Dr. Kenneth P. Shiflet and Landmark Baptist Church of Elkins recently announced that Michael L. Cross was solemnly and publicly set apart and ordained to the work of the gospel ministry on May 20.
Ordination is recognition and confirmation of God's call upon an individual for ministry of the gospel and is an acknowledgment of a certain role within the body of Christ. It is a function of the local church. Because an ordained individual can influence and impact other churches, the ordination process can be a cooperative effort with affiliated churches. Involvement from other churches primarily takes place through representation and input at the ordination council.
Shiflet served as moderator for the ordination council and other members were Dr. James Sumpter, pastor emeritus of Landmark Baptist Church of Richmond, Va.; the Rev. Steve Mix of Kaysville Bible Church of Kaysville, Utah; and the Revs. Ron K. Davis and Don W. Hepler, assistant pastors at Landmark Baptist Church of Elkins.
Dr. Ken Shiflet presents the Rev. Michael Cross with his certification.
The ordination process consists of the candidate's preparation of a personal testimony and doctrinal statement and an examination session, which gives the council the opportunity for judging the God-given gifts, Christian experience, call to the ministry and views of Bible doctrine of the candidate.
Upon completion of the examination, which was open to the congregation, an ordination ceremony was conducted during the evening service at Landmark and a reception followed in the fellowship hall of the church.
Cross is a 2005 graduate of Elkins High School, a 2011 graduate of Appalachian Bible College and has been working as a pastoral intern and teen pastor at Landmark Baptist Church of Elkins since May 2011. He is the son of Ernie and Jackie Cross of Kerens. He and his wife, Lynnette, reside in Elkins.