On Friday, April 8, David and Cherie Smith will be recognized for their ministry to Union College, the College View church and the Mid-America Union as part of a special service during Union College’s Homecoming Weekend.
The Kansas-Nebraska Conference will ordain David and commission Cherie for the gospel ministry during the Homecoming Weekend vespers service traditionally dedicated to the mission and ministry spirit of Union College. “I am thrilled that what God has done for Union College would be honored in this way,” said David Smith, who has served as president of Union College for 13 years. “I am looking forward to see what God will do in the future.”
Although ordination is usually reserved for pastors, the conference felt that David’s ministry at Union College has paralleled that of a pastor. “We recommended Dr. Smith’s name for ordination because of his consistent pastoral ministry to the students and staff of Union College, as well as the constituents of the Mid-America Union,” said Ron Carlson, president of the Kansas-Nebraska Conference. “He accepts speaking appointments all over Mid-America, and his work with people—especially at Union College—is truly pastoral.”
Cherie Smith has served as the nurture and prayer pastor at the College View Seventh-day Adventist Church since moving to Lincoln with David 13 years ago. “Commissioning is the Adventist church’s way to recognize women in ministry while maintaining unity in the world church,” said Carlson. “Pastor Smith has shown a very consistent and successful ministry in her work at College View, and in North America commissioning is viewed in the same way as an ordination.”
The service will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 8, in the sanctuary of the College View church. A reception will follow in the main church lobby.