Welcome New Certified Lay Speaker

by | Oct 4, 2016 | East District Newsletter

Photo of Donna Jenson

Photo of Donna JensonWe are pleased to announce that Donna Jensen of the Velda Rose United Methodist Church, Mesa, has become the East District’s first Certified Lay Speaker.

Donna has been part of the Lay Servant Ministries program for nine years. She has been a member of Velda Rose since 2001 and a United Methodist since 1958. She has been married to Barry Jensen for 42 years. Her activities and hobbies include reading, bead weaving, and co-teaching a Creative Writing Class. A devoted member of Velda Rose United Methodist Church, she has served in many capacities, including Chair of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, an officer in United Methodist Women, teaching an Adult Sunday School Class, and is currently the Lay Leader.

The designation of Certified Lay Speaker is part of the Lay Servant Ministries program. Being a Certified Lay Speaker means that Donna has completed a rigorous study program of seven required courses, including courses on preaching, leading worship and prayer, United Methodist polity and heritage, and courses on one’s own spiritual gifts. Donna has also taken many other Advanced Courses in the Lay Servant Ministries program and has taught the foundational course, Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course. In addition, she has been endorsed by her pastor, undergone evaluation of sermons she has preached, reviewed by the Lay Servant Ministries committee and is prepared to serve our District in Pulpit Supply.

Donna can be contacted at 480-984-0171 or at dgjensen50@msn.com.

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