July, August, & September Guest Preachers
July 7 | Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink
Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Weenink has served as the Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Pittsford, NY since November, 2017. He was Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church, Bay City, MI for 19 years and had served several other Presbyterian congregations. He has preached here at Westminster a number of times and early in his ministry he served as program staff at Camp Henry.
July 14 | Rev. Linda Knieriemen
The Rev. Linda Knieriemen is the Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church in Holland. She is a 1990 graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and served as associate pastor here at Westminster between 1995 and 2005; as Moderator of Lake Michigan Presbytery; and, as a member of the PCUSA General Assembly Council. She has also served as Coordinator for Health and Hunger Ministries at the Synod of the Covenant, interim associate pastor at Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York. Born in New Jersey, Linda moved to St Paul Minnesota at age twelve and has degrees from the University of Minnesota (BS Nutrition and Dietetics) and the University of Michigan (MPh). Linda is married to David Walter and enjoys his three children, 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Their household includes Porter, an energetic and affectionate springer spaniel.
July 21 | Kyle Nolan, Westminster Minister for Mission and Faith Formation
July 28 | Rev. Julie Emery
The Rev. Julie Emery has been serving as the minister/head of staff of another Westminster: Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Hartford, CT since October 2014. Before her call to Connecticut, the land of “steady habits”, Rev. Emery served churches in New Hampshire and New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion from the University of Michigan and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2004. She has served the PCUSA in various roles with her Presbytery, the 2018 General Assembly, NEXT Church, and the Pastoral Innovation Network of New England. Julie grew up in Grand Rapids and is the daughter of long-time members Ron and Pat Hoekman, from whom she unsurprisingly learned her love of water, music, justice and mission work. Julie and her husband, Jason have two boys, Aiden (13), and Chase (11), a black Labrador retriever and two crazy kittens. A proud “hockey mom” during the cold season and believes that a summer just isn’t a summer if her toes don’t touch Lake Michigan.
August 4 | Rev. Sarah Juist
The Rev. Sarah Juist is the pastor of Hanover Presbyterian Church in Hanover, Ohio, where she has served since 2017 after she had served here at Westminster as Interim Minister for Christian Education and Family Ministries. Sarah grew up in Fulton, Illinois and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, and after a small detour, received her Master of Divinity degree from Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. Sarah is passionate about engaging and creative worship, encouraging the ministries of all people of all ages and abilities in the church, and organizational leadership. In addition to her work at HPC, she also serves on the Presbytery of Scioto Valley’s Care of Church Professionals Commission and the United Way of Licking County’s Community Impact Division. With the rest of her time, she loves to crochet, take in good books, bake homemade bread, and go exploring with her very spoiled beagle mix, Hope.
August 11 | Rev. Jeremy Bork
August 18 | Rev. Jen Porter
August 25 | Rev. Paula Anema Sohl
The Rev. Paula Anema Sohl is the Associate Minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Ashland, Oregon. She completed her MDiv at Pacific School of Religion in 2011 and has been an Ashland resident for most of the past 24 years. She and her husband raised kids [in Ashland] and is delighted that her work in the church involves kids. She loves their energy and their wisdom. She is happy incorporating music, dance, ritual, and manual arts into all facets of her ministry. She is grateful for the bold witness and warm welcome of her church.
September 1 | Rev. David Baak (Sanctuary) Rev. Jen Porter (Camp Henry)
September 8 | (Celebration Sunday; two services begin) Rev. Jen Porter
September 15, 22, 29| Rev. Doug Van Doren
The Rev. Doug Van Doren, was pastor of Plymouth United Church of Christ for forty years, retiring in 2018. Under his leadership, Plymouth moved from barely surviving to a robust, active congregation in ministry focused on social justice and inclusion. He has chaired and served on many local boards including the Grand Rapids Urban League and Planned Parenthood of West Michigan and was co-founder of Concerned Clergy of West Michigan. Doug has served regional (Grand West Association and Michigan Conference) and national settings of the United Church of Christ and chaired the committee that brought all the mission efforts of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) together under a Common Global Ministries Board. He is married to Colleen Mahon-Van Doren and have two sons, Camilo (deceased) and Aidan. Doug is also an internationally recognized sea kayaker and sea kayak instructor.