By: Kristie Hall and Mary Kay Unkelbach

The presence of our Lord and Savior was truly felt during the Installation Service of Reverend Amy Hunt at Kirkwood Presbyterian Church (KPC) of Jacksonville!  On January 12, 2014, Reverend Hunt was officially installed as Pastor of KPC.  This has been a long awaited time for the congregation at KPC, as their journey in seeking a new shepherd to lead them began over two years ago.  The journey was long, but God was present in each step of their walk.  What a beautiful way to celebrate this milestone in the life of Kirkwood!

There were many local Presbyters in attendance that day.  Steve Benz, the Transitional Executive Presbyter, welcomed everyone to this joyous occasion.  Jim Hall, Ruling Elder at Kirkwood, led the Call to Worship and the Prayer of Confession.  Reverend Alexandra Hedrick delivered a very exciting message on the importance of being called into ministry and relating it to the Baptism of our Lord.  Reverend Gabe Goodman asked the Constitutional Questions to both Amy and the Congregation.  All questions were answered with resounding affirmation!

Kirkwood was extremely delighted to have our dear friend, Reverend Carol DiGusto, share a Litany of Gifts with Amy.  Carol shared some of her fondest memories of Kirkwood with all of the attendees, as she was very instrumental in the early years of our church!  What a treat it was to think back to some of the early days of Kirkwood’s history.

Richard Corey, Ruling Elder of Nueva Esperanza Presbyterian Church (NEPC), recited the Statement on Ministry of the Church. Kristie Hall and K’Elly Thompson, both Ruling Elders at KPC led the service in song and praise while Mary Kay Unkelbach, Clerk of Session for Kirkwood, tickled the ivory keys of the piano!

Overall, it was a joyous occasion on Sunday in the life of Kirkwood. We look forward to exploring this new journey with Pastor Amy Hunt!

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