American Bishop delivers Celebration Chapel message
March 19, 2021

Rydal Penrhos’ latest Celebration Chapel message came from a retired American Bishop.

Reverend Nick Sissons, who is Rydal Penrhos’ incredible Chaplain, has enlisted the assistance of plenty of high-profile figures for his Celebration Chapel services during the last 12 months, which have been held in virtual format due to ongoing restrictions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

This has enhanced the structure of a school day despite the uncertain times, keeping some semblance of normality for those pupils on-site and learning from the comfort of their own homes.

Although the school is getting every year group back on Monday 22 March for the first time this year thanks to the Welsh Government‘s decision to relax measures, the school will still be holding assemblies and chapels virtually to comply with social distancing regulations.

Rev’d Sissons has been at the forefront of this initiative and this week’s edition of Celebration Chapel features Kenneth Lee Carder, a retired American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1992.

Bishop Carder distinguished himself as a Pastor, a member of Annual Conference and General U.M, in addition to being a successful author.

The respected figure graduated with honors from East Tennessee State University in 1962, and from Wesley Theological Seminary in 1965. In 1980 he earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School.

He was ordained Deacon in 1963 and later ordained Elder in 1965, before Bishop Carder pastored churches in Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia.

Bishop Carder helped initiate an ongoing dialogue between scientists and theologians. He continues an interest in science/technology and theology/ethics and has chaired the Task Force on Genetic Science, which presented its report to the 1992 U.M. General Conference.

In addition to dialogue between science and theology, Bishop Carder has special concern for prison ministries, racial justice, and ministry with the poor and marginalized.

Bishop Carder was elected to the Episcopacy in 1992 by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference of the U.M. Church. At the time he was the Pastor of the Church Street U.M.C. in Knoxville.

He was assigned to the Nashville Episcopal Area before moving to the Mississippi Area in 2000 where Bishop Carder served until retiring in 2004 and joining the faculty of Duke University Divinity School.

Currently, Bishop Carder serves as the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry Duke Divinity School, which is situated in North Carolina.

He is the author of five books and numerous articles

On behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos, we would like to thank Bishop Carder for giving up his time to support our Celebration Chapel.


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