“Joyfully Chosen, Joyfully Appointed” was the sermon title and the spirit of Jill Schmidt Weaver’s ordination service on April 15 at Whitestone Mennonite Church, Hesston, KS. Jill and her father, retired pastor Steve Schmidt, shared the sermon reflecting on ways that God calls persons to ministry in the Bible and today. After years of teaching elementary school, Jill was called by the Whitestone Mennonite Church to serve as Associate Visitation Pastor in 2012. She was mentored by pastors, Peter Hartman and Kurt Horst. She took classes at AMBS Great Plains and graduated from Souljourners, a three-year program for Spiritual Directors at the Benedictine Monastery in Atchison, Kansas. In November 2017, Jill began working as half-time Chaplain of Independent Living at Schowalter Villa in Hesston.
-Clarence Rempel, Regional Conference Minister