Our Speaker Series for 2018 will feature a notable guest speaker every other Sunday through out July and August. There will be just one Sunday morning worship service meeting at 9:30 AM during these months. Our worship time will be one hour earlier than usual. Vacationers, Friends, Family and neighbors are welcome to come and join us for these special services!
About our Speakers:
Rev. Dr. John E. Harnish is a retired United Methodist pastor on Platte Lake in Benzie County. He served churches in the Detroit Conference, retiring from First United Methodist Church in Birmingham in 2013. Previously, he served First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, Court Street UMC in Flint and Dexter United Methodist Church. For seven years he was the associate General Secretary of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry in Nashville, TN. He is currently a Trustee at Adrian College and most recently served as the Interim Pastor at Church of the Dunes in Grand Haven. He is married to Judy Stone Harnish, daughter of Marge and Burdette Stone who were active members of the Empire UMC. He is a regular columnist for the Record Patriot Newspaper and writes a weekly “Monday Memo” at www. jackharnish.wordpress.net.
Sharon Garlough Brown is an author, speaker, and spiritual director who travels internationally to lead retreats and conferences. A graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary, Sharon has served on the pastoral staff of congregations in Scotland, Oklahoma, England, and most recently in West Michigan, where she co-pastored Redeemer Covenant Church with her husband, Jack. Her spiritual formation novels, Sensible Shoes, Two Steps Forward, Barefoot, and An Extra Mile follow the journey of characters who are learning to rest in the love of God. She is currently working on a new novel about mental health issues and spiritual formation, scheduled for release in 2019. For more information about her ministry, visit www.sharongarloughbrown.com
Rev. Benton R. Heisler serves as the Director of Connectional Ministries (DCM) for the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. Prior to this responsibility, Benton was the DCM for the West MI Conference of the UMC for nine years. He has also served as the District Superintendent of the Lansing District, in a variety of congregations across the state of Michigan and as a teacher & basketball coach. In 2008 Benton was awarded The John and Ruth Mount Outstanding Alumni Award for Parish Ministry, by the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Benton is passionately committed to Christ, his wife, Linda, and their family. He has two married daughters, a three-year-old grandson and two Golden Retrievers that came to them from rescue situations.
He finds relaxation and creativity in building, repairing and recycling discarded stuff, in the yard, around the parsonage and as projects for neighbors, friends and on work camps. It is no surprise that his favorite DIY shows are “Barnwood Builders, Salvage Dawgs, Fixer Upper, Re-Hab Addict & American Pickers.”
Benton lives into a vision, expectation, and goal that every local congregation can be equally passionately committed to a relationship with Jesus Christ, and desire to build, repair, and restore people and places of community, for the sake of the Kingdom of God and the transformation of the world.
Rev. Jon Reynolds currently serves as an Associate Pastor at Cass United Methodist Church in Detroit with the responsibility of starting a new community of faith in the city. Before his time in Detroit, Jon served as an Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Rochester, Michigan where he started two new worship services and helped the church grow over the last six years. Rev. Jon is married to Rev. Lindsey Hall who serves as an Associate Pastor at Birmingham First United Methodist Church. Together, they have two children, Joshua and Lydia and a Labrador named Sam. Jon’s passion in ministry is reaching new people with God’s incredible love.
Dr. Jeffrey Weima is Professor of New Testament at Calvin Theological Seminary, where he has taught for 26 years. He is a sought-after speaker who is able to communicate well the truths of the Bible in an interesting, contemporary and practical manner. Jeff has published five books, and authored numerous scholarly articles, academic essays and book reviews. Dr. Weima is an active member of several academic societies, lectures in countries all over the world, leads biblical study tours to Greece, Turkey, Israel/Jordan, and Italy, conducts intensive preaching seminars for pastors, and preaches widely in churches in both the USA and Canada.