CLERGY REV. PAUL L. AMSTUTZ Paul was born in Berne, Indiana on January 4, 1928, the son of the late Omen and Selma (Hirschy) Amstutz. On January 28, 1950 he married M. Jean Andrews in Celina, Ohio. He graduated from high school in Berne, Indiana, Ft. Wayne Bible College with a Bachelor’s Degree; Taylor University, Upland Indiana with a Bachelor’s Degree; Asbury Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity. Paul was a member of the Rotary club for 37 years. Paul led the bicycle hike for the DAC Youth Camp for 20 years. He is survived by his wife Jean, three children, eight grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. Paul found much joy in his work. Once asked if he could do it all over again would he choose the same life work, his answer “If I could do it for a hundred years, I would do it again. I would do it without batting an eyelash!” The thing that brought Paul and Jean both joy, was watching their oldest son David followed in his father’s footsteps and became a United Methodist Minister. Paul died on Tuesday February 5, 2013, he was 85 years old.
REV. JAMES C. BRAID Born on May 30, 1933 in Pontiac, he was the son of Carroll and Pauline (Stroupe) Braid. He graduated from Pontiac High School in 1951 and went to Albion College where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and, after graduation, went to Boston University School of Theology for his Masters in Divinity. He was a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon at BU. Whenever he came home from school, he attended church with his family at Central United Methodist Church in Pontiac where another congregant, Judy Palmer, kept tabs on his homecomings. The young couple eventually married at the church on August 30, 1959. Soon after they moved to Redford Twp. where Jim became Associate Pastor at Aldersgate UMC. Jim Braid had a contagious faith and simple trust in the goodness of God. It showed through in his sense of humor — he always would begin to giggle before he’d get to the punch line — his deep compassion for the pain in others and the rich humanity of his friendships. Jim Braid was a minister — he answered a calling to serve God by serving God’s people, whom he baptized and married and counseled and cared deeply about. Possibly because of the crosses he bore in his own life, he was especially gifted at assisting people in bearing the crosses in theirs. Jim counted the greatest among God’s gifts to him, his beloved family. He is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Judith, their daughter Lynne (Steve) Morgan, their son Mike (Tera) Braid, and granddaughters, Paige and Brittany. Jim died on May 21st, after a courageous, lifelong struggle with depression. He was 78 years old.
REV. SHIRLEY A. CORMICLE Shirley age 72, passed away on January 29, 2013 at Genesys Hospice Center in Goodrich, Michigan. Shirley was born in Pella, Iowa to John and Ella (Nieuwsma) Roose on February 25, 1940. A graduate of Pella Christian High School, she attended Evangelical School of Nursing in Marshalltown. Her classmate and future sister-in-law, Carol Luthe, introduced 297
Shirley to her brother, Jim Cormicle. Shirley and Jim were married on August 12, 1961 in Peoria, Iowa. Identical twin sons, Warren and William, were born. Shirley and Jim moved to Flint, Michigan, where Jim started his career with the Buick Motor Division of GM. Shirley practiced nursing in a wide variety of settings and maintained her license her entire life. A daughter, Sheryl, was born in Flint. When Jim passed away as a young man in 1983, Shirley began a new chapter in her life. She ultimately heeded the call to full-time ministry and obtained her Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta in 1994. Her true vocation was health ministry, caring for both the body and the soul. She retired from formal ministry in 2003, but continued to devote loving care to her cherished granddaughter, family and friends. Shirley is survived by her three children, her granddaughter, a sister, a brother and many beloved nieces and nephews. Shirley raised a beautiful family and touched many hearts.
REV. DR. KENDALL W. COWLING Kendall was born December 16, 1928 to Elsie Viola (Woodward) and Earl Bixby Cowing. At the age of 16, he met Della Kay Van House. Kendall said it was “love at first site” for him. They married 5 years later in 1950. She was the love of his life. Kendall attended Garrett Theological seminary. In 1959 while working as Minister of Education at Ann Arbor First Church, Kendall was recognized by the Ann Arbor Chamber of Commerce as their “Man of the Year” for his work to ban the sale of alcohol near churches and schools. In 1972 Kendall received an Honorary PhD (Doctor of Divinity) from Adrian College, in recognition for his many years and endeavors to improve society. As the minister of Christian education at First Church, Kendall built a nationally recognized Methodist Youth Fellowship program, recruiting and training young adult volunteer counselors to serve as mentors and role models for youth. The program was so successful that a documentary film was made of the 1966 Senior High Youth Group – “Deeper Root”. Kendall served on staff at the Institute for social Research (ISR) at the University of Michigan, and the National Training laboratory’s programs (NTL) at Bethel, Maine. Kendall and Della worked with Ron and Peggy Lippitt at NTL, ISR, and together they founded “Human Resource Development Associates of Ann Arbor” (HRDA). In 1973 Kendall was appointed as “Minister to Society” and left employment at First United Methodist church to be a full time consultant at HDRA. He spent the rest of his life working with large businesses in the USA and abroad. Kendall passed away on February 4, 2013 in North Carolina where he and Della have lived in their retirement.
