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Leaders of The United Methodist Church attend weeklong school

By Travis Smith
News from Lindsey Wilson College

COLUMBIA, KY - After spending a week at Lindsey Wilson College, Denise Wallace is excited to take the lessons she has learned while attending The United Methodist License to Pastoral Ministry School back to her home church.

The weeklong school - sponsored by the KentucKY Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church - was held June 5-11 at Lindsey Wilson College. It certifies laypersons to present sacraments in their assigned United Methodist churches. For some of the students, the school will enable them to have expanded responsibilities in their home church; for other students, the school is a step on eventually becoming pastor of a church.

Denise Wallace was one of forty-three participants at this year's school. Wallace is a pastor at Carlisle United Methodist Church in Carlisle, KY.

"It's been wonderful," said Wallace. "The people at LWC have made our stay so comfortable. And the training has been so practical that I'll be able to go back home and implement it immediately."

The Rev. John W. Hatton of Columbia United Methodist Church in Columbia, KY, directed the school and taught along side seven other clergy during the week.

"I always enjoy the licensing school," said Hatton. "I enjoy the dialogue we have in our classes. In fact, we all learn from one another."

Hatton expressed his enthusiasm about having the school hosted at Lindsey Wilson College again this year.

"We are very blessed by the facilities and staff of LWC," said Hatton. "They have always provided wonderful hospitality to us and the learning environment is perfect for the Licensing School. We certainly enjoy the beautiful chapel on campus. The architecture of the chapel directs the worshiper's eyes upward to God and we have certainly felt Christ's Spirit in our times of worship."

Esther Coy of Cynthiana First United Methodist Church in Cynthiana, KY, echoed a similar sentiment about worshiping on LWC's campus.

"We close every teaching day with a worship service. The opportunity for interaction during worship has been the highlight of the experience for me. Worshiping as a group here on this campus has been such a moving experience."

Amy Caulder, a participant from Cadiz, KY, said that she was "overcome with the graciousness of the staff." She also added that the campus of Lindsey Wilson College contributed to the experience.

"The chapel has been really sacred to me," said Caulder. "The campus as a whole has helped in reflection time and what it is we are here to learn and accomplish."

For more information about the License to Pastoral Ministry School visit

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Rev. John W. Hatton speaks to pastoral ministry students

2016-06-13 - Norma & Glenn Hodge Center, 402 Helen Flatt Drive, Columbia, KY. - Photo by Travis Smith, LWC photo.
The Rev. John W Hatton of Columbia United Methodist Church speaks to a group of pastoral ministry school students in the Norma and Glenn Hodge Center for Discipleship during the week long United Methodist License to Pastoral Ministry School held at Lindsey Wilson College June 5-11. 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY. - Travis Smith, LWC

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