Meet Our New Adult Discipleship Minister
Q & A with Fr. Greg Methvin and Sheryl Holton | May 15, 2019
Sheryl Holton is no stranger to our St. Philip’s family. Throughout our history, she has led through volunteer and staff positions at both our church and schools. In this Q&A Sheryl discusses her new role as Adult Discipleship Minister.
What are some of the different leadership roles you have played at St. Philips through the years?
My first role was as a member of the church planting team in 2001, where I provided leadership and vision to create our first children’s programming. We didn’t have a youth program at the time, so we got them involved as shepherds of small children’s groups. My husband Robert and I created and taught the first Confirmation program in the early years, and he kept teaching when I came on staff in 2007 as a part-time Children’s Ministry Coordinator, a role later expanded to full-time Student Ministries Director.
While on staff I also volunteered on the board of the preschool during its start-up and nascent years and led exploratory committees for founding the elementary school. In the spring of 2010, I worked in both Student Ministries and as the founding director of St. Philip’s Academy, retiring from the role of Headmaster in 2015.
I have served in pastoral care, led several Belize mission teams (forming partnerships for training teachers there), served in several worship ministries, led Bible studies, small groups and women’s retreats, and was a member of the preaching team.
You were recently commissioned as a Lay Catechist by our diocese. What is that exactly and how did you prepare for that role?
A catechist is simply a teacher of the faith. Throughout the history of the Anglican Church, people who have a gift and passion for teaching the faith have worked to prepare new Christians for Baptism and Confirmation. In our diocese catechists assist the clergy in the ongoing ministry of discipleship. They may also be assigned by the bishop to mission congregations until they are able to support a priest. Like a deacon, catechists may serve parishes without pay and report to the bishop while being supervised by the priest.
The Diocese of Dallas requires a catechist to earn a Diploma in Christian Ministry – Concentration in Catechesis. I started my preparation at St. Philip’s, took some seminary courses, then completed my training at the Stanton Center. My courses included the Old and New Testament, the Gospels, Church History, Evangelism, The Creeds, Ethics, Homiletics (preaching and writing sermons) and a few other courses related to the Christian Life.
As our new leader of Adult Discipleship, what future plans most excite you?
I am most excited about helping each member of St. Philip’s to know what a disciple is, to know where God is calling them to grow, and to take steps toward the future God has for them.