Tahlequah Daily Press

February 26, 2013

FCC’s Jordan: Preaching’s the best part

Special Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Rev. Ann Jordan is drawn to pastoral care, and an opportunity to fulfill that role brought her to Tahlequah.

Growing up as a “PK” or  “preacher’s kid,” Jordan watched her father’s ministry and knew she was called to pastoral care.

At 12, she knew God had designs for her, but since she was raised in the Church of God in Christ tradition, Jordan said it took a while before she was certain of her call.

“After moving to the Christian Church, I found my purpose,” said Jordan. “I accepted the call into the ministry June 1998 at Pine Street Christian Church in Tulsa.”

Jordan has served congregations in Bethany Christian Church in Tulsa and Disciples Christian Church in Bartlesville, along with Pine Street Christian Church in Tulsa, and Second Christian Church in Muskogee.

After a stint as visiting minister and commuting from Tulsa starting in January 2011, Jordan was installed as pastor of Tahlequah’s First Christian Church on Nov. 4, 2012.

“I was drawn to this congregation by the spirit of the people,” Jordan said. “The members are like a family. They are brothers and sisters in Christ; they agree to disagree, yet they remain very closely connected.”

Preaching and visiting with church members and others are two of her favorite aspects of pastoring.

“I enjoy the fellowship and the opportunity to be a part of people’s lives as we grow together,” Jordan said.

Music is an important part of the worship service. The congregation uses Chalice Hymnals and some contemporary music, and enjoys special music by the choir and guest soloists.

“We are praying for the music ministry, that other musicians and singers will join with us in singing praises to our God,” Jordan said.

In June, FCC hopes to add Wednesday evening Bible Study from 6:30 to 7:30 , and other ministries as the church continues to grow with new members.

Members of the congregation help serve the Feed My Sheep weekly dinner, held at First United Methodist Church. They are also involved with the O Si Yo Men’s Shelter, and are CASA volunteers advocating for abused and neglected children in the court system.

Jordan is enrolled in the Doctorate of Ministry program at Phillips Theological Seminary, and received her Master of Divinity there. She graduated from Northeastern State University with her bachelor’s degree in 1980.

“My focus is on pastoral care and counseling; I’m on the final phase of the program, which is the project phase,” Jordan said.

Several people influenced her ministry, from her father’s preaching skills, which she called, “dynamic,” to Mady Frazier, a professor at Phillips; Cynthia Hale, founding pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church in Atlanta, Ga.; the late Max Morgan, pastor at Pine Street Christian Church; her prayer partner, Delores Guess, a member of the Pine Street Christian Church; and the current and first woman general minister and president of the Christian Church in the United States and Canada, Sharon Watkins, who was also pastor at Bartlesville.

Jordan is the single mother of five grown children: Alesia, who is deceased; and  sons LeRoy, Derrick, Tyrell and DeJon. She has eight grandchildren. The eldest, Shawnda, is deceased. Others include Rytisha, 22; Little LeRoy, 21; LaQuan, 19; Val, 17; Ty, 4; and Shante, 2. Her two great-grandchildren are Jalin, 2, and Cheyenne, 8 months.

Jordan is enjoying living in Tahlequah, and considers it very peaceful and quiet. Her son, Derrick, is living with her.

“Tahlequah has grown since the last time I lived here,” she said. “Derrick and I enjoy hunting for new places to eat. I have become a little laid-back with cooking at home. I think one would say I’ve become lazy about cooking at home, since we moved to Tahlequah in December.”

Jordan said Tahlequah now has a number of good restaurants.


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