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The Diaconate

A Word and Deed Ministry

Reminder to all our Deacons in Calvary Presbytery:

On January 21 we are inviting all our deacons to join us for a morning meeting on the direction and vision of our Diaconal ministries. We will be giving you an update on our Disaster Relief plans and Steve Jessen, the new MNA Disaster Relief Coordinator for the Carolinas, will be sharing about his vision and plans for 2023. We will meet at Christ Community Church, 700 Harrison Bridge Road, Simpsonville from 9-11:00 am.

There will be refreshments and a time to meet with other deacons. Hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please call or text me.

Dan Ratchford 803-960-6716

DIACONAL UPDATE CALVARY PRESBYTERY December 2022

DIACONAL UPDATE CALVARY PRESBYTERY

December 2022

1. To all the faithful and serving Deacons of Calvary Presbytery…wishing you a wonderful Christmas holiday season! I know you will be busy with events at your churches, it’s a wonderful time of the year to celebrate the birth of our Savior!

Please put January 21 on your calendar. We are inviting all our deacons to join us for a morning meeting on the direction and vision of our Diaconal ministries. Steve Jessen is the new MNA coordinator for the Carolinas and will be sharing about some of the plans for 2023 with Disaster Relief efforts. We will meet at Christ Community Church, 700 Harrison Bridge Road, Simpsonville from 9-11:30 am. Hope to see you there!

We are also planning another “hands on” training event with Hudson Blough in the month of February. The last training with Hudson was well attended and we learned how to work with and maintain our chainsaws. We will keep you posted on that date.

2. The “Word and Deed” ministry of our Presbytery wants to be available to help any of our churches in Diaconal needs…if your church has a need and not enough deacons to meet that need, please contact us.

3. The two Carolinas have a new MNA Disaster Response Director, Steve Jessen. Steve is a Teaching Elder and lives in Stanley, NC. He will coordinate any Disaster Relief for the 11 Presbyteries in the Carolinas.

4. Our leadership team of 7 are always looking for more folks to help us out. If you would like to be on our Alert Email list, please contact us. If your church would like a short presentation of our ministry, please contact us.

Dan Ratchford

803-960-6716

dannylynnratchford@gmail.com

Our Mission

  • To organize, coordinate and encourage Diaconal ministries in Calvary Presbytery.
  • To empower our Deacons to the work of ministry in their local church, in our Presbytery and in the PCA.
  • To foster diaconal relationships and the sharing of “best practices” in our churches.
  • To help local diaconates in developing local ministries in areas such as: homeless shelters, prisons/jails, poverty needs, senior adult needs, local pro life ministries, food kitchens, church security issues, etc.

Team Members

  • Dan Ratchford (Chairman)
  • Cal Gilvin (Secretary)
  • Allen Lohmann
  • Doug Pinkham
  • Bruce Piesch
  • Larry Smith
  • Billy Oates

Contact Us

Dan Ratchford is a TE at Smyrna PCA in Newberry and the designated contact for diaconal matters

Call (803) 960-6716 or email dannylynnratchford@gmail.com