The Upper New York Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church is pleased to announce that 16 clergy were welcomed during the Conference's 2013 Service of Commissioning, Ordination, and Reception held recently at the OnCenter, Syracuse.
The Annual Conference is the regional administrative body of the church, and the Upper New York region includes 920 churches throughout upstate New York.
During the service, which is held at the end of three days of worship and Conference business, 15 ministers were commissioned or ordained; one minister was received into full membership; Upper New York Area Resident Bishop Mark J. Webb presided.
Among the clergy commissioned as a deacon was The Rev. Molly Joy Turner Golando.
A native of Jamestown, Rev. Golando is currently awaiting appointment. She has previously served congregations in Sheridan and Perrysburg. She lives in Dunkirk.
Rev. Golando received her basic theological studies degree in 2005 from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.
She said of her calling: "I am excited about being commissioned as a deacon in The United Methodist Church. The call to word, service, compassion and justice will allow me to work in a variety of ways in many different settings, locally, nationally and internationally.
"Being a deacon will give me opportunities to use the gifts I have in music, drama, education, and healing ministries to bring many into the welcoming arms of God."
Rev. Golando and her husband, David, have three children: Joy, Grace and Gregory.
A deacon is called to equip and lead the laity in ministries of compassion, justice and service in the world. A deacon has the authority to teach and proclaim God's Word, to lead in worship, to assist elders in the administration of the sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. They can perform the marriage ceremonies and funeral services. They must serve at least two years as provisional deacons before receiving full ordination as deacons.