As I was finishing up my 15th interim assignment (after three settled pastorates), I was contacted about serving as the Interim Senior Pastor at The Peoples Church. As you are doing now, I also came to this website to learn everything I could about the congregation. What I saw here and have confirmed since starting in mid-June of 2018 is that the ministry at Peoples is about so much more than the person in the pulpit. While my job is to fill the Senior Pastor role and guide the search process, my joy is quickly becoming all the members and friends of the congregation. Musicians, professors, bird lovers, students, body-builders, artists--this is a congregation whose members really mean it when they say, "All are welcome!"
It is my honor and privilege to serve as Associate Pastor here at The Peoples Church. I am excited about leading our Christian Education efforts - from the littlest ones to the most senior and everyone in between. During my time as a pastor, I have found it most rewarding to help others learn about, and apply, the Bible to their own lives. My hope and dream is that we can continue to nurture an environment where faith, spirituality and the Bible can be discussed with openness and honesty.
I am immensely proud to be part of a welcoming, worshiping community that values relationships with MSU and Lansing area communities, as well as relationships with organizations across the country and the globe. We have so much to offer each other! I believe our congregation appeals to students and the wider community because we are a church that values honest discussion about our faith and our doubts as we strive to respond to the ways God is calling us to worship, live and work in the world. All are welcome on the journey.
|Joe Kennedy||Youth Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org||ext. 6264|
|Julie Bills||Children's Christian Education Directoremail@example.com||ext. 4447|
|Judy Kabodian||Musician in Residencefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elizabeth Reed||Children's Music Directoremail@example.com|
|Dr. Jonathan Reed||Music Directorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Council of Elders
The Council of Elders is the governing body of The Peoples Church. It is made up of 17 representatives elected from the active membership to serve three-year terms. It is responsible for the spiritual, financial, physical and overall welfare of the church and assists the pastors in administering the sacraments or ordinances.
The Council of Elders meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Robertson Room. All members of The Peoples Church community are welcome to attend, or contact the chair (or another elder) prior to a monthly meeting to be included as part of an evening's agenda.
|MEMBER||POSITION(S) / APPOINTMENT(S)||CONTACT INFORMATION|
|Jennifer Nagel *2019||Council of Elders Chairpersonemail@example.com|
|Thad Morgan *2018||Clerkfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Gary Dawson *2019||Treasurer, Finance Ministryemail@example.com|
|Paul Babbitt *2018||Welcome Ministryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Wayne Budde *2018||Personnel Ministryemail@example.com|
|Alan Canady *2018||Personnel Ministryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Ben Eysselinck *2018||Building & Grounds Ministryemail@example.com|
|Dot VanLooy *2018||Christian Education Ministry Chairpersonfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jodi Cook *2019||Community Engagement Ministry Chairpersonemail@example.com|
|Beth Lundy *2019||Worship Ministryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Lew Worthington *2019||Worship Ministry Chairpersonemail@example.com|
|Barbara Scott *2019||Community Engagement Ministry||517.899.5603|
|Bob Cantrell *2020||Finance Ministryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Stacy Gronowski *2020||Campus Ministry Chairpersonemail@example.com|
|Clark McCreedy *2020||Community Engagement Ministryfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Rob Privette *2020||Building & Grounds Ministry Chairpersonemail@example.com|
|Diane Shafer *2020||Welcome Ministry Chairpersonfirstname.lastname@example.org
This list reflects the Council of Elders membership for the session beginning Jan. 1, 2017.
*Notes each member's term-ending date as of Dec. 31.