Local pastor ordained by Oklahoma United Methodist Conference

Kathryn SwanJ-C Correspondent
Local pastor ordained by Oklahoma United Methodist Conference

Pastor Kathy Ann Morris fulfilled a decade-long dream Wednesday night when she became an ordained elder in the Oklahoma Methodist Conference.

Morris and husband, Richard just returned from the Oklahoma Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church which was held in Oklahoma City. Her ordination was held at Saint Luke’s United Methodist Church on May 27.

Morris said, “The whole week was filled with amazing events. For me, it was a time of great joy as Bishop Robert Hayes and Reverends George Warren, Linda Muterspaugh and Jennifer Long layed hands on me as I became an ordained elder in full connection. I have been asked what this means. Well, to everyone else it means I am now worthy to wear a stole around my neck whenever I wear my robe. It means that I can bless and serve communion with any congregation and not just my Pawhuska church. It means I have been examined and trained to be accepted in the order of elder. It really means that the process is over and my ministry will continue.”

Ordination is a public act of the Methodist Church which indicates acceptance by an individual of God’s call to the up-building of the Church and acknowledgement and authentication of this all by the Christian community through prayers and the laying on of hands. United Methodist tradition has entrusted persons in the ordained ministry with the responsibility for maintaining standards, for education and training, and for examination and granting credentials to those who seek ordination.

The theme for the Ordination Service and Annual Conference was “On Fire to Serve.” A pre-service

concert by the St. Luke’s UMC Chancel Choir and Orchestra, Edmond Campus Worship Band, LifeLight Vocal Ensemble and Cantate Chamber Choir equaled a production from New York City’s Carnegie Hall. A processional of stately black- robed clergy led Morris and other persons to be commissioned, ordained and recognized to the front of the beautifully adorned altar as the choir sang “Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven.”

Morris was surprised Sunday morning during worship when UMW (United Methodist Women) President Vi Harris presented her with a hand-crafted stole from Cookson Hills, a key mission project for UMW since 1948. In addition to the traditional Methodist Cross and Flame logo, the stole reflected “the circle of life.” The back collar of the white stole was embroidered with three eagle feathers, representing the Church’s involvement with Native Americans. A reception was held immediately following church.