Lexington, Ky. - At a call of the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church a coouncil from the churches of Lexington and vicinity assembled on Monday, FEb. 3, 1947, at 7:30 P. M. for the purpose of examining Brother Cecil Jones to the full work of the gospel ministry. The council was composed of Messrs. T. C. Ecton, E. N. Wilkinson, W. M. Nevins, Clarence Walker, Joe Carl, Grover Rupart, Clyde West, W. D. Hundley, J. W. Crisman, Squire Hall, Sam Denis, Raymond, Kays, Carl Chipley, Lloyd Mahanes and Ellis M. Ham.
T. C. Ecton became moderator and Ellis M. Ham the clerk. After the relation of the candidate's experience and a thorough qurestioning, the council recommended that the Ashland Avenue Church proceed with the ordination, to which they aceeded.
Pastor Clarence Walker took charge of the service and preached the ordination sermon based on I Peter 5:1-4.
Bro. Mahanes presented the Bible and delivered the charge.
Bro. Kays delivered the charge to the church.
The ordination prayer was led by Brother Carl, after which the brethren of the council laid hands upon the head of Brother Jones.
At the conclusion the newly ordained minister pronounced the benediction, after which the congregation came forward to shake hands with him.
[From the Western Recorder, Feb. 27, 1947, p. 7. From a microfilm document at the Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort, KY. Scanned and formatted by Jim Duvall.]
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