Jennifer Sanders was installed as the licensed pastor of Beloved Community Church in Birmingham, Alabama on February 12, 2017 at their regular worship service at 5:00 pm. Marcia Bentley represented the Commission on Ministry and June Boutwell represented the Southeast Conference. Acting Moderator Denyse Thornley-Brown presented Jennifer on behalf of the church. Many clergy from other churches were present including pastors and representatives from Presbyterian, Methodist, Unitarian Universalist, and Friends Meeting (Quaker) and others.
The other three UCC churches in Birmingham were represented by their pastors, Rodney Franklin (First Congregational Christian), Paul Eknes Tucker (Pilgrim UCC), and J R Finney (Covenant Community Church) as well as other clergy who are members of all four Birmingham area UCC churches. A highlight of the service was the opportunity for those in the congregation to offer a charge or blessing to Jennifer.
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