Deacons are ordained leaders in the church, who serve as prophetic, insistent voices that call attention to the needs of the world. They make certain that the marginalized people in our society are remembered in the Prayers of the People. They organize outreach efforts.
Deacons serve as bridges between the church and the world, sending the people out at the end of the liturgy into the world to live out their baptismal ministry.
Deacons serve in churches but are not paid for their service. They support themselves by work in the world. In Marshall’s case, he is retired from a long career with Michelman.