DOVER — Joe Denner of the Dover Bible Church will be ordained during a special service at 6 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the church.
Rev. Jon Rich, from the Christian and Missionary Alliance, will lead the ordination service, with a dessert and fellowship time to follow the service.
Denner, his wife Andrea, and their nine children have been at the Dover Bible Church for nearly four years. He served as an interim pastor at the Westmont Alliance Church before coming to Dover.
Denner began his education at the University of Illinois where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1990. For his ordination, he received his license by the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 2005. Denner completed the Christian and Missionary Alliance ordination process by reading 14 books and writing book summaries. He also had to write six, 10-page doctrinal position papers, complete 40-50 hours of an online course, and take a seven and one-half hour final written exam. Denner was then interviewed by the five-member board of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Licensing and Ordination Committee.
Denner said he decided to join the ministry because God has called him to serve His people by teaching them His Word and by providing spiritual care and leadership. When asked what he likes about being a minister, Denner said he enjoys studying and teaching the Bible and assisting people in growing in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
The ordination is the culmination of all the years Denner has worked for this distinction. The public is invited to join the congregation at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Dover Bible Church as Denner is formally recognized as an ordained minister.