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Kristel Clayville, a life-long member of Bridgeport Christian Church (BCC), was ordained into the ministry of the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, on Saturday, May 20, at BCC.

Kristel is the daughter of Mary Clayville and the late Jim Clayville and is married to Mandy Burton. She is currently a resident of Chicago.

She completed a residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, serving on the medical ethics committee, the palliative care team and as a chaplain for transplant patients. She has held teaching positions at a number of schools, including the University of Chicago, Elmhurst College, Centre College, Claremont School of Theology, Meadville Lombard Theological School and Saint Mary’s College. Kristel studied in Israel as part of a Fulbright Fellowship.

The ordination service will include representatives of both the Kentucky and Illinois/Wisconsin regional ministries, the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, and BCC, as her home congregation. We join with Kristel and her family in the celebration of this significant accomplishment.

Two more ordinations for CCIW will be taking place in June. Cheri Tuccy at the Christian Church of Arlington Heights on June 10, and Judith Guy at University Christian Church, Chicago on June 11. One other took place in February, the Rev. Jackie Marquez was ordained at University Christian Church. (See picture Jackie is on the right with Lori Tapia—National Hispanic Pastor for the CCDoC)