Celebrating the Ordination of Thomas Coates

by Rev. Ann Michele Rogers-Brigham,
Pastor of Safe Harbor Family Church, Jackson MS

It was a joy to share in the laying on of hands for Rev. Thomas Coates on Sunday, June 16. We were delighted to welcome Rev. Char Burch, Transitional Conference Minister, to officiate the ceremony and present him with his certificate of ordination from the United Church of Christ. He was very grateful to Safe Harbor for the gift of the unique, beautifully crafted preaching stole presented by our Vice Moderator, Terry Thomas.

Thank you to Liz Foster, Moderator, for presenting Thomas on the congregation’s behalf and to the Safe Harbor BOD for providing a wonderful pre-service reception to honor him. A highlight was having two former Safe Harbor pastors, Pam Walsh, who preached the ordination sermon, and Rev. Jim Becker to offer their loving presence and affirmation to him.