REV. WAYNE C. FERRIGAN Wayne was born December 9, 1947 in Pinconning to the late Lyle and Laura (Smith) Ferrigan. He married Deborah McCourtney on August 15, 1970 in Mt. Morris. He was a graduate of the Methodist Theological School of Ohio with 2 Masters Degrees. He served as Pastor at Franklin Park, Sharon Manchester, Bay City First, Memphis-Lamb, Mayville-Fostoria-Silverwood, Algonac, North Branch, West Vienna and Montrose Churches. He enjoyed cross stitch, reading, directing theater, listening to music, directing church choirs, playing and directing hand bells, going to theater, traveling to Ireland and Israel. He was always smiling and had a boisterous laugh. Surviving are: wife, Deborah; children, Patrick Ferrigan, Katie (Jessie)
York, Bridget (Alex) Constantine; granddaughter, Hannah York; sisters, Diana (Mike) Koviak, Coleen (Curtis) Martin; brother, Brian Ferrigan; nieces and nephews. Wayne died Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Avalon Hospice. He was 64
REV. DR. DONALD E HALL Donald age 85, died Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at the Durand Senior Care and Rehab Center. Donald was born August 15, 1927 in Detroit, MI. to parents Ralph and Helen (Hanna) Hall. He was raised on Detroit’s West Side and graduated from Northwestern High School in 1945. The thirteen years that followed were spent in the U.S. Coast Guard at the end of WWII, in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and in New York City. In 1958 Don entered Boston University School of Theology. He graduated as an elder in 1962 and took his first appointment as a Methodist Minister at Campbell Avenue Church in Detroit. He married Judith Rae McCausland in June of the same year. In 1985 Don received his Doctorate of Ministry from Drew University School of Theology. During the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s Don was active in the Flint area radio and broadcasting community. Don enjoyed several hobbies including playing the guitar, reading, writing, swimming, camping, and cheering for U of M sports teams. Don joins his beautiful wife Judy Hall in Heaven who passed away November of 2011. He is survived by his four children; Jeannette Hall, Michael Hall, Maria Hall, Joseph Hall (and Kelly Buchanan), and nine grandchildren.
REV. HOWARD HIGGINS Howard was born in La Porte, MI on December 8, 1927, and spent his youth in the Hemlock MI area. He graduated from high school in Midland, in 1954 and immediately joined the Navy where he served for 2 years. Howard worked for Dow Chemical Company in Midland before he received his call to the ministry. Throughout his ministry he served churches in Michigan, Iowa, and Arizona. Howard spent his retirement years in Arizona, Linn, Montana and Lake City, Michigan, where his pastime was carving. He made small animals, a couple of life size ducks, crosses for necklaces, and spoon sets. He sold some of the items and established a “shoe fund” at a local store in Linn, Mo. to supply shoes for needy persons (mostly children) who could not afford them. Howard was the loving husband of Elouise, father of Howard and Sandi, Kathy and Larry, and Tom and Dianne, grandfather of six and great-grandfather of seven. Howard left his earthly home for a far greater place on July 11, 2012. It is the hope of his family that Howard touched your life in some way that will make you smile.
REV. WAYNE D. JENSEN Wayne was born on April 29, 1934 in Millington, the son of Harold and Mamie (Hudgins) Jensen. He graduated from Millington High School, served in the U.S. Army and graduated from Central Michigan University with a master’s Degree. On November 24, 1956, he married Mary Yvonne Bushaw in Romulus; MI. Wayne served as a Methodist minister for many years, Associate
Director at Big Brothers of Midland, Frankenmuth Schools administrator, taught Sociology at Mott and Delta Colleges, and was a bank branch manager in Frankenmuth. Wayne is survived by his wife Yvonne, four children: Thomas (Susan) Jensen of DeWitt MI, Randall (Gloria) Jensen of Rochester MN, Daryl (Denise) Jensen of Frankenmuth MI and Les (Paula) Jensen of Saline MI as well as ten grandchildren. Wayne passed away Sunday, October 14, 2012 with his loving family surrounding him at Frankenmuth Lutheran Home. He was 78 years old.
REV. FRANK R. LEINEKE Frank was born in Flint, Michigan on April 24, 1924, where he lived with his nine brothers and sisters. During the war years, Frank served in the U.S. Marine Corps. While attending Asbury Seminary he met and married Lois Bailey. Frank started his ministry in the Kentucky Annual Conference. Later his family moved to Virginia and he served churches on the Eastern shore. In 1961 the family moved to Michigan. Thus he began his long association with the Detroit Annual Conference. Even after his retirement Frank accepted several interim pastoral appointments. At the time of his death Frank was serving as an Associate Pastor at Detroit Central United Methodist Church. Frank was a friend to all, he was a survivor, he loved to read, and he loved music, and mostly Cherry pie and ice cream. Frank is survived by his two sons, Frank T. and Rev. David Leineke, also a Pastor in the DAC, and his five grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his daughter Diane. Frank would say “Stick to the fight when you are hardest hit, it’s when things go wrong that you must not quit.” Frank died an unexpected death on December 15, 2012, as a result of a fall in his home. He was 88 years old.
