Ordination services were held at Philadelphia Church in Des Moines, Iowa in January for James Garswah and Estepha Franciques.

Brother Garswah, ordained as a deacon, comes from Liberia and has been a member for five years. During his time here he has filled many positions including deacon in training, choir member, community garden director, Sabbath school superintendent, and treasurer for community service for Central States Conference.

Ordained as an elder, Brother Francisque and his wife come from Boston, Massachusetts and have been members for approximately one year. During his time at Philadelphia he has assumed the roles of AYS leader, Sabbath school teacher, praise team member and speaker for divine worship services on a few Sabbath mornings.

Pastor George Bryant, former stewardship director, was the speaker of the day. Elder Bryant, along with his wife and aunt, joined us for the ordination services.

Sharon Tate is communication secretary for the Philadelphia Church in Des Moines, Iowa.