Rev. Douglas ordained at annual conference

Mineral Wells Index
As Rev. Eric Douglas begins his second year as pastor of First United Methodist Church of Mineral Wells, he does so as an ordained minister.
Rev. Douglas was one of 11 Methodist pastors ordained on Wednesday as part of the church’s 2017 Central Texas Annual Conference in Mansfield.
“I’m overjoyed that this part of my life is complete, it has been the focus and work of my life for the last dozen years or so,” said Rev. Douglas, who began the ordination process in the summer of 2004. “There are a lot of challenges facing the church in our day, but I’m confident that our God is bigger than any of them.”
Becoming an ordained Methodist minister is a calling, followed by a detailed process that typically takes several years before completing the various stages of candidacy. It is a process of time and patience.
A candidate for ordination requires one year of UMC membership and admission to the program through the district superintendent. Candidacy requirements are one year of ministry service, be a certified candidate for one year, evaluations, completion of graduate-level theology training and undergoing several interviews.
Following that, a person is then commissioned as a provisional member and enters a residency program for two to 12 years to review their effectiveness as a minister. During this time the provisional member is assigned a church and reviewed by their local district superintendent, an assigned clergy mentor, a special committee of lay people from the local church, a regional board of other ministers and the normal personal committee of their church. After being recommended by all of these various bodies, boards, committees and persons, a provisional member must then be approved by a two-thirds majority vote of all the Methodist pastors in their Annual (regional) Conference.
Once ordained, the minister can perform all church rites and ceremonies and is guaranteed a pastorate of a congregation until retirement.
Rev. Eric Douglas began his pastorate of FUMC Mineral Wells on July 1, his third senior pastorate. His first was at First United Methodist Church of Bartlett, Texas. Following that he served as senior pastor of Dido United Methodist Church, a small country church in northwest Tarrant County.
Before coming to Mineral Wells, Rev. Douglas was associate pastor for First United Methodist Church in Waxahachie.
He is a graduate of Texas Wesleyan University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Religion, and Asbury Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree.
Rev. Douglas and his wife, Brittney, are the parents of daughters Kalea and Anastasia.

Welcome Hannah Newcomer

On Sunday, April 2, the church welcomed Hanna Newcomer as our new Director of Youth Ministries. Hanna is a current student at Tarleton State University.
She comes to FUMC Mineral Wells after having served on the staff of the Wesley Foundation as an intern. She also has experience filling various pulpits throughout our district. A meet-and-greet reception followed worship service this morning.
We look forward to the wonderful work and leadership through Christ Hannah will provide our youth and teens. She is pictured with Rev. Eric Douglas.

Church benches placed downtown

A project of the church’s Communications Team was to create downtown benches promoting and creating awareness for the church.
On Aug. 2, three benches were placed downtown, two on either side of Cole’s House of Flowers, and another across the street on East Hubbard Street, just down from Coy’s Barber Shop. Jason Nesmith made the high-quality metal bench frames and painted them. The Communications Team designed the graphics and Bobby Richards produced the colorful backings.
Bobby and Jason are pictured with church pastor Rev. Eric Douglas.
Thanks to Bobby and Jason for their work and creations. Very special thanks to Joy and Dwain Eaton, at Cole’s House of Flowers, and to Coy and building owner Ron Smith for allowing us to place the benches downtown.
Let us know if you notice and like them.