By Lisa González
The brisk, rainy afternoon of July 9, 2016, did not deter well-wishers from attending the commissioning service for Julian Jones-Campbell at English camp meeting in Wingdale, New York. Jones-Campbell is the first woman in the Greater New York Conference (GNYC) to be commissioned to pastoral ministry.
Newly-commissioned pastor Julian Jones-Campbell, center, stands with, from left, G. Earl Knight, former Greater New York Conference president and newly-elected Atlantic Union Conference president; Patrick Campbell, Jones-Campbell’s husband; Ivan Williams, North American Division Ministerial Association director; and Alanzo Smith, Greater New York Conference Ministerial department secretary.
For the past 10 years, Jones-Campbell, who is also a registered nurse, has served the GNYC as associate pastor at the Grand Concourse church, pastor of the Wakefield church; and she is presently serving as a pastor at the Five Towns and Macedonia churches. G. Earl Knight, former GNYC president and newly-elected president of Atlantic Union Conference, congratulated Jones-Campbell and her husband for sticking with ministry and giving their best to the Master.
“This is a ground-breaking day for the Greater New York Conference,” said keynote speaker Ivan Williams, North American Division Ministerial Association director. His powerful directive reminded the attendees that “God looks into our future. He sees that we will fall, but He still has a gospel assignment for us. . . . He still gave us the opportunity to be co-laborers with Him.”
Addressing Jones-Campbell, Williams said, “He is using you to be a conduit of God’s grace to bring others to Him. In doing so, you will bless His name by blessing others as you serve.”
Jones-Campbell’s husband, Patrick Campbell, stood by her side as they both participated in the commissioning litany offered by Steve Cassimy, GNYC English Ministries director. Alanzo Smith, GNYC Ministerial department secretary, followed with the commissioning charge to the candidate in the presence of her peers. Milton Gregory, pastor of the Victory church, offered the prayer of commissioning, and Henry Beras, then GNYC executive secretary and recently-elected GNYC president, presented Jones-Campbell with her official commissioned ministerial credential, marking a historic day in the Greater New York Conference.
After the prayers and laying on of hands by fellow pastors, Jones-Campbell was presented with a plaque, gifts, and flowers from various individuals.
“If you are tired and feel like giving up, I’ve got news for you,” said Williams to Jones-Campbell. “You’re breaking ground today, Pastor Campbell, for other sisters coming behind you. Hold your head up high, for God has called you and no one can take your personal testimony away.”
— Lisa González, news reporter, GNYC Adventist News; this article originally appeared in the Sept. 2016 Atlantic Union Gleaner.
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