SWU alumni ordained by Wesleyan Church

August 13, 2014

CENTRAL – Three Southern Wesleyan University alumni were ordained into the ministry by The Wesleyan Church.

Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, general superintendent of The Wesleyan Church, laid hands on the new ministers July 12, dedicating them to Christian ministry during the service, held at ALIVE Wesleyan Church in Central.

Ordained were Joy Bryant, a 1992 graduate, the university’s executive director of alumni and constituent relations and a member of Pickens View Wesleyan Church; Justin Donnahoo, a 2009 graduate and associate pastor at Providence Wesleyan Church in Summerville; and Michelle DeRossett, also a 2009 graduate and children’s pastor at Smith Chapel Wesleyan Church in Liberty.

The Rev. Lewis Edwards, pastor of Pickens View Wesleyan Church, described Bryant as someone who is deeply committed to the call of God on her life.

“She and her husband, Robin, have a sincere desire to serve the Lord wherever He leads. Joy loves the Lord, her family, the church and SWU with all her heart,” Edwards said.

The Rev. Scott Uselman, pastor of Smith Chapel Wesleyan Church, credits DeRossett with growing a children’s ministry in a small rural church “basically from scratch,” reaching out to youngsters with and without a church background.

“When you have nine kids at small church like mine on a Sunday morning, you can be sure she’s doing something right,” said Uselman. “She’s always positive. She’s a self-starter.”

The Rev. Tony Casey is impressed by Donnahoo’s tenacity in facing challenges from the time he felt God’s calling into ministry. He has played a role in launching a new Wesleyan Church serving the Charleston area.

“Two years ago he put his face to the wind and said this is God’s will for my life and I will push forward,” said Casey, adding that Donnahoo and his wife Dee spend time ministering to kids in their neighborhood, some of whom are in challenging situations.