Service of Holy Communion - Evelyn Laycock
Dr. Evelyn Laycock served as director of the Lay Ministry Center for the Southeastern Jurisdictional (SEJ) Administrative Council, Lake Junaluska, N.C., for 10 years. During this time she traveled extensively, holding classes, workshops, retreats and seminars throughout the SEJ and beyond. Her desire is to continue to teach and lead groups in her commitment to "Praise my Maker while I've breath."
Prior to the ministry Laycock was an organic chemist and for 35 years professor of religion at Hiwassee College, from which she holds the title Professor Emeritus. She is also a graduate of Tennessee Wesleyan, receiving its Alumnus of the Year Award in 1995, and Emory and Henry, receiving its Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1996. She holds both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory University.
Laycock is co author of "Awaken the Giant," a book focusing on how new life can come to The United Methodist Church. Additional writings are "Echoes of Faith," a book of meditations on Psalms; "Hope for the Future: A Study of Revelation;" "Lay Speakers Lead Bible Study;" one volume in the Bible Readers Series "Disciplines;" and church school publications. She is a faculty member of the Florida Conference Academy for Spiritual Formation.
Laycock was elected lay delegate to five general and jurisdictional conferences. For eight years she was on the General Board of Discipleship and served as secretary for five years.
She received the 1999 Frances Asbury Award from the Holston Conference for fostering United Methodist ministries in higher education. She is the Lay 2002 Philip Award Recipient for Outstanding Leadership in Evangelism, presented by the National Association of United Methodist Evangelists. The United Methodist Men have recognized her as a John Wesley Fellow.
Laycock is married to William A. Laycock, a retired United Methodist minister and college professor. They have three sons and three grandchildren.