Recently Read: Once Tortured for His Faith, Sudanese Man Becomes UMC Licensed Pastor

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The Rev. Botrous Tutu, a newly licensed local pastor, receives his clergy robe from (left to right) Rev. John Gargis, Rev. Michael Sluder, and Rev. Charles Maynard during a June 11 ceremony.

By Annette Spence

ALCOA, Tenn. (June 20, 2016) — Botrous Tutu has been a preacher for many years — since the 1990s when he was tortured in Sudan for refusing to renounce his faith — and for the last four years, in a little church in Alcoa.

On June 11, 150 people came from three states to see Tutu put on a clergy robe and celebrate his official status as a licensed local pastor in the United Methodist Church.

Now, the Rev. Botrous Samuel Tutu, age 50, is under appointment to Green Meadow United Methodist Church, serving the Spring of Living Water community of worship, mission, and discipleship at the church.

“I’m so happy, because the Holy Spirit was moving when he gave me that stick,” Tutu said, referring to a highlight in the Saturday afternoon ceremony. “I’m going to be the leader of the people.”

Tutu actually received his license with 23 other local pastors during a June 7 ceremony at the Holston Annual Conference in Lake Junaluska, N.C. A special follow-up ceremony was planned June 11 to allow Tutu’s Alcoa congregation to celebrate along with South Sudanese friends from Atlanta, Memphis, Chattanooga, Nashville, and Harrisonburg, Va.

“We knew the worship service with the community, with everybody there, was going to be a meaningful moment, acknowledging that Botrous has pastoral authority,” said the Rev. Buzz Trexler, Green Meadow’s pastor. “This is the community he is serving, and obviously, they saw it as a hallmark moment in the church.”

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Tutu has scars on his body from the beatings, cuts and burns suffered while imprisoned in Sudan in the 1990s. A native of the Nuba Mountains, Tutu was arrested by extremists for preaching about Jesus and establishing Protestant churches in his war-torn nation.

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This story needs to be used in every UM pulpit. We pew sitters and those in our pulpits need to know that we are fat, lazy, coddled, and wallowing in our self-created pool is near uselessness. Buck-up buckoos its time to go to work!!! Thank you, Richard F Hicks, OKC

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