iAs was announced in worship last week, on July 18 we will welcome John Duff home as our Director of Adult Discipleship.   This is a position that was formed when Nora Conner assumed new responsibilities in the staffing reshuffle precipitated by the retirement of Paul Bramel at the end of May.   In this role, John will work with the Grow and Equip, Build and Introduce, and Lay Mobilization Teams.   He will also be tasked with the responsibility of rejuvenating our ministry with Young Adults.    John grew up at St. Luke and felt the call to ministry while at St. Luke.   He worked previously as a volunteer youth counselor with SLUMY.  He is currently at Asbury Seminary in the Masters of Divinity program as well as working on an additional master’s degree in Church Leadership.   For the last few years, John has been on staff at the Andover campus of First United Methodist Church.  He has primarily been working with the youth at Andover.   Recently John has felt that God is broadening his calling beyond youth ministry into the areas of Discipleship Formation, which fits perfectly with the expectations of this position.   John is an outstanding young man who will make an excellent addition to the St. Luke ministry team.   Thanks to the Staff Parish Team for leading us through all of the changes and transitions of the last few months.   They have done a great job in placing existing staff persons into areas of great fruitfulness and also bringing on a couple of new staff persons to lead the church in outstanding ways.   Welcome home John.

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