Save the Date for our Family Fall Harvest Festival on October 20, 2019!

Join us, following the 10:30 a.m. worship service, for some harvest fun! 

Check back for more details coming soon!

After many months of prayer, profile reviews, candidate interviews and site visits, the Pastoral Search Team is pleased to introduce the candidate who will become the next Senior Pastor of The Peoples Church: The Rev. Dr. Shawnthea Monroe

A native of South Dakota, Dr. Monroe holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Yale Divinity School, and Chicago Theological Seminary. She has served on the board of the Louisville Institute, and the Deaconess Foundation, and she currently serves as the chair of the Discernment of Call for The Living Water Association (Ohio Conference of the United Church of Christ). She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and has taught courses in preaching, pastoral leadership, contemporary culture and theology, and grant writing for non-profit organizations. An accomplished writer, she is the author of Not So Desperate: Fantasy, Fact and Faith on Wisteria Lane (Chalice Press, 2006) and co-author of Living Christianity: A Pastoral Theology for Today (Fortress, 2009). 

Dr. Monroe currently serves Plymouth Church UCC in Shaker Heights, Ohio. Before that, she was the pastor of First Congregational Church UCC (Moorhead, MN) and Trinitarian Congregational Church (Concord, MA). Shawnthea is married to Neil Mueller, who teaches trumpet at Central Michigan University, and they have three adult children. Besides her family and ministry, Shawnthea enjoys gardening, canning, and Zumba classes. Shawnthea and Neil say, “We look forward to settling in to East Lansing and getting to know the congregation and the wider community.”

Save the date for the 3rd Annual Henry & Annabel Larzelere Memorial Lecture Series

Sunday, October 13, 2019    The Peoples Church

Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe

Featuring Philip Gulley
A Quaker Pastor, Writer and Speaker 

You're invited to read his book, Unlearning God: How Unbelieving Helped Me Believe, in preparation for this event. More details to come.


The Henry and Annabel Larzelere Memorial Lecture Series was established in 2017 to honor their interest in continuing education on topics of international interest and theological thought. Henry and Annabel moved to East Lansing in 1938 where Henry was a new faculty member in the College of Agriculture at MSU. They promptly joined The Peoples Church and became deeply involved in the church community as well as in Greater Lansing where they were active in a variety of civic activities. Henry and Annabel were world travelers who were always building bridges of hope and understanding. Our desire is that these lectures will inspire and strengthen us to serve with compassionate love as we strive to build a more just and peaceful world.

The Peoples Church is happy and proud to welcome American Sign Language interpreters to our worship experience.

Our 10:30 a.m. worship service will provide this service for the deaf community. The ASL interpreter will be positioned on the piano side of the sanctuary on the floor to sign during the service. They will also be available at the Welcome Desk before and after the service for assistance as well.