By Paul Struck, Editor
Thanks to hard work and an enviable devotion to the task at hand, this Sunday former Cherokean Nathan Lamb will realize a career dream to work for the Lord he's had since age 9.
In ceremonies at 3 p.m. Sunday, in the Cherokee Memorial Presbyterian Church, Lamb will be ordained as minister, fulfilling that dream he has held onto firmly for the past 19 years.
There will be a full worship service conducted by former Memorial Presbyterian Church Pastor Ray Kruger (now retired), followed by the ordination vows and a question/answer period for Pastor Lamb conducted by participating Elders and Ministers of the Presbytery of Prospect Hill.
Pastor Lamb's special day is open to the public, with a reception to follow in the church basement.
A 1996 graduate of Cherokee Washington High, Lamb continued his education with a double major in History and Religion at Northwestern College in Orange City. While charting his course, he spent one semester at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb., before enrolling in the four-year pastoral program at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Va.
He graduated earlier this year with a Masters in Divinity and a Masters of Arts.
Lamb currently serves as Associate Pastor and Director of Christian Education at the Grace Presbyterian Church in Spring Hill, Fla. under the Tampa Bay, Fla. Presbytery, the calling he accepted on September 18, 2005.
His focus in Florida is on preaching, visitation, and Christian Education work.
Ironically, Lamb is the first church member in history to be ordained in the Cherokee Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Ultimately, Pastor Lamb would like to preach in a small church ministry somewhere. He also entertains thoughts of returning to school to do graduate work in Church History and, possibly, get his PhD.
"I think I have the heart for small church ministry," said the 28-year-old Lamb during a recent interview in Cherokee. "It's nice to be young, single and have flexibility. I really like Florida, except for their occasional hurricane," laughed the son of Mary Jo Ruppert of Cherokee, and Ron Lamb of Firestone, Colo. "I also miss the fall season."
Nathan has two sisters, including Sara Lamb, age 26, Youth Director with the First United Presbyterian Church in Winterset; and Breanna Lamb, age eight, in Greeley, Colo.
Lamb heaped praise on Pastor Kruger, who will conduct his ordination Sunday.
"He's encouraged me, supported me, and has been a wonderful role model since I was little," said Lamb.
"Being ordained in Cherokee by Pastor Kruger is very special to me. It's wonderful to be able to share with the people who helped me get to where I am today, including my family who will be in attendance. I'm very blessed."