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The Right Rev. Dereck LS Jones, bishop of the Special Jurisdiction of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy will ordain Lawrence Hamilton McElrath to the Sacred Order of Priests in Christ's One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church on May 27 at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 55 Atterbury Blvd. in Hudson.
"Holy Trinity is excited about the advent of its first curate, the Rev. Lawrence McElrath and his wife, Megan," said the Rev. Joseph Boysel, the parish's rector, "Lawrence will be serving in his first cure beginning in May 2017. Lawrence is currently finishing his course work for a master of divinity degree at Nashota House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin."
Boysel said an anonymous donation enabled the parish to design a curacy program that allows it to take on a priest for a finite period of time. A curate, in the Anglican tradition, is an assistant priest, normally in a first assignment, who serves the church for a few years to bridge his transition from seminary to parish ministry, he said.
The job of the curate, under Holy Trinity's plan, would be to focus on the pastoral care of the younger generations while also being able to serve all the people as an assistant priest.
McElrath is a graduate of Woodridge High School in Cuyahoga Falls and Malone University in Canton. He is a member of the U.S. Army Reserves (as a chaplain-in-training) and an ordained Anglican deacon. He is the son of Tracey Mobley of Cuyahoga Falls.
His twin brother, Lambert H. McElrath II, is also in the Army.