Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence
| AThe Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence is the Transition Co-Leader/Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Lake Michigan. Fran serves on the Board of Trustees for Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, the PCUSA’s only historically black seminary; she also serves on the GA Racism Truth and Reconciliation Committee, and is past moderator of the GA Committee on Theological Education. Prior to her service as the Transitional Co-Leader/Stated Clerk, she served for 9 years at the First Presbyterian Church in Niles, MI, and prior to that as Executive Director of Laughlin Memorial Chapel, a faith-based community center, in Wheeling, WV.
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Rev. Dr. Bill Evertsberg
Sunday, April 7 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Dr. William A. Evertsberg | We welcome Rev. Dr. William A. Evertsberg to our services this Sunday. Rev. Evertsberg is the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth Illinois and served here at Westminster from 1990-1997. A graduate of Calvin College and Princeton Theological Seminary, Bill has also served congregations in Pennsylvania and Connecticut.
Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts
Sunday, March 31 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts | The Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr. is President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, a position he has held since the spring of 2010. We are happy to welcome his return to Westminster.
Join us in worship this Sunday for the presentation of the annual children's and youth musical at both services 8:30a and 11:00a. This year's title is Rock The Boat! and is the story of Noah and the Ark. The Carol Choir (grades 3-5) and the Chapel Singers (grades 6-8) have enjoyed working on the songs for this musical. The music is fun and tells the biblical story as well as including a message about taking care of our world.
Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville
Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville is the Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Life for Alma College in Alma, MI. He is a graduate of Alma and served The Peoples Church in East Lansing for seven years.
Rev. Dr. Tom Long
Sunday, March 10 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Dr. Tom Long | Rev. Dr. Tom Long is the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching; Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. He is an award winning author of many articles and books.
"See, now is an acceptable time; see, now is a day of salvation!” In the frenzy of our daily lives, the urgency of Paul’s invitation to be reconciled to God can strike us as odd, intrusive even. There is so much to do…can’t that wait? Ash Wednesday is an invitation to intrusion, to stillness, and most of all to freedom. It’s a reminder of the fragile, precious passage of our lives. Join us at 7pm for a traditional service of the Imposition of Ashes — an ancient rite of repentance and preparation for our long lenten pilgrimage to the cross.
Sunday, March 3 | TWO services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Gene Ryan | Gene is the Middle School Ministries Coordinator and Seminary Intern at WPC. A student at Western Theological Seminary, he holds a degree in Religion from Hope College. Join us for worship this Sunday as we hear how "The Luckiest Moment Was Not Enough."
Rev. Jen Porter
Rev. Jen Porter | When we read the great litany of faith in Hebrews 11, we find a list of fairly absurd, ridiculous and even unbelievable acts of faith. The list includes repeated sacrifice and hardship and many steps into what is unknown. And, none of them even received what they had been promised. And, that is the good news. Join us Sunday as Rev. Jen preaches about our faith and as we welcome another group of New Members into our congregation. Again, this week we will be a different church. Praise be to God for all the names and stories and lives that we share in this life of faith and at WPC.
Gene Ryan | March 3 | Gene is the Middle School Ministries Coordinator and Seminary Intern at WPC. A student at Western Theological Seminary, he holds a degree in Religion from Hope College.
Kyle Nolan | March 6, Ash Wednesday | Kyle Nolan is the Minister for Faith Formation and Mission. He will lead the Ash Wednesday service on March 6 at 7:00p.
Rev. Dr. Tom Long | March 10 | Rev. Dr. Tom Long is the Bandy Professor Emeritus of Preaching; Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Thomas G. Long’s primary area of research is homiletics (the history, theory, and practice of preaching his introductory textbook, The Witness of Preaching, has been translated into a number of languages and is widely used in theological schools around the world. In 2010, Preaching magazine named The Witness of Preaching one of the 25 most influential books in preaching for the last 25 years. Long gave the distinguished Lyman Beecher Lectures at Yale, which were published in his 2009 book Preaching from Memory to Hope.
