At Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, we believe that the collective impact of our individual actions matters. We’re helping create a thriving community – both inside and outside the walls of our church – of hope, belonging, and healing. Our new Servant Ministry series spotlights people within our parish who are volunteering their time to share the message of God’s love by feeding, clothing, and sheltering those in need. In our first spotlight, you will have the opportunity to know James Drummond better.
Name: James Drummond
Years with Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: 9
What does the Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal Church community mean to you?
The GSL community has welcomed me during this stop on my spiritual journey. I have cherished the friendships that I have formed through my involvement with the Outreach and Social Justice ministries as well as the Food Pantry. It has been inspiring to work with so many who want to make a positive difference in Memphis. For example, playing a small part in the house renovation project that Edith Heller lead was one of the high points of my time at GSL. The intimate worship I shared with others at the 5:30 PM service will always have a special place in my heart and soul as well.
The vision of Grace-St. Luke’s Parish is to be a thriving community of hope, belonging, and healing through worship, parish life, and service, and who rejoices in the love of Jesus to transform the world. How is Grace-St. Luke’s helping you to be a servant in the community? Why is this important to you?
GSL provided me with the opportunity to be both a follower and leader in efforts to remedy the poverty, hopelessness, racism, and irresponsibility that afflicts our community. Through our Outreach ministry, we not only provide financial support to organizations that serve those in need but we offer opportunities for GSL parishioners to volunteer their time and talent.
Interacting with those in need at the Food Pantry along with working alongside other GSL members of that ministry provided an enriching experience for me each month. The Social Justice ministry and MICAH (Memphis Interfaith Coalition for Action and Hope) are taking GSL into the more difficult realm of advocacy for institutional reform. I am blessed to have been able to participate.
What have you learned from your servant ministry work?
The most important lesson that I have taken from the GSL ministries that I served on is that forming cooperative relationships is the key to success. Fulfilling commitments, communicating openly, respecting the limits others place on their time, and avoiding unnecessary conflict promotes cooperation. It also helps to keep the procedures as simple as possible.
Why (or how) would you encourage other members of our parish to dedicate some of their time to Grace-St. Luke’s Servant Ministry partners?
Remember that it is easy to complain about the many problems in Memphis. Doing something to solve those problems is harder, but in the end, more rewarding.
To learn more about how you can volunteer your time, talents, and treasures to Grace-St. Luke’s Servant Ministry Partners click here.