Seashore District lay speakers attend fall school


Twenty-six people attended the Seashore District Fall Lay Speaking School at Leggett Memorial United Methodist Church in Biloxi in November. 

Anne Steinaway taught the basic beginning course to Danny Glaskox, Lisa Nordan, Bill Yordy, Diane Chapman, Nick DeAngelo, Ethel Mae Bell, Brad Davidson, Lisa Wilham, Ruby LaBrock, Rodeshia Williams and Kathy Brown. 

The basic lay speaking course focuses on the many ways lay speakers are called to be in ministry through preaching, leading, teaching, serving, proclaiming the gospel, discipleship making, storytelling and growing through personal spiritual formation. 

Those completing the advanced course, “Lay Speakers Create Disciple-Making Faith Communities,” were Chic and Joanne Anderson, Elaine Belham, Margo Porter, Twila Canfield, Fred Mitchell, Mike Scarborough, Donna Johnson, Joanne Parker and Jennie Heberg. Instructor was the Rev. John Tucker of Safe Harbor UMC in Hurley. 

Nathaniel and Theresa Barkum taught the advanced course, “Lay Speakers are Accountable Disciples,” to Holly Clayton, Laura Pickett, Chris Wise, Glenn Wood and Daphne Richardson. 

Sherry Judy serves as school coordinator for the Seashore District. Mississippi Conference Lay Speaking Ministries sponsors Leadership Schools at locations around the state each year. Basic and advanced courses are offered at each school. In addition, the 11 districts are encouraged to offer a school each year. Some districts offer special schools for youth or Spanish speakers to complete the basic course.  

Persons who complete the basic course are considered local church lay speakers. Certified lay speakers complete the basic course and an advanced course.