SILVER SPRING - In a conference room of the Courtyard by Mariott hotel across the highway from the Seventh-day Adventist Church World Headquarters, TEAM (Time for Equality in Adventist Ministry) hosted the premiere of the new documentary film, "Called," for a small group of Adventist pastors and leaders last night.
The film screening corresponded with the North American Division (NAD) Year-end Meeting, coming close on the heels of an NAD Executive Committee voted statement in strong support of women in ministry, which said in part, "we wish to once again publicly affirm our unwavering support and steadfast intent to realize the full equality of women in ministry, in fulfillment of biblical principles, in the Seventh-day Adventist Church."
The "Called" film features four women who have answered the call to pastoral ministry, the stories of their becoming pastors, and the opposition they sometimes face. Rebecca Davis (pictured above) is a district pastor in Washington and Thomson, Georgia. Jessie Lopez is an associate pastor of the Atlanta North Seventh-day Adventist Church in Georgia. Heather Crews is a district pastor in Williamsburg, Virginia. Trudy Dunn is a district pastor in Moline and Galesburg, Illinois.
"Women who have been called by God face unending prejudice in many communities of faith," says the film's introductory statement. " 'Called' is a brief exploration into four faith communities' stories as they, for the first time, intersect with women pastors." The film was produced by Brillhart Media for TEAM with the support of many Seventh-day Adventist conferences and church members.
Jared Wright is Managing Editor of SpectrumMagazine.org.
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