LEADERSHIP

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REV. CASE VAN KEMPEN

INTERIM SENIOR PASTOR

517.332.5073 ext. 4442

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!"

REV. DREW
FILKINS

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

517.332.5073 ext. 4448

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.

REV. BETSY
AHO

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

517.332.5073 ext. 6074

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.

CHURCH OFFICE

Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Morning Only

Phone: 517.332.5073
Fax: 517.332.1971
E-mail: office@thepeopleschurch.com

 PASTORAL STAFF      

Rev. Case Van Kempen

Interim Senior Pastor 517.908.4442
Rev. Drew Filkins Associate Pastor 517.908.4448
Rev. Betsy Aho Associate Pastor 517.332.6074
PROGRAM STAFF      
Joe Kennedy Youth Director ext. 6264
Julie Bills Children's Christian Education Director ext. 4447
Judy Kabodian Musician in Residence  
Elizabeth Reed Children's Music Director  
Dr. Jonathan Reed Music Director  
CHURCH OFFICE STAFF      
Andy Mayville Facility Director ext. 4444
Gerri Lynn Nichols Hospitality Coordinator ext. 4432
Dee Przybylski Office Administrator / Wedding Coordinator ext. 4446

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)  
Alan Canady *2018 Council of Elders Chairperson
Thad Morgan *2018 Clerk
Dave Brower *2019 Treasurer, Finance Ministry  
Paul Babbitt *2018 Welcome Ministry
Cal Kerr *2019 Personnel Ministry, Chairperson
Kate Jones *2020 Personnel Ministry
Ben Eysselinck *2018 Building & Grounds Ministry
Dot VanLooy *2018 Christian Education Ministry, Chairperson
Jodi Cook *2019 Community Engagement Ministry, Chairperson
Beth Lundy *2019 Worship Ministry, Chairperson
Julie Pierce *2019 Worship Ministry 
Barbara Scott *2019 Community Engagement Ministry  
Bob Cantrell *2020 Finance Ministry, Chairperson
Stacy Gronowski *2020 Campus Ministry, Chairperson
Rob Privette *2020 Building & Grounds Ministry, Chairperson
Diane Shafer *2020 Welcome Ministry, Chairperson
EX-OFFICIO MEMBER    
Rev. Drew Filkins Associate Pastor
Rev. Betsy Aho Associate Pastor
Cal Kerr Personnel Committee Chairperson
Representative, Women of Peoples Church

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.