REV. RICHARD L. MYERS Dick was born on August 30, 1936 in Hastings, son of Floyd and Virginia (Gilding) Myers. He graduated from Hastings High School in 1954, Otterbein College in Westerville, OH in 1958 and the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH in 1961. He retired from the Detroit Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1998 to his northern home in Gaylord, MI. Dick was an avid birder, co-founder of Whitefish Point Bird Observatory and past president of Michigan Audubon. He was active in many environmental issues and loved the outdoors, including hunting, hiking, backpacking and mountain climbing. He is survived by his wife Linda (Thomas) Myers of Gaylord, MI and his children Andrew (Michaela) Myers of Ithaca, NY, Christopher (Jennifer) Myers of San Diego, CA, Kirk Myers of Dearborn, MI, Michele (William) Crawford of Snohomish, WA and Cheryl (James) Nickolaou of Clarkston, MI, seven grandchildren and one great grandson, brothers Ronald (Jo Ellyn) Myers of Middleville, MI and Philip (Judy) Myers of Hastings, MI. Reverend Myers touched many lives through his ministry and love of the outdoors. Dick passed away on June 24, 2012 in Hastings, MI. He was 75.
REV. MARY F. NEIL Mary Frances Neil was born July19, 1925 in Northfield, CO., daughter of Fred and Ruth (Cleland) Neil. She was raised on the family farm in Castle Rock Township and at300
tended country school and Northfield High School graduating in 1943. She then attended Winona State Teachers College and Graduated in 1947. She began teaching school in Michigan and soon went to Port Huron, MI where she taught secondary math for 37 years, retiring in 1981. She also took classes part time at Garrett Evangelical Seminary over the years. After Mary was ordained she entered the ministry in the early 1980’s and served several congregations in the Detroit Annual Conference before retiring to Loveland , Co. in the early 1990’. In her retirement Mary served as an associate minister at the First UMC in Fort Collins and served for 15 months as the minister of the Methodist church in Roseau, MN. She then returned to Colorado and helped start a new church in wellington, CO. For many years she helped author Dr. William Cooper in editing his books on religion which were used by seminary students. She also served on the board of directors of Port Huron Community College for many years. She enjoyed both college and professional baseball and football, and going out to eat with her many friends. Mary is survived by her brother William (Arlene) Neil and 16 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister Beth Neil; brothers Fred, Ralph, Paul and John Neil. Mary passed away on Monday December 27, 2012 at the Medical Center of the Rockies in Loveland, Colorado. She was 87.
REV. CHANG E. PARK Chang died on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 in San Francisco, California where he has lived since he retired from the DAC in 1995. Chang started his ministry in the Korean Methodist Church in 1950. He served as a chaplain in 1951 at the Jin Hae Mariners Hospital, in 1953 he was the pastor at Jin Joo; SaNam Methodist; 1963 MaSan: Shin Heung Methodist; 1965 Director, Methodist Women’s Welfare center (BuSan); Sep. 1984 Dallas; First Korean as an associate pastor. And in April 1985 he came to Michigan where he served as the pastor of the Detroit, First Central Korean church, and at the Mt Clemens New Church Development. In 1989 Chang transferred to the Detroit Annual Conference where he served at the Mt Clements Korean Mission until his retirement.
REV. NANCY G. SPARKS Nancy was born in Highland Park, MI on November 8, 1933, the daughter of Harold and Helen F. (Woodward) Fox. Helen and Nancy eventually lived in Ontonagon where Helen re-married Robert Leslie. She was in her late forties before graduating from Ontonagon High School after rearing a family of five children. She was appointed as a Full-time Local Pastor in 1985 to Crystal Falls Christ and Amasa Grace UMCs. During that time she was joined in marriage to Rev. Wayne E Sparks in Crystal Falls Christ UMC. Nancy was a Life Member of the Order of the Eastern Star, she was active with the Al-Anon organization, she worked with the Barbara Gundlach Shelter Home, the Phoenix House in Calumet, children’s Puppet and Clowning Ministries (including Mime VBS), she was a Co-Dean at Camp Michigamme and loved spending time at the ELCA Fortune Lake Bible Camp. Nancy experienced God’s creation through fishing, hunting, berry-picking, gardening, camping, and mushrooming. Surviving are her husband Wayne of White Pine; children, David Fredrickson; Dan (Suzanne) Fredrickson; Laura (Bob Hendrickson) Fredrickson; Denise (Rev. Michael)
Laakko of Crystal Falls; stepchildren: Deborah (Cameron) Lauseng; Nathan Sparks; Peter (Sandra) Sparks; Bess Anne (Bob) Wonnacott; nine-grandchildren and four-great grandchildren, She joins in death her parents and a daughter Diana Harry Goshorn. Nancy died on March 4, 2013 at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility in Ishpeming, MI after 27-courageous years suffering from Parkinson Disease. She was 79.
REV. KONSTANTIN WIPP Konstantin was born on the island of Saaremma, Estonia on November 15, 1912, a son of the late Martin and Sophia (Lember) Wipp, where he lived for the first 4 years of his life. His family lived with Grandma and Grandpa Wipp as his father was drafted into the Russian army. He started school at the age of 8, going six days a week, but having 4 months off in the summer to work on the family farm. At the age of 14 Kon took over the family garden and still enjoyed gardening into his retirement. At 17 he became interested in religion and at 18 joined the Methodist church despite his family being Russian orthodox. In 1936 he began university studies learning to speak English and Russian, preaching part time in preparation of seminary. While there he met his future wife Engla, they were married on Feb. 8, 1940 later followed by the birth of their daughter, Tiiu. In 1944 Kon was drafted into the German army but due to illness never had to fight for the Germans. On Sept. 21, 1944 he was captured by the German Marines and sent to a prison camp. He escaped to Sweden on a Navy ship, entered into Scandinavian seminary, graduated in 1947. In 1948 he was ordained as a minister in the Swedish Conference of the Methodist Church. During that time his wife died of TB and his daughter was raised by her aunt. Kon came to the United States through New York on July 1, 1949. Kon came to Michigan to be near a friend in the Upper Peninsula and served there until his retirement in 1978. It was there he met his future wife Ethel (Newberg) Hill, and they were married on August 2, 1953. He is survived by his daughters Tiiu of Estonia (they were reunited in 1991) and Sandra (William) Mannisto; a son Dan; seven grandchildren and several great grandchildren. Kon died at the Omega House in Houghton on Friday August 3, 2012 3 months shy of his 100th birthday. When he died he was the holder of the â€œConference Caneâ€? award to the oldest living pastor still residing within the Detroit Annual Conference.
