Certified Lay Speakers
On December 15, 2020, the Board of Laity, acting as the conference committee on lay servant ministries, approved Linda Haynes and Madonna Singleton as Certified Lay Speakers. A certified lay speaker is a certified lay servant who has received specific training to develop skills to serve the church in pulpit supply. They have taken six advanced lay servant courses as required by the Book of Discipline, including the preaching course taught by Rev. Andy Bartel. According to the Book of Discipline, a certified lay speaker serves by preaching the word when requested by the pastor, district superintendent, or committee on lay servant ministries. Congratulations!