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Ordination of Michael Swartzentruber On October 16, 2010

Community Christian Church (CCC) in Lincolnshire, IL was honored to host the ordination of Michael R. Swartzentruber on October 16, 2010. Michael attained his Master’s of Divinity from the University of Chicago in May. While studying there, Michael served as Disciples Divinity House Scholar and successfully defended his thesis. His service at CCC began as a student intern, after which he served as Sabbatical Minister and finally as Minister of Youth and Young Adults. During his nearly two-year tenure, Michael led numerous outreach projects to bring the love of Christ to the hungry and the homeless. Participating in Michael’s ordination service were his wife Rebecca, his parents Jeff and Mary, and his brother and sister-in-law Phillip and Shannon, as well as members and leaders of the congregation in Lincolnshire and important guests who contributed to the development Michael’s ministerial identity, including: Teresa Dulyea-Parker (Regional Minister and President in the Illinois-Wisconsin Region); Christal Williams (Associate Regional Minister in the Illinois-Wisconsin Region; Kristine Culp (Dean of the Disciples Divinity House and Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Divinity School); Nelson Irving (Interim Minister at CCC); Kory Wilcoxson (Senior Minister of Crestwood Christian Church in Lexington, KY); Kevin Boyd (Director of Field Education and Church Relations, University of Chicago Divinity School); and Kerry Wentworth (Minister of South Oldham Church of the Nazarene in Crestwood, KY). The love of God was evident throughout the ordination service, fellowship and celebration. Michael added, “Today was about God, celebrating what we have done and are doing together, and our common call to minister with the gifts God has given us. It will be God’s love which fuels the work of ministry that awaits me.”

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