CLERGY SPOUSES MRS. E. MARIE FENTON Marie was born in Deer Park. Washington on February 19, 1914. Because Fenton, Michigan was named after Ellis Fenton’s great grandfather’s brother, it was befitting for Marie to marry Ellis Fenton at the First Baptist Church in Fenton on July 15, 1938. Ellis Fenton preceded her in death. April’s life was centered on God’s call to action in everything. She helped everyone around her to learn and grow in Christ. Her love for God and others carried her through many life obstacles and a lengthy illness that didn’t stop her from doing anything God led her to do. Her many ministries included raising her children, and working full-time. She served her local church in a variety of leadership roles. For a period of time, the Methodist Church owned W.M.R.P, a Genesee County Radio station, upon which Marie hosted her own radio program, “Woman’s World”. Marie and her family enjoyed many family vacations traveling, boating, camping, and fishing. Their home was always welcome to anyone needing a holiday family to share a meal with. We celebrate her strength, compassion, and dedication. Marie died Monday, October 29, 2012 at Argentine Care Center. She was 98.
MRS. BARBARA SHIPLEY Barbara Jean McCullough was born January 20, 1941 to Luther and Lirlee (Thomas) McCullough in New York City. At the age of 14 while still in “socks” she met the love of her life Anthony Jerome Shipley (Tony) at Metropolitan Community Methodist Church. A dedicated mother, Barbara gave up teaching until their only child Cornelia started elementary school. Barbara returned to work as a School Psychologist in the Detroit Public School System where she worked for 21 years. An avid traveler Barbara and Tony traveled the world extensively visiting Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia, and China in addition to the Caribbean and extensive travel within the U.S. including both Alaska and Hawaii. In 2000, Barbara retired (for the first time) from the Detroit Public School system and went on to support Tony�s vision as the first school psychologist and social worker for Chandler Park Academy, the school Tony founded as a result of seeing the love Barbara had for children and education. In 2007, Barbara retired (permanently this time) and focused on the things that brought her joy. Barbara Jean Shipley departed this life on Thursday October 4, 2012 at 2:24pm at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta, GA. Left to mourn is her devoted husband Tony, loving daughter Cornelia and her husband William Bearyman.
MRS. MARY STUTTE-HOCKING She was born July 10, 1913 in Nanticoke, PA, the daughter of John and Mary (Roberts) Curran. In October of 1988 she married Rev. Reginald S. Hocking and he preceded her in death on February 7, 1999. Mary was one of the first residents of Brecon Village in Saline and was a member of the Saline United Methodist Church. She had an extensive career in advertising and worked at The Daily Tribune, Michigan Bell Telephone Company, and Campbell-Ewald Advertising Company. Mary was also a member of the Saline Womans’ Club, Friends of the Library of Saline, a member of the Saline Historical Society, and a volunteer at St. Josephs in Saline. She is survived by three daughters, eleven grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death in addition to her husband Reginald by husbands 303
William Sullivan, Thomas Stutte, and a dear companion Kenneth Volz of Saline. Mary died on July 5, 2012 just 5 days short of her 99th birthday.
MRS. FAYE THOMPSON Faye was born on December 13, 1914 in Cadillac, MI to the late William and Mary (Coulson) Sandow. Faye was an active member of First United Methodist Church for 71 years. She served as the President of United Methodist Women and on the official board of the church. She was Past Matron of the former Temple-Glen Chapter No. 125 O.E.S. and was a current member of Sharon Chapter No. 20 O.E.S. On December 21, 1932, she married the Rev. Herbert W. Thompson and he preceded her in death on November 16, 1992. She is survived by three children, nine grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren her husband, the Rev. Herbert W. Thompson, preceded her in death. They were married nearly 60 years. She is survived by three children, nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. Faye passed away at her home on January 10, 2013, she was 98 years old.
MRS. JUNE D. THORNTON June Dorothea Thornton passed away Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at the age of 81, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. June’s joy came with her daughters and the amazing man she was married to for over 50 years. She also had joy in being part of the various congregations where the conference sent them. Even after retirement, June was delighted to call them “family”. June, affectionately known to some as “June Bug”, was born June 16, 1931; Dear wife of the late Rev. Bob Thornton; loving Mother to, Bonnie (Bill) Bertchinger, Sherry (wife of the late Carl) Wessman, Marsha (Carlos) Nogueira, Bobbie (Charlie) Meehan, Kimberly (Vivian) McAughey. Also survived by ex-son-in-law Scott McAughey; grandchildren, Jodie (Brian) Cramer, LeeAnne (Shannon) Darrow, Jeremy Bodary and Jared Bodary; gramma-great to, Mason Darrow and Ian Cramer. June loved reading, bowling and was a baseball fan of the Detroit Tigers. As a “minister’s wife”, June exemplified Christ’s presence in every community she lived in. Her daughters find comfort knowing instead of ‘biting her nails and worrying about her girls’ she’s ‘walking the streets of Heaven with their Dad’ and meeting ‘Our Father’. With the faith June brought to her family many years ago, they know their ‘Mom will forever remain close’.
