DOWNEY - In front of a standing room only audience, Annica Terrones was ordained into the ministry in the church of Jesus Christ on Sunday, and installed as Associate Pastor for Latino Ministries with Downey Memorial Christian Church.Assisting with the ordination was the Central Association of the Southern California Nevada Conference of the United Church of Christ. The ceremony included traditional hymns and liturgy, a sermon in two languages and music in three languages, reflecting Terrones's fluency in English, Spanish and Swedish. Sunday's ceremony was also the last for senior pastor Dr. Robert Kurrasch, who has retired. Terrones will spearhead New Beginnings, a dedicated effort to reach out to the younger generations in the Downey area. "Annica is uniquely talented and prepared for this new ministry," Kurrasch said. "We Disciples describe ourselves as a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world, and Annica stands at the forefront of a new generation of leadership bringing renewed hope to a world very much in need of healing at all levels." Terrones was born in and grew up in Sweden. She, her husband and two daughters worked in Christian ministries in Sweden and Peru before moving to California in 2002. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, and has more than 10 years experience leading youth groups, counseling, leadership training and community outreach. Residents interested in New Beginnings are welcome to a meeting. The ministry meets every Friday at 7 p.m. at Downey Memorial Christian Church, 8441 E. Florence Ave. All ages are welcome.
********** Published: February 5, 2010 - Volume 8 - Issue 42