A UMNS photo by Vicki Brown

At the commitment service during EXLORATION 2006, young people come forward to pray with clergy.

EXPLORATION 2009 addresses offered youth and young adults an opportunity to explore God’s call in their life. The Nov. 13-15 event in Dallas was for high school seniors and young adults through age 24 who are considering a call to ordained ministry as a deacon or elder in The United Methodist Church.

“By attending EXPLORATION, youth and young adults had the opportunity to explore a variety of ways to serve in ordained ministry,” said the Rev. Meg Lassiat, director of student ministries, vocation and enlistment at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, which sponsors EXPLORATION.

The Rev. Tyrone Gordon, senior pastor of St. Luke’s “Community” United Methodist Church in Dallas; the Rev. William B. Lawrence, dean of Perkins School of Theology in Dallas; Minnesota Bishop Sally Dyck; and the Rev. Motoe Yamada, associate pastor of Buena Vista UMC in Alameda, Calif., were the keynote speakers. Participants were able to talk with admissions staff from the 13 United Methodist schools of theology, attend workshops.

Two United Methodist students from the University of Evansville traveled to EXPLORATION in Dallas to explore and discover how God might be calling them into ordained ministry. Both students received scholarship monies from the Evansville District in order to travel to Dallas and are extremely thankful for the financial assistanc. They are:

  • Chloe Sharp, a freshman and UE and is a theology major/Spanish minor, who plans to serve in mission work following seminary. Sharp has a passion for educating people of developing countries, especially women, to improve their quality of life but, more importantly, teaching them about the love of Christ. Her church home and family is in Corydon, at Pfrimmer’s Chapel UMC; and
  • Rachel Neer, a senior at UE and a religion major, who plans to attend seminary following graduation. Neer has been aware of God’s presence from an early age at First UMC in Gainesboro, Tenn. She says she has always been interested in learning about God.