MRS. ROSEMARY TOWNSEND Rosemary was born on August 20, 1932 to Richard C. and Merrible M. Williamson in Flint , Michigan. Rosemary loved to serve the Lord. Upon completion of her husband’s theological education, (Rev. Ted. Townsend) they headed for The Last Frontier, Alaska. Her dedication to the service of the Lord would take her to four continents not only North America, but India, Asia, Sierra Leone, Africa, Russia and in Europe. She was a born teacher, teaching everything from babies with vision problems to graduate students in theology. She died on September 3, 2012 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. One of the tributes at her memorial stated, “She did as much as she could for as long as she could.”
MR. TERRY WIK Terry was born February 26, 1942 in Pontiac, Michigan and worked for Ford Motor Co. for 32 years. He was the husband of Carolyn for 48 years, father of Larry (Jennifer) Wik, Kathryn (Gary) Kaczor, John (Abby) Wik, and grandfather of James, Aaron, Alissa, Sarah, and Emma Wik and Andrew Kaczor. Terry was a hard-working, affectionate man who loved God and his family. His wife feels certain that he would consider his three children his greatest achievement. He was known for his warm greetings and was affectionately called “the church hugger.” He had an especially soft spot for children and often looked like the Pied Piper as he went about his work. His family feels certain with Terry’s gentle smile and warm embrace, God must have him on heaven’s welcoming committee. Terry died July 27, 2012 at Botsford Hospital, he was 70 years old.
LAITY MRS. ANN WILOUGHBY ANSELM Ann’s greatest passion in life was helping others. She would jump at the chance to help for whatever reason and without a second thought if anyone was in need. She frequently made donations to various organizations and at any given time would have one load of items ready to be donated with one load on the back-burner. She worked as a caregiver to elderly citizens for Autumn Life, LLC, where she provided non-medical services to seniors in addition to companionship and unconditional love, which she showed to all people she met. Ann was a very involved member of Clawson United Methodist Church, of Clawson, MI. She liked to help out at the church in any way she could and at whatever time she was needed, and particularly enjoyed decorating for the seasons. Ann passed away on October 25, 2012 at the age of 57.
MS. PATRICIA DONALDSON Patricia enjoyed being with family. She was helpful and a private person. She volunteered with joy for community organizations and her church. She taught Bible School for many years and was active in the United Methodist Women. She has held offices at the Local, District and Conference level, including most recently chairperson of the nominations committee. One of her greatest joys was serving as Dean of the School of Christian Missions. Patricia loved attending family reunions, sewing, crafts and shopping. Her sister misses sitting together in church and attending activities together, and especially the good conversations. Patricia was born October 11th, 1944, and passed away on July 27, 2012 at the age of 67. She was greatly loved, and will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
MRS. APRIL THORNTON April went home to the Lord on July 23, 2012 at U of M Hospital, Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was 49 years old. April was born April 7, 1963 in Owosso to Floyd and Linda (Rohde) Schmitter. April’s life was centered on God’s call to action in everything. She helped everyone around her to learn and grow in Christ. Her love for God and others carried her through many life obstacles and a lengthy illness that didn’t stop her from doing anything God led her to do. Her many ministries included raising her children, and working full-time. She served her local church in a variety of leadership roles. She married Glenn Thornton on April 7, 1990. April was a member of St. Charles United Methodist Church. She enjoyed scrapbooking and spending time with family. April is survived by her husband, Glenn and their children, Carlene (Daniel) Abbey, Kelsey Thornton, and Nolan Thornton; her father Floyd (Virginia) Schmitter and brother, Nathan (Christina) Schmitter and several nieces and nephews.
ROLL OF DECEASED CLERGY MEMBERS For Roll of Deceased prior to June 1968 see Conference Journal of 1968 page 212 from June 1968 through 1971 see Conference Journal of 1973 page 784 from 1972 through March 1976 see Conference Journal of 1976 page 378 from April 1976 through June 1989 see Conference Journal of 1989 page 1067 from June 1989 through March 1992 see Conference Journal of 1992 page 294 from June 1992 through December 1992 see Conference Journal of 1993 page 329 from January 1993 through December 1993 see Conference Journal of 1995 page 315 from January 1994 through December 1996 see Conference Journal of 1997 page 300 from January 1997 through December 1998 see Conference Journal of 1999 page 280 from January 1999 through December 2000 see Conference Journal of 2000 page 261 from January 2001 through December 2001 see Conference Journal of 2002 page 247 from January 2002 through December 2002 see Conference Journal of 2004 page 233 from January 2003 through December 2003 see Conference Journal of 2006 page 224 from January 2004 through December 2004 see Conference Journal of 2007 page 225 from January 2005 through December 2006 see Conference Journal of 2008 page 207 from January 2007 through December 2008 see Conference Journal of 2009 page 202 from January 2009 through March 2011 see Conference Journal of 2011 page 299 from June 2011 through May 3, 2012 see Conference Journal of 2012 page 297
Date of Death
Place of Death
Braid, James C. Park, Chang E.
