Pastor David Banning and lay leader Linda Stroup attended the Convening Conference and Ordination Service for the newly established Global Methodist Church Great Lakes Conference which includes churches from Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan.
This conference established the beginning of the denomination’s Great Lakes Conference and took place Oct. 27 and 28 at the Crossroads Global Methodist Church in Washington, Ill. Atwood Otterbein Church joined the Global Methodist organization on July 1, according to a provided news release.
Banning was ordained during the special service on Oct. 28.
Leesburg Methodist Church Pastor Rob Seewald and Banning’s wife, Jackie, were also on hand to witness the ordination. Seewald and Banning are long-time friends, and Seewald was privileged to participate in the laying of hands for Banning’s ordination, stated the release. The Leesburg Methodist Church is also a member of the Global Methodist organization.
Banning commented as part of the Global Methodist denomination, “We are here to love one another with the love of Jesus Christ and to spread the Gospel message of that love to communities and the world. While the vehicle in which we pursue that calling (the new denominational affiliation) that calling is as old as the original followers of Jesus Christ,” stated the release
Banning serves the Atwood Otterbein Church, 306 E. Main St., Atwood. Sunday services begin at 9:30 a.m. and are followed by Bible study with Patsianne Harrold following the service.
The pastor can be reached at 574-858-2291 or by email at [email protected]. The church website is www.atwoodotterbeinchurch.org and their Facebook is Atwood Otterbein Church.