Few of us can claim that we have the faith of Abraham. But there are some among us who serve as wonderful examples of living a life of faith and hope well into old age.

Each year, the diocese recognizes and honors the exemplary ministries of our older members through induction into the Society of St. Simeon and St. Anna. The Society celebrates the wisdom, experience, maturity, and achievements ofpersons who are at least 60 years of age and Episcopalians for 15 or more years.

Eleven individuals were inducted into the Society as the Class of 2018 at a special Eucharist and luncheon at the Procter Center April 18. We’re sharing some excerpts from their nominating letters so you can get to know these exceptional people of faith and models of affirmative aging. (Click on each name to read the profile) A hearty congratulations to these faithful servants.

Photos by Sherri Martin/Diocese of Southern Ohio

Class of 2018

Charlie Evranian, All Saints, New Albany
Howard and Nell Gregory, St. Barnabas,Montgomery
Mary McKell, St. Paul’s, Chillicothe
Donna Nickerson, St. Paul’s, Chillicothe
Marybeth Peebles, St. Luke, Marietta
Sara Rich, St. George’s, Dayton
Janice “Gay” Roberts, St. John’s, Columbus
Willa Tait, Holy Trinity, Kenwood
Linda and William Whittle, St. James, Cincinnati