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A journey for knowledge

Lay minister helps congregation grow

Kitara Lagony got off a cross-country flight last year in Pennsylvania, knowing no one there or what awaited him. But he knew many members of his community were counting on him to learn ways to help them grow, both in numbers and in spirituality.

Kitara Lagony speaks during the graduation
Kitara Lagony speaks during the graduation cermony of the Crossroads program for lay ministry. He uses the information he learned to help grow the African ministry at Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, San Diego.

The Ugandan-born Lagony, now a member of Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, San Diego, had been chosen to attend the Crossroads program for lay ministry at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa.

Richard W. Vevia, pastor of Calvary, recalled how Lagony's journey began last summer when the congregation started a weekly worship service in Swahili.

"The first service was attended by more than 70 worshipers, many of them children," Vevia said. "In exploring possibilities for developing leadership, I got in touch with Dr. Fred Lehr, an ELCA pastor and director of the New Church Strategy Committee of the Moravian Church Northern Province."


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