Ordaining three deacon candidates in one year is a bit unusual for a church our size. Our three new deacons, Deb, Shane, and Dan, join previously ordained Christian Henry and Nelson Hale as being elected by congregational vote in early September. Of these five, only Dan Crowley is home-grown, meaning that he was baptized here. While Nelson grew up in Madison, he was raised Episcopalian and came to our church through marrying Cathy. Christian grew up in Augusta; Deb grew up in Virginia; Shane grew up in Sparta and also came to our church through marrying Emily.