Rex Manasco receives local pastor license
by Mike Stonbraker, Northwest District Superintendent
July 19, 2009 was a very special day for Rex Manasco pastor of Halltown United Methodist Church. Rex is beginning his second year at Halltown. The church has been both an honor and pleasure for Rex and his new bride Carla. However, physically it has been a real challenge since the very beginning of his ministry at Halltown.
On March 25, 2008 Rex was diagnosed with Leukemia. Chemotherapy and extended stays in the hospital became part of his daily schedule. “The people at Halltown have been wonderful to me. The first few months of 08’ I spent several weeks in and out of the hospital and they worked with me in every way possible…they have been great!”
In the fall of 2008 Rex’s health improved and his Leukemia went into remission. “Rex is doing an outstanding job at Halltown, Mike Stonbraker the Northwest District Superintendent said, “Rex has the proper credentials from another denomination and plans were made to begin the process to have Rex licensed and his credentials transferred in to our annual conference.”
However the Leukemia had other plans. It returned in late May of 2009 and Rex is facing some very serious decisions. The prognosis is not encouraging and everyday has become important for Rex.
Rex informed Mike about his health and his concern about the future. Bishop Willimon contacted Rex and asked him what he (the Bishop, and the conference) could do for him and his family. “Help me get my license because I want to die a United Methodist pastor,” was Rex’s response.
Immediately Bishop Willimon and Mike Stonbraker responded.
“It was amazing to see how our conference worked together as a team to make this happen. Don Neal worked with me and the process was put into motion. From the district executive committee, Bill Brunson and the conference executive committee, the staff in our district office, and the cabinet members, everyone saw this through to completion,” says Stonbraker.
Because of paragraphs 315.5 and 317 of the 2008 United Methodist Book of Discipline Rex Manasco has been received into our annual conference as a Licensed Local Pastor and is now appointed as an interim Part-Time Local Pastor.
“This is truly amazing” Rex said. “I want to thank Bishop Willimon, Mike Stonbraker and his staff, the executive committees of the Board of Ordained Ministry, the cabinet members, and especially Don Neal and Bill Brunson. I am just overwhelmed right now.”
With the help from his church family, on Sunday, July 19 Mike and Jane Stonbraker along with WG and Diane Henry surprised Rex at his morning worship service and presented him with his license. A fine lunch had been planned by his church family. Rex had planned a church canoe trip the same afternoon and was upset that he did not have on a coat and tie. “You might know that Mike would show up when I am dressed like this” he said. “It was a grand morning.”
Stonbraker adds, “One I will never forget. So many people worked so hard to make this happen, great team work by a great conference. To God be the glory.”