Please join us in welcoming the Rev. Babs Miller to Minister of Word and Sacrament (Teaching Elder) having been ordained Sunday afternoon at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas! After 24 years of waiting for the denomination to move forward in ordaining folks who are LGBTQ to ministry – today, Babs said “Yes!” to a denomination that could no longer say “No!” What a wonderful celebration for us all!
The ordination of The Rev. Ms. Layton E. Williams reminded us – again – of this “Yes-saying God” of ours that John Russell-Stanger lifted up in his powerful comments at Layton’s ordination.
I heard the message again, “Yes!” from Rev. Jim Rigby at the 8:15 morning worship at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Austin. And, again at a 10 a.m. service from Rev. Dr. Kyle Walker at Faith Presbyterian Church in South Austin. “Yes!”
God’s Yes! surrounds us!
And with this afternoon’s worship of Babs Miller – after 24 years of waiting for a denomination that would call her and her gifts – the “Yes!” will be especially sweet!
More to come, and in the meantime visit our gallery at to see more pictures of Layton’s celebration. Yes!
Many of us are gathered this weekend for the ordination of two amazing women who have been called to serve as Teaching Elders in the Presbyterian Church.
On Saturday, Layton Williams will be ordained at 2 PM at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin, TX. Layton is currently serving as pastoral resident at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago, IL.
On Sunday, Babs Miller will be ordained at 3 PM at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, also in Austin, TX. Babs will continue to serve in her ministry as hospital chaplain.
We are truly blessed to be witnesses to these calls being sustained and celebrated. Join us in prayers for all those who serve in this church and faith communities everywhere. God knows we need those prayers…and God knew we needed these two faithful friends to serve in the ways they are called.
Ray Bagnuolo, Chaplain and Advocate
That All May Freely Serve