April 27, 2012

Meet our future deacons

Bradley AndersonBradley Anderson

Who are the important role models in your life of faith?

Jesus Christ, my pastors, both past and present, my wife and the elders of my family that came before me.

What are your favorite Scripture verses, prayers and devotions?

My favorite Scripture verse is John 1:3-4: “All things came to be through him, and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race.”

My favorite saint is St. Paul. I admire his spunk and his perseverance in faith. He molded his whole person in a fashion that served Christ faithfully. My favorite prayer is the Our Father. My favorite devotion is a tossup between Liturgy of the Hours and Lectio Divina.

Deacons often minister to others in the workplace. How have you experienced that already, and what do you anticipate doing in the future?

My faith and my ministry go where I go. I have noticed far more occurrences of people seeking me out as an adviser regarding serious trials they are facing. I do not know if the opportunities are increasing or if I am simply more aware of them. Despite the best efforts of our culture to drive matters involving God from the public square, our hearts and the hearts of people we meet are naturally called to God. This is a reality that I welcome and celebrate.

Why do you feel that God is calling you to become a deacon?

I do not know why God called me to this ministry, but I am sure glad he did! I can only assume that he has a function in mind for me. My responsibility is to be open to the call of the Holy Spirit and to function as a capable tool that God can use.

How will being ordained a deacon have an impact on your life and family?

I have been blessed with a loving and supportive family who are behind me 100 percent. They too live lives dedicated to Christian service. My love of Christ is no greater than theirs. We see this as one more step in our joined spiritual journey.

 

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