May 21, 2012 June 13, 2012
Hartland San Francisco
Ferrigan, Wayne C. Meyers, Richard L. Higgins, Howard Wipp, Konstantin
June 17, 2012 June 24, 2012 July 11, 2012 August 3, 2012
Saginaw Hastings Houghton
64 75 84 99
Jensen, Wayne D. Leineke, Frank R. Neil, Mary F Hall, Donald E. Cormicle, Shirley A. Cowing, Kendall W. Amstutz, Paul L. Sparks, Nancy G.
October 14, 2012 December 15, 2012 December 17, 2012 December 18, 2012 January 29, 2013 February 4, 2013 February 5, 2013 March 4, 2013
Frankenmuth Detroit Loveland, CO Durand, MI Goodrich, MI Charlotte, NC Flint Ishpeming
78 87 87 85 72 84 85 79
Conference & Admission Date Detroit, 1956 Korean Methodist, 1950 Detroit, 1973 Detroit, 1956 Swedish Conf., 1939 Detroit, 1961 Detroit, 1952 Detroit, 1982 Detroit, 1959 Detroit, 1993 Detroit, 1952 Detroit, 1957 Detroit, 1985
CONFERENCE CANE The Conference Cane was created and first presented in 1904. It is presented to the oldest ordained elder of the Detroit Conference who has served at least 35 active years in the conference and is currently residing within the bounds of the conference. The Commission on Archives and History sponsors the presentation. The body of the cane is made of wood from the church in Adrian where the Detroit Conference was organized in 1856. There are inserts of wood representing different historical periods of the conference. These inserts include: wood from the first Methodist Episcopal Church erected in Michigan in 1818 at River Rouge; wood from the desk of Reverend Seth Reed, who was custodian of the cane and died at the age of 100; wood from the tree near the resting place of Barbara Heck, a pioneering Methodist woman in America; wood from the church where Judson Collins, our first missionary to China, was converted; and wood from the pulpit used by Robert Strawbridge, the pioneer of Methodism on the American continent. Current holder of the Conference Cane: Allen J. Lewis Previous Conference Cane holders and year presented: Francis Asbury Blades, 1904; Seth Reed, 1905; Phillip I. Wright, 1924; David Casler, 1928; David B. Millar, 1929; James E. Jacklin, 1941; Samuel Graves, 1944; George Tripp, 1948; Thomas Mott, 1950; Carl S. Risley, 1951; David N. Earl, 1953; Edwin D. Dimond, 1954; James T.M. Stephens, 1959; H. Addis Leeson, 1960; Richard C.G. Williams, 1964;Charles Bragg, 1966; William A. Gregory, 1967; Frank Purdy, 1971; Henry I. Voelker, 1973; Russel D. Hopkins, 1975; Benjamin F. Holmes,1984; Myron Robinson Everett, 1990; George MacDonald Jones, 1993; Walter C.B. Saxman, 1998; Ira Leslie Wood, 2002; Alvin Burton, 2003; Konstantin Wipp, 2005; Allen J. Lewis, 2013
HISTORICAL STATEMENT Sessions of the Detroit Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church
No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45
Date June 09, 1969 June 11, 1970 June 08, 1971 June 07, 1972 June 06, 1973 June 05, 1974 June 04, 1975 June 02, 1976 June 08, 1977 June 07, 1978 June 06, 1979 June 03, 1980 June 02, 1981 June 01, 1982 June 07, 1983 June 12, 1984 June 04, 1985 June 03, 1986 June 02, 1987 June 07, 1988 June 06, 1989 June 05, 1990 June 04, 1991 June 02, 1992 June 08, 1993 June 07, 1994 June 06, 1995 June 04, 1996 June 03, 1997 June 02, 1998 May 21, 1999 May 19, 2000 May 18, 2001 May 17, 2002 May 16, 2003 May 21, 2004 May 20, 2005 May 19, 2006 May 18, 2007 May 17, 2008 May 16, 2009 May 20, 2010 May 19, 2011 May 17, 2012 May 16, 2013
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Bishop Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Dwight E. Loder Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Edsel A. Ammons Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Judith Craig Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Donald A. Ott Linda Lee Linda Lee Linda Lee Linda Lee Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Jonathan D. Keaton Deborah L. Kiesey
Clergy Secretary Members A. Gray 768 A. Gray 700 A. Gray 695 J.W. Bray 795 J.W. Bray 786 J.W. Bray 700 J.W. Bray 698 J.W. Bray 691 J.W. Bray 663 J.W. Bray 664 J.W. Bray 650 J.H. Bunce 683 J.H. Bunce 678 J.H. Bunce 684 J.H. Bunce 685 J.H. Bunce 671 J.H. Bunce 666 J.H. Bunce 701 J.H. Bunce 695 J. Schairer 679 J. Schairer 687 J. Schairer 705 J. Schairer 708 J. Schairer 706 M.J.Jewell 707 M.J.Jewell 730 M.J.Jewell 754 M.J.Jewell 714 D.Hammond 759 D.Hammond 775 D. Hammond 768 D. Hammond 769 L. A. Schramm 778 L. A. Schramm 727 L. A. Schramm 772 L. A. Schramm 717 L. A. Schramm 736 L. A. Schramm 737 L.A. Schramm 746 L.A. Schramm 732 Tracy N. Huffman 726 Tracy N. Huffman 726 Tracy N. Huffman 735 Tracy N. Huffman 724 Tracy N. Huffman 717
Conf. Members 182,203 186,581 184,173 176,374 171,658 166,384 159,689 155,450 151,823 149,570 146,514 146,309 143,632 141,992 137,589 131,019 128,540 125,637 123,157 120,856 118,081 116,661 115,355 113,915 113,066 111,553 110,385 108,585 107,520 105,121 104,813 104,735 104,364 103,990 105,351 104,668 103,777 102,428 100.384 100,441 96,951 96,825 92,626 92,573 88,749
