Today is a special day of celebration for the service and ministry of Rev. Frank Dew, who is retiring from Greensboro Urban Ministry after 22 years.
Frank led his final 12:30 chapel service today for Weaver House guests. He and Rev. Andrei Spells led the group in carols and a holiday reflection from the Book of Luke.
Frank has served as the head of the chaplaincy department during his time at GUM. He has worked to build a vibrant chaplaincy department that supported our guests, volunteers and staff in their daily front-line work of serving men, women and families facing crisis in the greater Greensboro area. GUM’s Stephen Ministry program has grown to become the city’s largest under his leadership. The listening ministry attracts volunteers, staff and former guests to offer presence and support for those in our GUM community.
Frank helped grow partnerships for GUM across the city and build awareness within the community. As a Servant Leadership School instructor, he led classes in justice and compassion from the chaplain’s conference room, allowing students to see GUM firsthand and understand the challenges those living in poverty face on a daily basis.
To honor Frank’s years of service, GUM staff members are raising a gift in his honor to donate to Habitat for Humanity, another of Frank’s favorite charitable causes.
At our staff holiday party this week, Frank thanked colleagues and noted: “”One of the greatest things GUM staff started was giving to other charities. We recognize that we’re in this work together, and we support each other.”
We recognize you, Frank, for all you have done to serve Greensboro, and wish you all good things in this next chapter of your journey!