What unites these men? Their passion and willingness to serve God and others in a way they believe God has called men like them to do so. Every one of them have different talents and duties, but the common thread in their answers of why they do it indicate their dedication for service.
By Biblical example, deacons are called to be hands-on and willing to do the dirty work for which only a few are cut out. Philip Brown exemplifies this concept. An expert in environmental units and ventilation, Philip does not mind getting his hands dirty. You will often see him taking care of the technical aspects that keep our building comfortable and even up to code. You will also see him running around on Sunday morning to organize leaders and participants for the worship service, effectively seeing to it we start on time and with the right amount of people needed to ensure the service runs smoothly. A man with a great sense of humor and practicality, it could be argued Philip is the most unsung deacon Millersville has, yet one whose importance cannot be undervalued.
When Brent Fuqua was asked to serve as a deacon, he considered it to be a high honor to be of service to God and the Church. This is his continual motivation to serve and it has not failed him yet. In his own words, he feels he is doing OK because the elders have not taken the job away from him yet! Brent maintains the monthly duty roster for all those who take active roles in the worship service and sees to it their strengths are put to good use. If you look at the men who serve on the Lord’s Table and word the public prayers, Brent arranges it. One of our outstanding song leaders, he also heads up the song leader rotation. Having these responsibilities has given Brent great perspective on the different gifts God has given His servants and he loves the challenge of seeing to it the public worship is uplifting as a result.
It is only too often that the most important jobs are also considered the least glamorous. But that is all right, considering Jesus had no glamour in His day either. The work Mike Webb is responsible for is neither glamorous nor given frequent praise, but it gives our congregation the most important opportunity in the whole world. Mike has diligently kept up the baptistry so those who want to give their lives to Christ have easy access to make it happen. When you hear Mike make prayers during our worship services, you realize he knows what is important. It is truly refreshing to have men whose actions as deacons accompany their words. Mike is one of those men.
Hebrews 4:12 reads, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Our latest deacon is no stranger to being active. Besides being a full time business owner, knowing Andy Yant personally is to wonder when or if he gets adequate sleep. When you talk to him, he is always filling you in on the latest personal or church project he is undertaking or inviting you to join him for some activity sure to test your physical composition. All of these things together represent why Andy is sure to be a success as a deacon at Millersville. All of our deacons know the value of a good sweat and Andy is certainly no exception.