MAPC Has New Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellow
Claire and Andrew Ruth
Andrew D. Ruth, third year student at Duke Divinity School, has been selected as the 2012-2014 Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellow. Andrew and his wife Claire will be joining the staff at MAPC in June of this year, following their graduations. Claire is a candidate for the Masters of Arts degree in Christian Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s campus in Charlotte, NC; she and Andrew live in Durham. Though she is not seeking ordination, she will be a most valuable team member with the TEEZ staff, and participate fully in its programs of instruction. Andrew is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA) under the care of New Harmony Presbytery (South Carolina) and is certified ready to receive a call. He will begin meeting with the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of New York City in May, to prepare for examination and complete the parts of trial for ordination.
The Associate Dean for Academic Programs at Duke Divinity School wrote, in nominating Andrew for the position, “Andrew is distinctively qualified for this opportunity both because of his good standing as a student and scholar as well as his strong vocational commitments. Andrew is deeply interested in the Global South and what the church in America might learn from Christianity and its leaders there. ...[He] is committed to learning, but also to contributing. His calling includes a deep desire to teach Scripture and theology to the church, so that the church may be more equipped to teach one another.”
In his application, Andrew wrote, “I long to see lay leaders rise up as teachers, preachers, and evangelists in their communities both in Africa and here in the United States. This is the nature of our Christian vocation–to see all of life as ministry opportunity to love God by loving our neighbor.”
Please join us in praying for and welcoming Andrew and Claire into the MAPC circle of prayer for our Phillips Talbot Global Ministry Fellows. Andrew will be the sixth Fellow to serve with TEEZ in Zambia. Fellow Molly Dowell Baum and her husband Ryan are completing their tenure here at MAPC and will move to Sioux City, Iowa, in June, as Ryan takes up a new pastorate there and Molly searches for another call. Rebecca Jones continues her work at TEEZ and can be followed at her blog here on our site.