Three people were recognized for completing the coursework required to earn a Certificate in Older Adult Ministry (OAM) at the annual meeting of the Presbyterian Older Adult Ministries Network (POAMN) in Louisville, KY.
This program is a partnership between POAMN and the Center for Lifelong Learning.
The Certificate is awarded after the completion of four core courses and a Capstone Project.
To read more about the OAM course, click here.
The Rev. Dr. Jaehong Kim, a member of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta who is active among their ECKAM Churches, has served older adults in Korean-American congregations for more than ten years.
His Capstone project was based on his work toward the Doctor of Ministry Degree he received in June 2019 from Columbia Theological Seminary.
It was a comprehensive plan for senior ministries in the Korean-American context.
Sarah Erickson, Director of Lifelong Learning, served as Kim’s adviser.
“Jae’s project is the first to focus on the Korean-American congregational context, and to use a case-study approach.
It may be a helpful resource for other larger Korean-American congregations with the resources to offer multiple programs for their senior members.”
Mrs. Beryl Taylor Sherer, a member of Decatur Presbyterian Church, developed a discussion series specifically for residents of older adult/senior communities. Sherer, a resident of Philips Tower, part of the Presbyterian Homes of Georgia, continues to hold gatherings there and is available to other residential communities as well.
Her Capstone adviser was the Rev. Amy Dills-Moore, former Chaplain at Philips Tower now serving as priest-in-charge at the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in Atlanta.
Says Dills-Moore of Sherer’s work, “She worked diligently to complete this course of study, listening deeply for movements of the Spirit about how God might be calling her to share her desire to minister among older adults like herself living in senior living communities.”
Mr. Christopher Pomfret completed his Capstone Project while a Ruling Elder at Bath Presbyterian Church in Dayton, OH. Retired from the aerospace industry, Pomfret created the Third Thirty Network of the Presbytery of the Miami Valley to educate, inspire and prepare for the inevitable challenges of aging. His project, THE THIRD THIRTY: A Course Guide Exploring the Realities and Challenges We Face in the Years 60-90, provides outlines for twelve sessions that can be offered as a series or as stand-alone sessions.
The Rev. Dr. Marvin Simmers served as Pomfret’s adviser, said of his work, “Chris invites participants to not only share their experiences of aging, but to reflect on the implications of growing older.
His use of biblical stories illustrates that God’s people ‘have been down this road before.’”
Thirteen certificates have been awarded since the program’s inception, and since the partnership the seminary began in 2014, participants have come from 26 states, including Alaska.
For additional information about POAMN, visit www.poamn.org. To read about the 2019 annual conference, check out these reports from the Presbyterian News Service: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/.
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