LaWanda Lumbard/ Leader

The deaconess holds a similar position to a deacon. Earlier no provision was given for their ordination, but the 2010 General Conference Session held in Atlanta, USA, decided for the ordination of deaconesses as is the case of deacons, a polity change. The duties of a deaconess are very similar to the deacon, with particular emphasis placed on assistance in running services and the care of the sick.