By Carl Stagner
With the retirement of Servant Solutions’ Jeff Jenness and Children of Promise’s Paul Maxfield later this year, Convention 2019 will again be an opportunity to celebrate the past. With the selection of new leaders to carry on the mantles of these ministries, and with the commissioning of missionaries Nate and Stacy Tatman, Convention 2019 will also celebrate even more indications of bright future for the Church of God. Special moments you won’t want to miss have been set aside on the Convention 2019 and General Assembly schedule to mark these milestones.
Church of God Convention has long been a connecting point in time where a wide cross-section of the Movement has come together to mark important milestones. Such milestones have included the celebration of retiring pillars of the faith, the recognition of new leadership among the various partner ministries of the church, and the commissioning of missionaries. Calling attention to notable transitions like these always gives the Church of God pause to reflect on what God has done, and observe that he continues to do great and wonderful things in the midst of his people. Immediately following the evening main session on Friday, June 24, a joint agency retirement reception will honor both Jeff Jenness and Paul Maxfield.
About 9:00 in the evening on Friday, in the Servant Solutions Sabal Ballroom of the World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida, Convention attendees are encouraged to show Jeff and Paul how much we’ve been blessed by their ministry leadership over the years—twenty-six years for Jeff and sixteen for Paul. Memorabilia display tables will be set up to recount the accomplishments and demonstrate the heart of each leader for their respective God-ordained roles. Board chairs for each agency will be on hand to deliver special presentations as multimedia imagery will augment the reflective and celebrative tone of the evening. In a glimpse of what’s to come, those selected to succeed these Church of God heroes will also be recognized: Jim O’Bold for Servant Solutions, and Mike and Heather Webb for Children of Promise.
The anticipation for the future doesn’t stop with O’Bold and the Webbs. Saturday night’s main session will shine the spotlight God’s activity in Europe and the Middle East with the commissioning of Nate and Stacy Tatman. As associate regional coordinators, their role will continue to strengthen the already dynamic work of the Church of God taking place in the region. A highlight for convention attendees every year, this missionary commissioning is especially fitting for a gathering with an especially global emphasis.
During Saturday morning’s main session, there will also be a special moment set aside to honor our ministers who have gone on to be with the Lord over the past couple of years. Even as we mourn these losses, we celebrate the multitudes of new ministers accepting and pursuing the call.
For more information on receptions, electives, extra events, and other activities during Convention 2019 and General Assembly, visit www.chogconvention.org.