Evan Kohen Ordained And Sent Out To MinisterRickey Stokes
Posted by: RStokes
Date: Jan 15 2012 10:41 PM
HOUSTON COUNTY: As Pastor Jim Tate described it, the success of a church is often how many people it sends out rather than how many comes in.
What Rev. Tate is talking about is how many people the church sends to the field to lead others to Christ.
Tonight Memphis Baptist Church ordained Evan Kohen as a Minister of the Gospel.
Evan, the son of Bobby and Denise Kohen is a graduate of Ashford High School. Since his graduation he has attended Troy University.
Evan was raised at Memphis Baptist Church. Tonight he described his growing up as church was never an option. At times as growing up it required some parental encouragement through discipline, it was never an option in attending church. Sunday Morning, Sunday Evening, Wednesday and at other times.
At about age 13 Evan felt GOD was leading him to ministry as a vocation. Growing up, Evan’s parents were always in the choir. Often times Evan and his dad Bobby would sing duet’s together.
When Evan graduated and started attending Troy University, Antioch Baptist Church asked him to be a part time Minister of Music. After prayer Evan accepted that position.
A little more than one year ago Evan accepted a Minister of Music position with a church in Luverne Alabama. A church he served at until recently.
A close friend of Evan’s talked to him about joining Kingsley Baptist Church in Stark Florida. They wanted Evan to join the team as a student minister. The church is starting a contemporary service where he will lead the music and preach.
After much prayer from Evan, his family and friends he submitted a resume. The church reviewed the resumes, but had some concerns over Evan. Those concerns were his being single and his experience. But the search committee prayed and felt led to Evan.
The church decided to call Evan to Stark Florida to their church.
Tonight, Evan’s pastor of most all of his life, Rev. Ernest O’Neal, delivered the message of ordination. Then Brother O’Neal and Brother Jim Tate, and the membership of Memphis Baptist Church ordained Evan Kohen as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Evan gave credit to his parents, Bobby and Denise. Their example, their dedication to bringing him to church, along with his sister Kristie, has led him to where he is today. The people in the church who had a influence on him over the years. The two primary Minister of Music’s during his years of growing up at Memphis Baptist was Rev. Ronnie Turner and Rev. Seth Dunnington.
Evan is engaged to Elizabeth Griswald. They plan to be married this June.
Tonight Elizabeth was beside Evan while being ordained. To be a minister, you need the support of a Godly woman, who also has to be called to service. While the service was Evan being ordained, Elizabeth was a part of the ordination because she will play an important role and make a lot of sacrifices during her life with Evan.
They make a beautiful couple. We wish them well in the ministry and life of service.
Following the laying on hands by the ordained men of Memphis, Brother Jim called all members of the church to the front to join in together for prayer blessing the ministry of Evan and Elizabeth.
And with that, Memphis Baptist Church sends Evan Kohen to the field of service for the Glory of God the Father.