Cassville minister ordained

Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Special ceremony Andy Lambel, Cassville United Methodist Church minister, was ordained during a ceremony held at Juanita K. Hammons Hall For the Performing Arts in Springfield on June 9. Bishop Robert Schnase performed the ceremony.

Cassville United Methodist Church Minister Andy Lambel was ordained during the United Methodist Church's annual state conference, held at Juanita K. Hammons Hall For the Performing Arts in Springfield on June 9.

"It was pretty exciting and humbling at the same time," said Lambel. "I've been a minister for eight years. Being ordained is the culmination of all the work I have been doing until now."

Bishop Robert Schnase ordained a total of 17 ministers during the ceremony.

In order to be ordained, ministers must earn a degree from a seminary and meet service requirements in the ministry. Ministers must also serve as a commissioned elder for two years and complete paperwork that includes a series of questions.

Before ministers receive their recommendation for ordination they take part in an interview process conducted by a 30-member board. During the process, they are asked questions based on the answers they provided in their paperwork.

"I completed around 50 pages of paperwork and two worship videos for each interview," said Lambel.

Around 30 members of the Cassville United Methodist Chuch, including Lambel's wife, Jeanne, son, Allen, and daughter, Lisa, attended the ordination ceremony.

"One of the neatest things was that they have a youth choir that performs during the ceremony," said Lambel. "There are around 150 kids in the choir, and we had six kids from our church, including my Allen and Lisa, in the choir. It was very special to have my children singing during my ordination."

Lambel, who is originally from Woodward, Okla., began serving at the Cassville United Methodist Church in July of 2011.

Prior to being called to the ministry, Lambel worked as a golf professional for 16 years. From 1988 to 1993, he managed pro shops and operated golf courses in Oklahoma and Arkansas.

In July of 2004, Lambel began serving as pastor at Bell City United Methodist Church in Bell City and Sadler Chapel Church in Dexter. He served at the southeast Missouri churches for seven years.

Lambel has a degree in management from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and a master's degree in divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Willmore, Ky.

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