May 2016 has been a significant graduation month for several of our teaching elders who have been awarded the degree of Doctor of Ministry. Congratulations go out to The Rev. Drs. Dawn Conti (Kanapaha), Kathryn McLean (At-Large) and Darren Bess (First, Ocala). Dawn and Kathy travelled to Chicago to receive their degrees from McCormick Theological Seminary, and Darren was near Philadelphia to receive his degree from Westminster Theological Seminary.

Dawn Conti graduated May 7 with her Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary. Her Master of Divinity is from Louisville Theological Seminary where she graduated in 2003. She was ordained and installed as pastor of the Kanapaha Presbyterian Church that same year. Dawn has been a member of the Presbytery of St. Augustine since 1995.

Kathryn McLean was ordained in 1998 by this presbytery, after graduating from Columbia Theological Seminary, and she has served in various roles as pastor, chaplain, spiritual director and labyrinth facilitator. Most recently she was the chaplain at Westminster Woods on Julington Creek and pastor of our Lake Shore church in Jacksonville. Her Doctor of Ministry degree is from McCormick Theological Seminary, in the Building Beloved Community tract.

Darren Bess is the associate pastor at the First Presbyterian Church in Ocala, where he has served since his graduation from Dubuque Theological Seminary in 2006. His doctorate is in pastoral counseling.

Please join us in congratulating this newest group of folks who have answered God’s call to ministry in so many wonderful ways, and in completing this next step on their faith journey.