Celebrating 25 Years of UMC Deacons: Lecture by Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain
Already but Not Yet: How Inspiration, Persistence, Genius, and Intrigue Set Us on the Road to a Full and Equal Order!
Featuring Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain, Garrett-Evangelical Theologcial Seminary
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 4:00 p.m. (CDT) | Via Zoom
This lecture is sponsored by Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Deacon Order Chairs Planning Group, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of The United Methodist Church in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the United Methodist Order of Deacon
ABOUT REV. DR. MARGARET ANN CRAIN
Rev. Dr. Margaret Ann Crain was consecrated as a Diaconal Minister in 1986 and ordained as a deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1997. Crain served churches in Missouri and North Georgia for 20 years before joining the faculty at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1998 where she worked tirelessly to make Garrett a center for training and supporting Deacons within the UMC.
During her tenure as Director of Deacon Studies, she sponsored several Deacon Dialogue events. “United Methodist deacons need to speak clearly to the church about who we are and what God has called us to do. The Deacon Dialogue event will provide an opportunity to meet together, hear from some of our most articulate deacons, and share in the efforts to clarify, for The United Methodist Church, the unique contribution of deacons to the mission of Jesus Christ.” she said. The Dialogues were important in shaping the fledgling order. In addition, she helped to establish The Ecumenical Network for the Diaconate.
She is co-author of A Deacon’s Heart: The New United Methodist Diaconate (2001) and author of The United Methodist Deacon: Ordained to Word, Service, Compassion and Justice (2014). She has just completed a book that narrates the history of The United Methodist Church’s shift to ordaining deacons in 1996, tracing both the political realities and the theological foundation for that re-ordering of ministry. Advancing the Mission: The Order of Deacon in The United Methodist Church will be released by Foundery Books in early summer.