This post was shared with us by Deaconess Ashley Prothro, serving as a Globally Engaged in Outreach (GEO) Missionary in the United Kingdom. Deaconess Ashley will be working with Eurasia Communications by being deployed to Westfield House and Resurrection Lutheran Church where she will assist them in their communication efforts, as well as other duties. Read more about Deaconess Ashley’s international Commissioning here!
On the morning of Sunday, December 1, 2013, we celebrated my commissioning as a deaconess in the LCMS and my installation as a missionary deployed to Westfield House during the Divine Service. Rev. Dr. Jonathan Mumme officiated the rite, and was assisted by Dr. Joel Humann, interim preceptor at Westfield House, as lector during the rite. Seminarian Jean Rajaonasay from Madagascar held the agenda book during the rite.
Concordia Deaconess Conference (CDC) President Deaconess Cheryl Naumann was on site to induct me as a full member of the Concordia Deaconess Conference and affixed my CDC pin to the lapel of my suit, as well as taking the opportunity to instruct the congregation, and remind me, of the role of deaconess as an office auxiliary to the Office of the Holy Ministry, with the goal of always pointing the Lord’s people to Word and Sacrament.
Following the Service, there was a cake and bubbly reception to celebrate the beginning of my deaconess service.
I will be serving at Westfield House, helping catalogue the library, and help students with its use, facilitating Westfield House communications (working on the website, Facebook page, and communications with students, alumni, and donors), and helping the Principal, Deaconess Cyndy Lumley, as she works to develop a diaconal training program at Westfield House. I will also have the opportunity to serve as a mentor to the female students at Westfield and help lead ladies’ ministry activities.
I graduated with my B.S. in Insect Biology from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln in 2007. I then spent just over two years as a GEO missionary in the Czech Republic. I returned to the US to undergo deaconess formation in St. Louis, and graduated with my M.A. in Systematic Theology and my deaconess certificate in May of 2013.
My husband Jim has his bachelor’s degree from Concordia University in Texas. He then went to Concordia Seminary for an M.Div. and concurrently obtained his M.A. in Classics from Washington University in St. Louis. He completed the M.Div. in May 2012 and the M.A. in 2013.
We were married on September 29, 2012, near the beginning of my deaconess internship. I interned at Laclede Groves, a Lutheran Senior Services (LCMS Recognized Service Organization) continuing care retirement community in Webster Groves (in St. Louis) Missouri. During my internship, I completed four ten-week units of nationally accredited chaplaincy training, called Clinical Pastoral Education.
In Cambridge, Jim is working on his Ph.D. in Divinity, writing his dissertation on the connection between initial and final justification in the theology of the Apostle Paul. I began working in my new position on December 2.
- Consider giving a gift to support Deaconess Ashley’s work in the UK. Give online! Or you can make a donation towards this missionary’s ministry by check.
Mail your check, made payable to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and designated with Deaconess Ashley Prothro’s last name (Prothro) in the memo line to:The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
P.O. Box 790089
St. Louis, MO 63179-0089(Or call 888-930-4438 to speak with someone)
- Pray for Deaconess Ashley as she begins her new call as a Deaconess.
- Give thanks for Ashley’s call and commissioning.
- If you are interested in serving as a GEO missionary, you can learn more here.