Local Methodist pastor earns dual certifications PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 June 2013 08:51
Pastor Jeff Ridenour (Photo provided)
Rev. Jeffrey L. Ridenour was recognized for meeting the standards for professional certification in two specialized areas of ministry within The United Methodist Church, and says he is now "privileged to assume the title of certified in Older Adult Ministry as well as Camp/Retreat Ministry within The United Methodist Church."
He was presented before the 2013 session of the West Ohio Conference and received the certificates from Bishop Gregory V. Palmer on behalf of the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church.
Ridenour, pastor of both Bloomdale Trinity and Bradner United Methodist Churches, was presented before the body of nearly 2,200 pastors and lay people as part of the Board of Ordained Ministry Report. Rev. Sandy Huber, Chair, Division of Deacons recognized Ridenour for achieving a new level of certification.
In recognizing him, Huber said, "This year, Rev. Jeffrey Ridenour has completed the required standards and received professional certification in not one, but two areas of specialized ministry, Camp/Retreat Ministry and Older Adult Ministry.
Professional certification is the United Methodist Church's recognition that an individual, either lay or clergy, has been called, made a commitment to serve and has fulfilled the required standards for academic training, experience, and commitment to continuing education to serve with excellence in an area of specialized ministry."
Ridenour, originally from Lima, finished his undergraduate degree at Bowling Green State University and has served in not only local church settings but also beyond the local church as a resource for Older Adult Ministries in Northwest Ohio and as a professional leader of Camps and Retreats in Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota and New York.
His first "parish" was at Wood County Nursing Home (now Wood Haven Health Care), as a part a student ministry team from Active Christians Today.
Ridenour said, "Certification at this level in ministry helps people to understand that the church takes being a Christian and a professional seriously. It's about putting the words of Jesus into action in a variety of real life settings. With the Older Adult Ministry certification, the focus is on resourcing churches to assess and meet the needs of those from the Greatest Generation and those at the leading edge of Aging Baby Boomers."
Adding, "Within Christian camps and retreats, the focus is resourcing leaders to invite persons and groups to sacred settings typically within the natural world where God can speak to their hearts through creation. It also might mean taking elements of the natural world to them."
More information on these ministries or certification within The United Methodist Church can be obtained by contacting Ridenour at (419) 454-3862, or by visiting the website for professional certification at http://www.gbhem.org/ministry/professional-certification
Last Updated on Friday, 14 June 2013 09:07

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