Former Hudsonite Ed Lane: Drill Sergeant to Deacon

May 13, 2010 —

A man whose family traces roots to Lanesville has been ordained a Deacon in The Episcopal Church. Rev. Ed Lane was ordained on April 17, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky by the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. Gulick, Jr., the seventh Bishop of Kentucky.

Ed’s paternal ancestors were in Hudson in the early 1800s with his maternal lineage coming to the area after the Civil War, in which they served on the Union side. His mother was Mary (Rhinehart) Stock daughter of long-time Hudson residents Ray and Eva Rhinehart.

Ed served on the Hudson Police Department as a patrolman in 1979-80 before returning to active duty with the United States Army. Retiring in 1998, Ed settled in Radcliff, Kentucky where he now resides with his wife, Shirley.

His service on Ft. Knox has been long and widely varied. When he first came to Ft. Knox in 1970 it was as a Private taking Basic Training. When he retired in 1998 it was as a Sergeant First Class with more than 28 years service. In 2000 he became involved with the St. John’s Episcopal Congregation on Ft. Knox, first as a lay reader and in 2002 with the deployment of the Episcopal Chaplain, lay leader of the congregation. In 2006, again after the transfer of the Episcopal Chaplain with whom he had worked for three years, he became the Licensed Pastoral Leader under license issued by the Bishop Suffragan for Federal Ministries with the full cooperation and support of the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky. Since ordination, Rev. Ed has been designated Deacon/Pastoral Leader of the Ft. Knox congregation.

In early 2007 he was called to take part in the first cohort of the School of Ministry, Diocese of Kentucky. Completing that school as one of five graduates in mid 2009; Rev. Ed was ordained with two of his classmates with another being ordained since. The final graduate will be ordained when he returns home after a visit to his native Sudan.

Deacons in the Episcopal Church perform a service or ‘non-sacramental’ ministry. Their ministry compliments and assists the sacramental ministry of the Priests and Bishops.

According to Rev. Ed, the Apostles realized that their ministry could not serve in every conceivable way, such as the distribution of food to the needy, so those twelve chose seven for a servant ministry. The Greek word “diakonos” translated “deacon” means servant, and is so translated in Matthew 23:11 and John 12:26.

Deacons do not celebrate the Eucharist (except under extraordinary circumstances) and only then after the elements of the communion have been sanctified by a Priest. They also can not hear a confession nor, except in emergency situations, baptize.

Deacons are both male and female and they may marry. The ministry is not normally a stipend position; so many Deacons, including Rev. Ed hold normal ‘day jobs.’

Deacons are the hair shirt of the church. They identify the needs of the world to the church and carry the message of the church into the world while serving the needy, lonely and forgotten.

In performing his liturgical role as shepherd to Ft. Knox Episcopalians, Rev. Ed enjoys his contact with the troops. “I love delivering the homilies (aka: sermons),” he says. “I don’t deliver the usual homily in that I take the gospel lesson of the day, teach some of the background behind it and then give an example of how that lesson applies to the everyday life of a soldier. After service ranging from Drill Sergeant to Recruiter, I think I have some idea of what these men are going through. And I am happy and very proud to be here to serve them.

“Soldiers are cold, wet, lonely, hungry and tired. Many of the troops we minister to have never been to church before coming into the Army. We welcome everyone in the Episcopal Church so the military is a natural place for a Deacon.”

And how long will Rev. Ed be at Knox? “As long as I am able,” he said smiling.