Houston Berean Celebrates Deacons and Deaconess Day
HOUSTON – The Houston Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church celebrated Deacons and Deaconess Day, under the leadership and guidance of Claudia Lewis.
The twenty-first century deaconess and deacons reflect the biblical, Jesus Christ model of a servant ministry. There were female deacons in the first century Christian church, as well as male deacons. The biblical account of the selection of the deacons in the first century Christian church is recorded in Acts 6:1-8, Stephen, Phillip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas and Nicholas and Stephen, full of faith and the Holy Ghost. As we trace the root of the office of deacons, we find that the reason they came into existence was to serve and share the responsibility of the work. The primary function of the first century deacons was to solve problems that arose within the Church. The deacons were not simply ordinary men; they had to be men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom to look beyond the symptoms to see the real issues, then bring about solutions.
Through Bible studies with Joyce Mason and seminars on Daniel and Revelation, Claudia Lewis, a new Seventh-day Adventist, found the biblical truth she sought at the Houston Berean church. Upon experiencing this overwhelming desire to join, she prayed and asked the Lord to show her if she should. His answer was clear, and the Lord gave her five key offices in the church: church clerk, head deaconess, women’s ministries leader, assistant director of community services and communication director to prove to her this is where she should be. She accepted and has been a member for 26 years.
By Claudia Lewis