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COVENANT RELATIONSHIP “Partnership in Mission” LIBERIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH AND THE DETROIT ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH Be it resolved that the Detroit Annual Conference approve the following Covenant of Partnership in Ministry and Working Understandings with the Liberia Annual Conference. The Covenant Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul... and with all your mind.” This is the greatest commandment. And a second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” (NRSV Mt. 22:37-39) The Liberia Annual Conference and the Detroit Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church desire to seek God’s will together as we reach out to the world’s peoples in both our countries and conferences. Remembering Jesus’ words, we agree to establish a Partnership in Ministry between our two conferences, and do hereby covenant to: 1. Support each other by our prayers and gifts of mind, body and wealth. 2. Educate the laity and clergy of both conferences about the faith; ethnic groups, tribes and races; customs; social issues; geography; politics and other aspects of both countries. We shall seek, while learning from each other, to develop connections between individuals, families, communities, and congregations. 3. Seek opportunities for two-way visitations and Volunteers in Mission teams. 4. Find creative ways in which we can support each other through the established Channels of The United Methodist Church. 5. Evaluate our Partnership in Ministry relationship quadrennially. Working Understandings 1.
The Partnership in Ministry between the Liberia Annual Conference and the Detroit Annual Conference is a mutually agreed upon relationship. The boards and agencies of the two conferences will be involved in its implementation and evaluation. Any change in this covenant requires mutual agreement. The conference Board of Global Ministries will represent the Detroit Annual Conference while the Liberia Annual Conference will be represented by its executive committee. Each entity shall designate the persons that will represent it in the administering and evaluation of this covenant. Coordination of all partnership activities within a conference shall be the responsibility of the respective conference. The sister conference may appoint a representative to coordinate the work with those responsible within the conference. Any request for funding shall be for projects that have been approved by the United Methodist Committee on Relief, as General Advance Specials by the
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Advance Committee of the General Council on Ministries or by both the Liberia and Detroit Annual Conferences. All projects shall be socially just and ecologically sustainable. In regard to Volunteers in Mission teams and visitations, efforts shall be made to a. Encourage our people to work side by side in both countries. b. See that teams not displace indigenous labor. c. Seek opportunities for visitations of persons from both conferences. d. Have any groups from either of the two conferences be inclusive as applicable with regard to race, tribe, age, sex, financial capability, clergy, laity and geographical areas.
Approved by the Liberia Annual Conference 1997. Signed for the Liberia Annual Conference, Arthur Flumo Kwlah, Bishop Approved by the Detroit Annual Conference 1997. Signed for the Detroit Annual Conference, Benjamin Bohnsack, Chair, Board of Ministries
EXCERPTS FROM THE JANUARY 5-15, 2012 REPORT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT, KOKOYAH DISTRICT CONFERENCE LIBERIA ANNUAL CONFERENCE, THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH The Kokoyah District is highly pleased to commend God first and the Rev. Dr. John G. Innis, Bishop of the Liberia Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church for our appointment as the seventh District Superintendent for Kokoyah. Commendation also goes to the Detroit Annual Conference, USA and the Illinois Great River Conference for their humane and passionate partnership support to the Mission and Ministry of our District and Church. They are indeed true United Methodists with open hearts and minds.... We are thankful to God first and to the Detroit Annual Conference for granting to two of our female students four years scholarship in the field of nursing. The scholarship is called â€œDouglar Rench Memorial Scholarship.â€? This scholarship was work out or put into place by Rev. Billie Rench of the Owosso UMC (sic.) of the Detroit Annual Conference. May the Almighty God continue to bless the work of their hands. Also the Quest UMC, the Grace Urbana UMC, the Tuscola UMC and other churches of the IGRC are also in constant support of our village scholarship and reconstruction programs, which we are very much grateful to God and to these partners for their love and support. Thanks to the Detroit Annual Conference who is also supporting our village scholarship program and our pastor salary support program. Not a pastor on our District would tell you that they have not benefitted from this program. God bless our partners.... Rev. Benedict Greene, Sr.
