On Sunday, January 22, Carrie Walker Nettles was our guest proclaimer. On November 13, 2016, this congregation ordained Carrie to the gospel ministry. The practice of this congregation is to have those who have been ordained to preach; Carrie fulfilled this request on January 22.
Carrie, the daughter of Roger and the late Deborah Walker, grew up in First Baptist Greenville, serving as a Children’s Ministry Intern during the summers of 2004-2006. Carrie is now married to Mason Nettles, and they have two children, Brigid and Bret.
In January of this year, she began working as a victim services specialist at the Julie Valentine Center. In this role, she will help children, adults and families process spiritual questions regarding abuse. As this is the first child advocacy center in the U.S. to employ a chaplain, Carrie will also help train other clergy throughout the state to help them assist victims of child abuse and sexual assault. FBG recognized her gifts, set her apart and sent her into the world.
On Sunday, November 15, 2015, the church ordained Sally Sarratt and Maria Swearingen. Following ordination, Sally served as proclaimer January 31, 2016, and Maria preached on February 21, 2016. Neither of them was a stranger to our congregation – both had preached here before. Sally, the daughter of Bill and Elaine Sarratt, preached both Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunrise services in 2010. Maria preached at FBG during the summer of 2008 when she served here as a Duke Divinity School Ministerial Intern.
On Sunday, January 29, this congregation blessed Maria and Sally for their journey ahead. Maria is leaving her post as associate chaplain at Furman University, and Sally vacates her positions as associate chaplain at Greenville Health System and associate pastor at Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. They have been called to co-pastor at historic Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C. This church recognized their gifts, set them apart for service, and sent them out to make space for God to do God’s work in the world.