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This week the Spencerville church board, and subsequently the Chesapeake Conference Executive Committee, voted to approve the hire of two new pastors to serve at Spencerville church (Silver Spring, Md.): Gaspar Colón as the Pastor of Nurture and Discipleship, and Lerone Carson as the Pastor of Children and Middle School.

“After a thorough search, I’m pleased that God has directed Gaspar andLerone to Spencerville Church. In speaking with the other members of our pastoral team, we’re confident that both Gaspar and Lerone have much to contribute to our ministry, and we look forward to seeing their God-given skills put into practice as His church continues to grow,” says Chad Stuart, senior pastor at Spencerville church.

Gaspar Colón began his career in ministry in 1972 as an Associate Pastor in Jackson Heights, within the borough of Queens, New York. During his life of service to the Adventist church, Gaspar has also served in conference, union, and division leadership roles, worked for Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), and led Washington Adventist University, both as interim president, then as the professor and chair of the Department of Religion. Gaspar holds a doctorate from New York University, a master’s in Public Health from Loma Linda University (Calif.), and an M.Div. from the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary at Andrews University (Mich.). Gaspar is married to May-Ellen, who works as assistant director of the

Sabbath School/Personal Ministries department of the Seventh-day Adventist world church, and is the Director of Adventist Community Services International. They have two adult children, Ivan, a dentist in Hawaii, and Sarah-May, a pastor in Garden Grove, Calif.

 Lerone Carson is quite familiar to the Spencerville church family, having been a member for almost 10 years. During that time, she, along with her husband, Murray, have served in a variety of areas, including community services, prayer ministries, children’s Sabbath schools, vacation Bible school, and Adventurers.

Holding a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Adventist University (Tenn.), Lerone went on to pursue her master’s degree in social-organizational psychology from Columbia University in New York, where she graduated in 2010. After receiving her master’s degree, Lerone worked for The Gallup Organization in Washington D.C. in the area of employee and customer engagement. Most recently, she has served as a client services manager for Pegged Software, a consulting firm serving the healthcare industry, in Baltimore. Lerone is married to Murray Carson, a software developer. They currently live in Reisterstown, Md.

 “I feel blessed to be able to make this transition to full-time ministry, and look forward to working more closely with the Spencerville church and school family,” she says.

Gaspar and Lerone plan to transition into their new roles around January 1, 2017. —Jason Lombard, Spencerville associate pastor for Media and Administration

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