Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at St. Luke in Oklahoma City is a date that will forever be burned into the memory of one man and his family. 

Rev. Thomas William Corrigan II was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist church by the bishop and board of ordained ministry in the presence of not only friends and family but God. 

Until that moment, Corrigan, who is the Associate Pastor of Grove's First United Methodist Church, often referred to himself as a "fancy layperson."

He first arrived at FUMC two years ago during the first week of "Youth Force," an event hosted in past years by FUMC which teaches young adults to repair broken down homes and properties belonging to disabled, elderly and veterans.

Corrigan's smiling face can be seen at nearly all of the events connected to the Methodist church, lending a helping hand, teaching services or warmly greeting those he meets.

Corrigan's personal journey to becoming an ordained Elder has taken him 15 years, and serving a number of church families before coming to Grove.

"Everyone's walk is a little different," said Corrigan. 

Thirty members of the church's congregation, including the current Senior Pastor Randy Hamill, made the three hour drive to show their support and help celebrate this milestone in Corrigan's career.

He was also joined by his wife Jamei Corrigan and children, Travis, Ashlyn and Abigail.

The service led by Bishop James Nunn included worship and a pre-service concert.

"Attending the service of ordination for Pastor Corrigan was a powerful and moving event that I will never forget," said Mekala Smith, First UMC's children's director. "Standing in prayer with other Grove sisters and brothers of Christ for Pastor Corrigan during his commissioning moved me to tears."

When asked how long Grove will be able to keep Corrigan, Nunn responded, "I believe when things are working, don't change them."

Corrigan can be found at the First United Methodist Church of Grove and heard preaching every few Sundays at the traditional 9 a.m. service and the contemporary 10:30 a.m. service.