Vocational Deacons to be Ordained June 9

God Willing, on Saturday, June 9 and 11 a.m., The Rt. Rev. Mark J Lawrence, Bishop of South Carolina, will ordain Deborah Hamilton, Ron Hamilton, Anne Darby Hunter, Glenn Ohanesian, Keith O’Neal and Frank Stoda to the Sacred Order of Deacons in Christ’s One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church at the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston, South Carolina. Your prayers and presence are requested.

Clergy: Red Stoles
Reception to follow.

Deborah Hamilton

Deborah Hamilton is a member of The Well By The Sea, Myrtle Beach, and currently serves on the Worship Team on keyboards and singing, oversight of various church ministries, weekly Bereavement Group Ministry moderator, Educational Outreach Ministry coordinator and Spiritual Life-coaching ministry helping hurting people emotionally and spiritually battered by life’s storms and challenges, which she has been doing for 40+ years. Deborah graduated from Essex Community College and attended Notre Dame University in Baltimore, MD. She did missions work in a deaf orphanage in Ensenada, Mexico, in 1970. She pastored along with her husband, Ron, for 40+ years in the Assemblies of God. She has been a Behavioral Analyst for 30+ years and was a small-business owner for 15 years. She taught Elementary and Middle School English and 3rd, 4th & 5th grade classes in a private Christian school in Baltimore, MD. She has edited a couple of published books. Deborah and Ron have been married for 45 years and live in Rains, SC..

Ron Hamilton

Ron Hamilton is a member of The Well By The Sea, Myrtle Beach, in which he is the Pastoral Care coordinator, Lay Eucharistic Ministry coordinator, Greeter’s Ministry overseer, Audio Ministry coordinator and involved in the Social Ministry. In 1972, Ron graduated from Emmanuel Bible College in Franklin Springs, GA, and went on to Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He and his wife, Deborah, have been in pastoral ministry for over 40 years. Ron planted a new Assemblies of God church in White Marsh, MD, in 1988 and pastored there for 15 years. As a bio-vocational pastor, Ron worked as an Information Business Analyst for McCormick and Company in Hunt Valley, Maryland, was Technical Administrator at Trinity Assembly of God, Lutherville, MD, and was Southeastern Regional Training Manager at MasTec. Ron and Deborah have been married for 45 years and live in Rains, SC.

Anne Darby Hunter

Anne Darby Hunter has been a member of the Church of the Advent, Marion, since 1978, after having been baptized, confirmed and married at St. Bartholomew’s in Hartsville. In high school, she served on the Diocesan Youth Commission then continued her lay service at Advent as a lector and lay Eucharistic minister for over 20 years. As well, she is a past Senior Warden and vestry member, Christian Education director, and Vacation Bible School and Youth Group Coordinator for Advent and joint community church ventures. After 34 years ministering to youth and families as a school and mental health counselor, she is retiring June 2 to move on to whatever types of social community ministry the Lord calls her to lead. She also looks forward to continuing liturgical and pastoral ministry by officiating at Morning and Evening Prayer services and visiting homebound members. By the Lord’s grace and the power of the Holy Spirit, she eagerly anticipates building relationships with church and community members to fulfil her deacon’s mission of “bringing the church to the world, and the world to the church.” She and her husband, Tommy, have three children and two granddaughters.

Glenn Ohanesian

Glenn Ohanesian is a founding member of The Well by the Sea, Myrtle Beach, where he has been involved in Cursillo, noonday and healing services, intercessory prayer, Brotherhood of Saint Andrew, and vestry. Glenn is passionate about healing prayer in the name of Jesus, a ministry he has been actively involved in for the past nine years. He entered college at age 14 and received his law degree at age 20. Glenn has been married to his soulmate Karolan for 29 years and they have two wonderful sons, Zack and Sam.

Keith Oneal

Keith T. O’Neal is a member of the Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort, SC. and is currently employed at Naval Hospital Beaufort as Head of Facilities for all Navy medical installations in the Tri-Command area. He has been married to Mary Ellen for 31 years and they have two daughters, Caroline and Elizabeth. He has served on the parish vestry, in the Kairos ministry, Stephen Ministry, community outreach ministry, nursing home visitation, and as a Naval Lay Religious Leader, with a ministry focus on Volunteer Hospital Chaplaincy.

Frank Stoda

Frank Stoda is an active member of St. Matthew’s Church in Darlington. He has served on the Vestry and as Junior Warden. He presently serves as an Usher, a member of the Altar Guild, and on the Building and Grounds Committee. He and his wife Janet retired from Fairfax County, Virginia where they both worked in Public Safety Communications. Frank was also a member of the County’s Urban Search & Rescue team, one of two worldwide certified rescue teams in the United States. He serves as Chaplain for Darlington City Fire & Rescue, Chaplain for Carolina Pines Hospital, and on Sunday he officiates a 20-35 minute morning prayer service at Elm Croft Senior Living Center in the Alzheimer’s Unit.