The church partnered with the Baltimore County Health Department to host the event on June 26.
The recognition took place during the first conference ministerial meeting of 2022.
Pastors were recognized for their years of service to the Chesapeake Conference during the first ministerial meeting of the year on Feb. 1.
During the virtual meeting, the Chesapeake Conference leadership team presented pastors who had completed at least 10 years of service to the conference with a certificate of appreciation, a lapel pin with their years of service, and a congratulatory gift.
Ken Coleman, pastor of the Blythesdale (Perryville, Md.) and Rising Sun (Md.) churches, was recognized for more than 30 years of service to the Chesapeake Conference. Tim Ponder, who currently serves as the volunteer pastor of the Norrisville (Pylesville, Md.) church, was recognized for more than 25 years of service.
Franke Zollman, senior pastor of the Atholton (Columbia, Md.) church, and Floyd Shelton, currently serving as the Patuxent (Leonardtown, Md.) church’s volunteer pastor, were recognized for more than 15 years of service to the conference.
Shawn Paris, Marilyn Scott, Cesar Gonzalez, David Livergood, David Byrkit, Luis Orjuela, Dong Hyun Kim, Kleyton Feitosa, Diego Boquer, Geoff Crowley, Elivs Mogoi, and Anibal Hansell were all recognized for serving in Chesapeake Conference for at least 10 years.
“It is important to know that you are valuable and appreciated,” says Eli Rojas, Chesapeake Conference Ministerial director. “Paul was careful to close some of his letters with words of encouragement that he directed to those in his team…Taking time to recognize the years of service that our pastors have helps them know that their hard work is noticed and appreciated. We have a very dedicated pastoral team here in Chesapeake Conference.”