. Since that time, I discovered that most Lay Servants are Sunday School teachers, United Methodist Women Presidents, etc. I think it was a good idea to change the title to Lay Servants. We are JACK OF ALL TRAITS AND MASTER OF ALL. As a Lay Servant it is difficult to say NO.

As a Lay Servant, I am thinking outside of the box. Our programs include involving the community and expanding beyond the four walls. We are having programs on Disaster Training, Needs of Senior Citizens Transportation, Homeless concerns. I am Vice President of the East Division United Method Church, and I am expecting to expand our horizon in 2018.

Kathryn McClellan

Any questions regarding Lay Servant Ministries or the training, please contact your pastor or Lori Massey at 903-227-0302 or lori.mass@yahoo.com.