Letter from Pastor Mike About Jamie Nelson’s Ordination and Installation

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October 8, 2020

Dear Church Family,

This weekend Jamie Nelson will be ordained and installed as Associate Pastor at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Having been elected at the Congregational Zoom Meeting in June and approved by the Presbytery of San Diego Zoom Meeting in September, Jamie is now ready to be ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and installed as associate pastor at Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. If you would like to view Jamie’s interview by our congregation and the Presbytery of San Diego, click here.

For Jamie, this is the culmination of a decade long journey: coming “under care” of the SBPC Session and the Presbytery Committee on Preparation for Ministry, completing theological studies, internships and assessments, passing his ordination exams and his “trials of ordination” by the Presbytery of San Diego. For SBPC, this is the culmination of an associate pastor search and congregational vote in June to approve Jamie’s call to this church.

Like the ordination of ruling elders and deacons every January, Jamie will respond to the vows of teaching elders who serve alongside ruling elders on Session, celebrate the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, teach the faith, and equip people for the work of ministry. The congregation has the opportunity to respond as if you were in person, by affirming your own faith in Christ and your commitment to work alongside and support Jamie as he leads.

This Saturday, a small number of worship leaders will record elements of Jamie’s ordination to be incorporated into the normal format Sunday’s service. The service of ordination will be officiated by Wells Lyman, the moderator of the Presbytery of San Diego.

Sunday’s worship service gives us all the opportunity to celebrate together. Normally, the whole congregation would be invited to the service and we would have a reception to celebrate the event. Please take a minute and write Jamie an email of congratulations at jamie@solanapres.org.

Thank for your participation in worship this Sunday. I’m personally excited for Jamie as he enters into a new season of ordained ministry here at SBPC and for Sara, their boys Max and Oliver, as they continue in our life together as a family. Join me in giving thanks to God for Jamie, and praying God’s richest blessing for him and his family, and our congregation as together we grow as fully devoted followers of Jesus.

In Christ,

Pastor Mike McClenahan


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