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Woman accepts call to ministry

October 13, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK - Anjel Scarborough's call to the ministry had been bubbling up from time to time since she was 14 years old.

But about 10 years ago, while she was the owner of a computer training company in Frederick, Md., she realized God was serious.

Now Scarborough is interning at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in Hancock and will continue in that capacity until April 2007 while she completes her studies at Gettysburg (Pa.) Lutheran Seminary.

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Bishop John Rabb suggested Scarborough study at the Lutheran seminary so she wouldn't have to uproot her family. She started a year ago and has a total of three years of study to complete.

"I met the Rev. Anne Weatherholt when she was at All Saints Episcopal Church in Frederick and we talked long and hard," Scarborough said. She later interned at Weatherholt's current church, St. Mark's Episcopal Church on Lappans Road.

Scarborough sold her company, arranged for scholarships and financial help from the diocese and individuals, and set out on her mission.

The journey toward a new life didn't come easily for Scarborough.

After earning her degree in business administration from Cal State in 1987, she decided to go to Europe for a couple of months. While in Copenhagen, Denmark, she met her future husband, Stuart, a representative of a German company with headquarters in Leesburg, Va.

"We had two weddings, one at the Frederick County Courthouse in November 1988, and then we flew to California in August 1989 for the blessing in the Episcopalian faith," she said.

Scarborough said her husband wasn't a fan of church at the beginning of their relationship. "I invited him to church and he said he's come ... once," she said. He has been coming ever since and is quite active now.

"We were teaching 41 middle school children in Frederick and after one session, my husband said I'd make a great priest someday," Scarborough said. "I knew the Lord had put him in my life for a reason."

The couple has two children, Claire, 10, and Erin, 6.

As Scarborough continues in her internship with the Rev. Allan Weatherholt - husband of Anne Weatherholt - she wants to share her faith with the parishioners.

"In class at seminary, we were talking about relationship to place," Scarborough said. "We were displaced in our family ... a lot of migration, but the church gave us that sense of connection."

Even in bigger churches, there are small groups that look for ways to connect on a human scale.

"Church is the extension of family," Scarborough said.

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