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Commissioning Service Affirms Frederick Teachers’ Call to Ministry

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Beckie Carbaugh, Julia Pumroy, and Jake Villanueva were commissioned on Oct. 16.

(From left to right) Jake Villanueva, Julia Pumroy, and Beckie Carbaugh. Credit: Ruth Koilpillai

Three Frederick Adventist Academy (FAA) teachers were commissioned during a special ceremony last Sabbath afternoon at the Frederick (Md.) church. 

Beckie Carbaugh, Julia Pumroy, and Jake Villanueva were publically recognized as being called by God to the ministry of teaching and were commissioned through the “laying on of hands” and prayer during the one-hour service on Oct. 16.

“There’s no higher calling in life than the call of God to point others to Jesus and to salvation,” said Jerry Lutz, Chesapeake Conference president, in his charge to the candidates. “You’ve been called to the teaching ministry in which you have the privilege and sacred responsibility of training young minds, helping to shape and form the character of boys and girls and young men and women. You’re called to prepare them, not only for this life, but…for eternity.” 

Beckie Carbaugh has been teaching at FAA since 2010 and has served as principal since 2015. During her time at FAA, Carbaugh has helped establish a pre-school program and overseen the development of an outdoor classroom. She believes children learn best through play and experiential learning and loves to connect her students with nature. Carbaugh holds a teaching degree in elementary and early childhood education from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education from Mary Baldwin University (Staunton, Va.).

Jerry Lutz, Chesapeake Conference president, lays hands on teachers Jake Villanueva and Julia Pumroy during the commissioning prayer. Credit: Ruth Koilpillai

Julia Pumroy currently serves as vice-principal and 1st and 2nd-grade teacher. An alumnus of FAA, Pumroy has taught at her alma mater since 2006. She focuses on developing the whole child and believes in tailoring her teaching for different learning styles. Pumroy graduated with a degree in elementary education from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University) in Takoma Park, Md.

Jake Villanueva teaches middle school math and science at FAA. Villanueva is passionate about helping students realize their potential and showing them God’s love through different subject areas. He previously taught at Tidewater Adventist Academy (Chesapeake, Va.) and Highland View Academy (Hagerstown, Md.). Villanueva holds a secondary education degree in Science from Columbia Union College (now Washington Adventist University).

“We are recognizing how the Holy Spirit has anointed you,” said Morgan Kochenower, lead pastor of the Frederick church, during his homily. “We are praising God that we get to benefit from your anointing…I pray that God would make it our greatest desire that we would be here at every step of the way to lift your hands up in God’s calling and commissioning in your lives.”

Renee Humphries (center), and Kristin Horman (right), place their hands on Beckie Carbaugh (left). Credit: Ruth Koilpillai

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