Dean Brown Albritton
|Dean is a gifted Bible teacher who delights in sharing lessons she has learned from God's Word. She resides with her husband Walter at their home on Leigh Lane near Wetumpka, Alabama.
Dean grew up in Wetumpka, Alabama, graduating from Wetumpka High School in 1950. She was born in Elmore County near Titus, Alabama, on June 4, 1932. Since her marriage to Walter Albritton on June 1, 1952, her ministry has been that of homemaker, companion, counselor, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and fellow servant of Jesus Christ.
Dean attended the First Baptist Church in Wetumpka where she was baptized at age 12. She found new life in Christ through the ministry of E. Stanley Jones during an Ashram in 1960, near Silver Springs, Florida. Since then the Bible has been Dean's favorite book, although she loves to read historical novels and mysteries.
Enriched by her persistent study of the Bible, and inspired by the teaching of her friend Estelle Carver, Dean became a gifted teacher of the holy scriptures. Out of the pain and joy of her own life, she is able to relate the promises of God to the ordinary experiences of living.
Poetry has been a delightful outlet for Dean to express her rich insights about life. In her book, Misplaced Heart, she shared some of her spiritual discoveries in poetry and prose. Many of her enjoyable poems are woven into the inspiring story of her journey of faith. Readers easily identify with her as they laugh and cry or admire her courage.
Mother of five sons, 12 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren, Dean is a frequent speaker in retreats, family life conferences, and women's groups. She enjoys painting, reading, and traveling with her husband. Her deep commitment to the missions was inspired by her visits to missionary work of the United Methodist Church in 26 countries. She has served on Mission Work Teams in Mexico and Costa Rica.
Dean's story is that of a woman who moved from fear to faith, from sadness to joy, from emptiness to meaning, from study to service. Always active in her church and community, Dean has participated in the work of United Methodist Women and in ministries to the poor. Currently she and Walter attend St. James United Methodist Church in Montgomery, AL., where Walter serves as Pastor of Congregatinal Care.
Dean and Walter now live in Elmore County, 10 miles south of Wetumpka, AL. Their address is 289 Leigh Lane, Wetumpka, AL 36093.
Her e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Our Reason For Being
Over the last two years we have tried to answer the question, "What is Christian ministry?" There have been hours of seeking to find out what great servants of God have said about their particular ministries. Perhaps one of the best statements came from Elton Trueblood:
"IF YOU ARE A CHRISTIAN, YOU ARE A MINISTER. THIS PROPOSITION IS ABSOLUTELY BASIC TO ANY CONTEMPORARY UNDERSTANDING OF THE CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT. A NONMINISTERING CHRISTIAN IS A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS. THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS NOT MADE UP OF SPECTATORS LISTENING TO PROFESSIONALS, AND IT IS NOT FOR INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PRIMARILY SEEKING TO SAVE THEIR OWN SOULS. IT IS NECESSARILY MADE UP OF PERSONS WHO ARE CALLED TO SERVE AS REPRESENTATIVES OF CHRIST IN THE WORLD, AND TO SERVE MEANS TO MINISTER. THE MINISTRY IS INTRINSIC TO THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. THE MINISTRY IS NOT SOMETHING ADDED OR A MEANS TO AN END; IT IS CENTRAL AND INERADICABLE." -- D. ELTON TRUEBLOOD
Our goal was to seek out those who are in need and hurting so that we could be in ministry to them. Then we began to see that we are all in need, either from lack of physical bread or from lack of spiritual BREAD. Outreach without inreach leads to futility. Rieger, Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at Perkins School of Theology, said, " The greatest challenge of the 21st century is what use we make of Spiritual Power."
Through tears we watched a movie about the life of Mother Teresa. She said, "We can't all do great things, but we can all do little things with great love." This love can be ours as we open our lives to Christ. This love can take ordinary people and help them do extraordinary things for Christ.
"And He hath said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee. For my power is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weakness, that the power of Christ rest upon me." (II Cor. 12:9)
Every Christian needs to spend time pondering the question, "What is Christian ministry?" The place we turned for an answer was The Bible.
Our prayer for our group was, "Lord, we will change anything you want us to change if you will show us the way and give us the strength."
We hear God speaking in the stirring words of Ronald J. Sider, president of Evangelicals for Social Action and author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger:
"Generous Christians will live what they speak. They will joyfully follow the biblical call to love God and the poor with more than possessions. And their generosity will glorify God and transform the world."