Jerry Askew - Father, Husband, Healer, Guide, and soon...Deacon
Several years ago Jerry Askew heard Mary Lee Bergeron speak about St. John’s Healing Ministry during a Sunday school class. Mary Lee later invited Anne Sprouse and Jerry Askew to be part of the healing ministry as lay leaders…then in August of 2005 Jerry Askew preached his first homily at St. John’s at the Thursday Healing Service. Thus began a spiritual journey. Jerry was considering ordination. He spent many months praying, contemplating, and talking with his family and clergy. Finally his wife Robyn sent him on retreat to an Episcopal monastery where, with further prayer and contemplation, Jerry found his four-part calling as father, husband, healer, and guide. “I was called to be a better dad, the man my wife thinks that I am, to grow where I’m planted, and to walk with men who need spiritual companionship.” Jerry had trained as a Spiritual Director and now works with 12 men walking with them through their spiritual journeys. He also continues serving in the healing ministry at St. John’s and facilities a book group at Volunteer Ministry Center called the Minvilla Literary Society. So, what about the priesthood? Well, the calling of a Deacon is to be a prophetic voice of the poor to the church, determining their needs, spiritually and financially, and bringing those needs to the church – and that is what Jerry has been called to. How does one become a Deacon? Once the discernment process is over, there is a 2-year training through Sewanee, taught by seminary faculty. At the end of the 2 years, and upon passing the ordination exams, Jerry Askew will be Ordained to the Deaconate in February, 2016.