The Bulgaria Free Methodist Church reached another milestone on November 17 – the ordination of its first two national elders. Rev. David Carr, representing Bishop David Roller, led the ordination service of Pastor Lubcho (from Kyustendil) and Steven Bonov (from Petrich). Rev. Carr is the senior pastor of Renewal Christian Centre, Solihull (UK) and Bulgaria Overseer. The two new elders, along with missionaries Al Mellinger and Chance Galloway, make up the Board of Administration for the new Free Methodist denomination in Bulgaria. This group will develop and oversee the growth and expansion of FM work in Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia.
The future is bright for the growth of the FMC in Bulgaria. In addition to these new elders, six ministerial candidates are in formation and under supervision, moving toward ordination. The next group of church planters, which will soon begin training, will also increase the number of possible future leaders.