Rev. Palmer Wood

As an ordained deacon, the Rev. Palmer Wood is responsible for reading the Gospel, reciting the Prayers of the People and assisting in the Eucharist (serving the body and blood of Christ). He sets up the altar, the Ablutions, hospital and home visitations and the carrying of consecrated elements in Eucharist to the homebound. He has also officiated at funerals and assisted in marriages, Kiros and sermons and support for visiting clergy in the rector's absence. He assists in Sunday School, as well.

“Good Shepherd Church has been my parish for 25 years,” Wood says. “As a cradle Episcopalian, I have always been an active communicant. Good Shepherd is a traditional, middle-ground High Church and a parish I have always been familiar with.” Wood joined the parish in 1983 and has been a deacon since 2005. Before that, he served as a LEM, mentor for EFM, a DOCC and ALPHA instructor. Wood is also disaster director and is on-call for any emergency. He attended DOCC (Disciples of Christ in Community) at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn.

In a continuing education program over four summers, he studied Holy Scripture. “In respect to Christian services, I write a weekly religious column in the local newspaper, The Lake Wales News,” he adds.