Long is also deeply interested in biblical studies, practical theology, and liturgy. He has written commentaries on the biblical books of Hebrews, the Gospel of Matthew, and the Pastoral Epistles, and his books on the Christian funeral, Accompany Them with Singing and The Good Funeral (co-authored with noted poet and funeral director Thomas Lynch), have generated interest both in the academy and the media. His book What Shall We Say? Evil, Suffering, and the Crisis of Faith, which addresses the issue of innocent suffering and the goodness of God, was selected as the Book of the Year for 2011, an award given by the Academy of Parish Clergy to the best book published for parish ministry in the previous year.
Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville | March 17 | Rev. Dr. Andrew Pomerville is the chaplain and director of spiritual life for Alma College. Andrew earned his Doctor of Ministry in Reformed Theology from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Aberdeen and holds a Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a BA in History from Alma College. Prior to his position at Alma, he served for seven years as the senior pastor for The Peoples Church of East Lansing, a 1,200 member interdenominational congregation with full standing in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Methodist Church, United Church of Christ, and the American Baptist Church. Before this, he served four years as the pastor for Church in the Hills in Bellaire, MI.
Andrew and his wife, Rachell, are proud Alma College alumni and feel particularly blessed to return to the College they love. They have two children, Denali and Bryce, both named after National Parks. Andrew was the chaplain for Denali National Park in 2005 and has also served as chaplain for Hospice of NW Michigan, Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, and currently is the chaplain for the East Lansing Police Department. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys long distance running with his border collie, Detroit sports, and cheering on his children in dance, sports, and musical events. Andrew and the children play a variety of musical instruments and their whole family loves to travel, camp, hike, bike, run, duck hunt, and fish together.
Rev. Paul Timothy Roberts | March 31 | The Reverend Paul Timothy Roberts Sr. is President of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA, a position he has held since the spring of 2010. Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary is one of the ten theological schools of the Presbyterian Church (USA), and the only one that is historically African American.
Paul graduated from Princeton University in 1985 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture and African American Studies. Paul later received the Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in New Testament Studies from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center in Atlanta, Georgia. Paul is also an Academic Fellow of The Ecumenical Institute at Bossey in Celigny, Switzerland.
Paul is a contributing writer to Pastoral Care: A Case Study Approach by Orbis Books in 1998, and to Feasting on the Gospels by Westminster/John Knox Press released in December 2013. He writes occasionally for the Presbyterian Outlook, and has been a cohort leader with the Louisville Institute. A popular speaker, Paul has preached at the NEXT Church Conference, the Montreat Youth Conference, the Mid-Winter Lectures at Austin Presbyterian Seminary, the Baccalaureate Service at Presbyterian College, and at congregations around the country.
Paul and his wife, Nina, have one daughter and two sons.
Rev. Dr. William A. Evertsberg | April 7 | William A. Evertsberg is the Senior Minister at the Kenilworth Union Church in Kenilworth, Illinois. He has also served the Abington Presbyterian Church in Abington, Pennsylvania (1985-1990); the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1990-1997); and the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, Connecticut (1997-2013). Calvin College (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.) tried, in vain, to educate him, but awarded him diplomas nonetheless.
Bill and his wife Kathy (née Van Dyken), a dental hygienist, have a son, Michael (29), a graduate student at the University of Michigan; and a daughter, Taylor (24), a second-grade teacher in Greenwich, Connecticut. Bill’s three favorite things are Books, Bikes, and Barks. He also fancies Wolverines (in Ann Arbor), Tigers (in Detroit), Patriots (in New England), and the sparkling erudition of Riley Jensen, Jack Stewart, and Chandler Stokes.
Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence | April 14, Palm Sunday | The Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence is the Transition Co-Leader/Stated Clerk for the Presbytery of Lake Michigan. Fran serves on the Board of Trustees for Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary, the PCUSA’s only historically black seminary; she also serves on the GA Racism Truth and Reconciliation Committee, and is past moderator of the GA Committee on Theological Education. Prior to her service as the Transitional Co-Leader/Stated Clerk, she served for 9 years at the First Presbyterian Church in Niles, MI, and prior to that as Executive Director of Laughlin Memorial Chapel, a faith-based community center, in Wheeling, WV.
Fran and her husband, David, who serves as Pastor/Head of Staff at the First Presbyterian Church in Auburn, IN, have five children, Phillip, Jonathan, Donna, Sallie, and Ross. Ross will graduate this May and will be attending Kalamazoo College where he will study engineering and play football. In her spare time Fran enjoys walking, gardening, crocheting, kayaking, and hiking.
Rev. Jen Porter | April 18, Maundy Thursday | Rev. Jen Porter is the Associate Pastor at Westminster. She will lead the Maundy Thursday service at 7:00p at Westminster. We will celebrate Communion.
Rev. Jeremy Bork | April 21, Easter Sunday | Rev. Jeremy Bork is the Minister for Youth and Their Families at Westminster. He will lead our Easter Sunday services at 8:30a and 11:00a.
Rev. Lisle Gwynn Garrity | April 28 | As an artist, pastor, retreat leader, and creative entrepreneur, Lisle works with communities of all kinds across the nation. In addition to leading retreats and serving as artist-in-residence with churches, she is the founder and creative director of A Sanctified Art LLC, a collaborative arts ministry providing multimedia resources for worshiping communities. As an ordained Minister of the Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA), she approaches her work as an artist primarily through the lenses of pastor and theologian. Residing in Black Mountain, North Carolina, with her husband and two wiggly pups, Max and Maven, she has a deep love for exploring mountains, creative opportunities of all kinds, and new ways to be church. Her work and writings have been featured in Reformed Worship, Call to Worship, NEXT Church, and Presbyterians Today. Learn more about her work by visiting lislegwynngarrity.com and sanctifiedart.org.
Rev. Lynn Barger Elliott
Rev. Lynn Barger serves as Affiliate Faculty at Calvin College in the Congregational and Ministry Studies department where she leads the Ministry Leadership Fellows program. She is also on the staff at Mayflower Congregational Church where she directs Youth and Family Ministries and coordinates Pastoral Care. From 2006-2007, Lynn was on staff at Westminster as the Interim Director of Youth Ministries. While she was at Princeton Seminary, she did ministry internships under two of our previous pastors, Bill Evertsberg and Riley Jensen. Lynn and her husband Mark have three children and live in East Grand Rapids.
Rev. Jessica Tate
Jessica Tate is the Director of NEXT Church (www.nextchurch.net), a network of Presbyterians who are discerning how to be the faithful church in the 21st century. Prior to coming on board with NEXT Church, she served as Associate Pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in Northern Virginia. Jessica is a lifelong Presbyterian, in fact, a joyful preacher’s kid. Upon graduation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jessica served as a Young Adult Intern for the PC(USA) at the denomination’s Washington Office. From there she went on to seminary at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, where she received a Masters of Divinity and a Masters of Arts in Christian Education. Jessica and her husband John live in Washington, DC with their infant son, Huw and rescued chocolate lab -- both of whom regularly keep them humble with their gregarious affection.
Rev. Dr. Riley Jensen
Sunday, January 27 | Two services at 8:30 & 11:00 | Rev. Dr. Riley Jensen, Pastor Emeritus | This Sunday Riley Jensen concludes the series “How My Mind Has Changed”…with “About the Trinity.” The Cappadocian Fathers of fourth century eastern Turkey used the metaphor of the circle dance to describe the Trinity. Whatever is going on in God is a flow, a radical relatedness, a perfect communion among Three – a circle dance of love. God is not just a dancer; God is the dance itself. Join us in worship!