As of June 2, 2007, Andy Bryan is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, and a full member of the Missouri Annual Conference!
I honestly cannot describe the power, emotion, energy, passion, and depth of that evening. I will write more about it later. For now, suffice it to say that it was one of the absolute highlights of my life, just after my wedding day and the birthdays of my children. Surrounded by my family, 40 members of my church who made the trek from North Kansas City to Springfield, dear friends, colleagues of the conference ... wow. Tears started up as soon as I knelt. The hands of my grandfather, my father, Bishops Schnase and Palmer, Reverends Sarah Evans and Steve Campbell laid on my head were heavy - literally and figuratively. Reverend Barry Freese said, as I stood before him to receive the stole, "Here it comes!" And I was ordained.
I'll write more about it, I'm sure, but for now about all I can muster is ... wow.