Mansfield resident Rosanne Driscoll was recently appointed chaplain of the Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church, Mansfield.
Driscoll’s appointment has historic as well as spiritual impact for the United Methodist Church and the community. “We are the only small membership church who has a chaplain. We are taking this action from our John Wesleyan Methodist heritage to empower the laity (the average person) of the church to do God’s work,” said Pastor David A. Arruda.
Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church created the new position of chaplain and commissioned the Lay Leader, Rosanne Driscoll, to serve. Driscoll had been expanding the ministry of Lay Leader into a full-time position and the additional title more accurately reflected the expanded role. Driscoll is a graduate of the Boston University School of Theology (‘89) where her emphasis was in Pastoral Counseling. Additionally, she had recently retired from her career as a psychiatric nurse and so seemed particularly qualified for this ministry.
As chaplain, she:
Provides Pastoral Counseling and hospital visitation; provides hospice visitation through a program with Asera Care; volunteers with a team that provides medical transportation, shopping and errand assistance for the elderly and disabled; introduces new folks to volunteering in the clothing and other ministries of the church; teaches English to immigrants in Mansfield through the English for Speakers of Other Languages program of the Norwood Library; provides math tutoring to those who need vocational assistance; writes and organizes the Sunday School curriculum; leads, facilitates, and organizes Bible Studies; facilitates a Women’s Covenant Group; assists with worship including preaching when requested; and attends the church and community breakfast group, attends Pastor’s Breakfasts, participates in Food and Friends, food Ministry, and serves weekly in the “Clothes To Go” free clothing Ministry.
Driscoll looks to the future. She said, “I’d like to see a midweek worship group, restart the New Beginnings grief support/divorce support group, and possibly establishing a family game night for the community.”
Chaplain Rosanne Driscoll can be contacted through the Faith Fellowship United Methodist Church Facebook page, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the church at 508-339-6040.
Floyd Knight, a former M.L. King Scholar at the School of Theology and a Bible major (MDIV ’88), has been awarded a DFI Fellowship from the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Having formerly held the Carter G Woodson Fellowship at Northern Illinois University, Floyd is currently the Rhoten A. Smith Teaching and Research Fellow in the English Department at NIU where he is a Ph.D. linguistics major. Upon graduation, Floyd plans to earn a second Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible in order to study ancient Syrio-Palestinian literature and culture from a variety of linguistic, rhetorical, literary, historical and philological approaches, methodologies, and perspectives. Floyd, an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Chris) denomination since 1988, was also granted approval for Ordained Ministerial Partnership Standing in the United Church of Christ in 2010.
Judy Guion-Ulster finished her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Ohio State University in 2013, and has recently been appointed as University Chaplain at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.
Congratulations, Judy! Thanks for sharing this with us and keep up the amazing work!
Kyle Bozentko (STH ’10) has been named Executive Director of the Jefferson Center, an organization dedicated to making democracy work for everyone, located in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Mark Sumner Harvey (STH ’71, GRS ’83) is the Director of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra and they will be presenting its 41st Annual Christmas Concert on December 21 at Emmanuel Church, 15 Newbury Street, Boston. This will be a blend of traditional carols in jazz arrangements and the Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn version of The Nutcracker Suite. And it benefits the Pine Street Inn. You can check out the orchestra at www.aardvarkjazz.com.
Gerald (Jerry) Anderson (STH’55, GRS’60) met Pope Francis, gave a lecture and received
an honorary Doctor of Missiology degree from the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome on
The degree was presented to him by Cardinal Fernando Filoni, the Chancellor
of the university. It was the first time an honorary degree has been given to a Protestant by
this university that was founded in 1627 and is owned by the Sacred Congregation for the
Evangelization of Peoples. Dr. Anderson, a former UM missionary in the Philippines and
president of Scarritt College in Nashville, is emeritus director of the Overseas Ministries Study
Center in New Haven, CT, and resides in Hamden, CT.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful news with us, Jerry!
Chad Smith (STH ’08) and his wife Christi Beebe welcomed their son, Carter Christian Smith, into the world on September 29, 2013.
Thanks for sharing and many congratulations and blessings to your family!
Here is the link to the digital version of USA TODAY’s Special Edition on the life and witness of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We hope that you enjoy it and we are sure you will benefit greatly from the many reflections inside. You may even come across the ad for BU STH on page 32.
Boston University Grad Endorsed for Missionary Service in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kathy Charland, a Boston University School of Theology graduate (Master of Divinity, 2009), has been endorsed by American Baptist International Ministries (IM) to serve as a missionary in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Kathy resides in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Working with IM partner, the Baptist Community of Congo, Kathy will work at the Mitendi Center in Kinshasa which provides training in job and life skills to women at risk. Jill Lowery, current IM missionary, has been serving at the Mitendi Center since it opened its doors in 1999, and will serve as Kathy’s mentor as she becomes accustomed to the new environment.
Kathy currently serves as Associate Minister at Progressive Community Baptist Church in Springfield, Massachusetts. She is also a teacher at a private Christian school and the registrar and an instructor for the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts (TABCOM) School of Ministry.
When asked why she feels called to this ministry, Kathy responded, “When I traveled to Zambia [and worked with IM missionaries, Charles and Sarah West] in 2007, I was struck by the vast disparity between those in the world who live comfortably and those who do not. I wondered how best to assist people like those I met there. My experiences in Zambia were never far from my mind.”
The regional Executive Minister of TABCOM, the Rev. Dr. Tony Pappas, is in full support of Kathy’s endorsement. “We have long known that Kathy’s heart was to serve the Lord and we are thrilled that such a significant opportunity is opening up for Kathy to do just that. Our prayers and blessings go with her!”
As an endorsed missionary, Kathy will be working in the months ahead to build her Mission Partnership Network. She will be inviting individuals, groups and churches to partner with her by committing to share the spiritual, relational and financial support needed to begin her ministry in the DRC.
Please join IM in celebrating this new endorsement and praying for Kathy as she invites others to join her in ministry. You may send words of encouragement and communicate directly with Kathy at http://www.
Here’s a link to a recent newsletter from Notre Dame Mission Volunteers that contains an update from our alumni and friends, Micah and Jocelyn. They are currently serving in Peru, teaching English at two different high schools and serving in the local mission. What an exciting journey they are taking.