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Timothy James installs brother Eugene to Michigan Regional Ministry

Posted on May 15, 2012

Timothy James installs brother Eugene to Michigan Regional Ministry

The 2012 Michigan Regional Assembly on May 12 culminated with the installation of Eugene W. James, Jr. as our new Regional Minister. “I now enter into a solemn convenant with God and the Michigan Region which has called me as its pastor,” James said to the gathered regional representatives. “I promise to proclaim the gospel faithfully and to perform the compassionate office of pastor of the people of God to the extent of my ability and as God gives me strength,” he added.

The installation service took on special meaning for the James family with Eugene’s brother, Timothy James, Associate General Minister and Administrative Secretary of the National Convocation of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), installing Eugene to the ministry of the region. In a light moment as Timothy began the installation, “Eugene W. James, Jr.,” he paused and with a wide grin, ad-libbed, “and I have a lot of other names I could add to that one but I won’t,” words that only a brother could share in a light-hearted way. As part of the installation service commitments of support to the new regional minister were shared by clergy, regional elders, board members, and the Michigan region.

David Vargas, recently retired president of Disciples Global Ministries, drew from the Good Samaritan Bible passage (Luke 10:30-37) to charge worshipers to discover how profound and broad is the question, “Who is my neighbor?”     

A special offering taken during worship raised $937 in support of Eugene James, to be the Michigan Region’s representative, to join a delegation to visit the Disciples of Christ in Congo, reinforcing our region’s historic ties to that overseas ministry. Retired regional minister Jon Lacey encouraged participants and Michigan Disciples members to make contributions toward the $5,000 needed by donating online or sending gifts to the regional office.

Online gifts may be made by accessing the “Donate Now” web page.

A communion service, presided over by our new regional minister concluded the annual Michigan Regional Assembly, attended by 70 plus representatives from 19 Michigan congregations, ecumenical visitors and James family and friends.