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COVENANT RELATIONSHIP “Partnership in Mission” HAITI DISTRICT OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN THE CARIBBEAN AND THE AMERICAS AND THE MICHIGAN AREA OF THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH In thankful recognition and faithful allegiance to the Holy Spirit’s call, that equips and enables the Church Community to be in ministry and mission, we join in partnership for Christ, and we respond in faith and love by reaching beyond boundaries in mutual servanthood. The Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church join together their gifts and graces in a shared vision of ministry. Together we share in the general concept of ministry expressed by a community of faith responding to Christ’s mandate of word and deed, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (“Lespri Bondie-a sou mouin. Li chouazi-m pou-m anonse bon nouvel la bav pov vo. Li vove-m pou-m fe tout prizornie you konnin vo lage, pou-m fe tout aveg yo konnin yo kabab oue anko, pou-m delivre moun vao maltrete vo, pou-m fe koninn le-a rive pou Bondie vi-n delivre pep Iia”) Luke 4:18-19. Our purpose and objective for formalizing our covenant in mission acknowledges our history together in following the Biblical imperative to proclaim, preach, release, recover, and serve as Christ’s people in a waiting and wanting world. Our evoked relationship is also expressed in our Wesleyan tradition that proclaims that the world is our parish. This relationship has been experienced through many years of bonded commitment that has established lasting friendships and the exchange of a cooperative spirit of servanthood. We enter into this partnership relationship recognizing that neither the Haiti District nor the Michigan Area exists as an autonomous entity but that the Haiti District is one of the eight Districts which comprise the Conference of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and, likewise, the Michigan Area is but one of the several areas which constitute the United Methodist Church. We shall conduct this partner relationship with each partner respecting this same basic relationship which exists on the one hand between the Haiti District and the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and, on the other hand, the Michigan Area and the United Methodist Church as well as the existing Concordat between the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and the United Methodist Church. We also acknowledge the years of cooperation expressed by UMCOR in the compassionate ministry to help people to help themselves. We celebrate a long history of work312
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ing and sharing Christ’s vision for his church. In this symbolic compact of cooperation and respect, we affirm our statement of purpose: 1. The general terms of this cooperative vision between the Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church will be in accord with the covenant already in place between the MCCA (Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas) and the United Methodist Church. 2. The cooperative projects and programs in which we enter will be those initiated by the Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas and in accord with the General Board of Global Ministries and UMCOR. The Michigan Area will not enter in or initiate in Haiti any projects and/or programs without the full approval of the leadership of the Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. 3. The sending of volunteer in Mission persons from the Michigan Area will be to cooperate in projects in agreement with the Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. No volunteer should displace a worker in Haiti; every effort should be made to hire and employ local workers. It is further required that work teams from both autonomous churches work together on projects. 4. a. The financial arrangements could be channeled through the General Board of Global Ministries, for approved Advance Specials. b. Churches and VIM teams are requested to remit all funds for Haiti through the treasurers’ offices of the Detroit or West Michigan Annual Conferences and send a report of all activities and funds to the Haiti Task Force. c. Funds or commitments of support should not be given without the approval of the Chairperson of the Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. 5. There shall be both an exchange of information and an established process to evaluate the various projects and their socio-economic and spiritual impact. It is hoped that a representative group from each church body will review the progress of this partnership commitment with regular visitation teams. 6. There shall be an exchange of leadership between the Michigan Area and the Eglise Methodiste d’Haiti. Encounter and work teams shall itinerate throughout both connections to interpret the work and to cultivate support. 7. All persons visiting Haiti or Michigan shall have an orientation program in order to be familiar with the culture and the moral standards of the host church. 8. The Michigan Area Task Force on Haiti and the Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas will work together in preparation of a “Needs Lists” for supplies and materials to be sent to Haiti. This “Needs Lists” will be made available to all congregations in the Michigan Area. 9. The Michigan Area will actively encourage missionary support through the General Board of Global Ministries for those serving in Haiti to assist the Haitian Church to employ national church workers. (Global Partners In Mission PIM) 10. We will encourage all our congregations to offer prayers of intercession on the first Sunday of each month. We will be in prayer for one another, our shared programs and for those who labor together for Christ in our own places of calling. 11. All those traveling to Haiti and Michigan are required to be in accordance with the policies of the Michigan Area and the Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas for Foreign and domestic sponsored mission
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encounter teams. This policy will require proper identification, insurance coverage, health coverage, and other documents required by national VIM, and proper orientation and preparation for a cultural encounter. It is suggested that an opportunity for debriefing be provided for those returning from the mission experience. 12. It is agreed that all United Methodist Church Ministers who are to be sent out to serve in the Haiti District under the auspices of this Covenant shall do so only under the General Board of Global Ministries through which agency the negotiations with the Haiti Conference of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and Americas shall be conducted. No minister shall serve or function as a resident minister whose status has not been cleared by the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas. 13. It is understood that one of the main objectives of this covenant is the development of mutual understanding, friendship and solidarity between the two communities by building bridges in the sharing of gifts and graces as well as experiences, concerns and hopes. Lastly, we look forward to this covenant relationship which will help us mutually to broaden our vision and make us more sensitive to the evils of hunger, injustice, persecution and exploitation at the local and global levels and to the necessity of building a more just and sustainable world. The Haitian Church continues to be a vital witness of what Godâ€™s people can do when they hold high the vision of hope. Their vision of hope has enabled them to build an impressive network of churches, schools, health care facilities and dedicated leadership to communicate that hope. The vision of hope has remained strong and vital even when oppressed and dominated by political and economic structures. The Michigan Area and the Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas join hands to fight against evil and injustice in their own communities. We give thanks to almighty God for this shared spiritual journey. The Reverend Moise L. D. Isidore, General Superintendent and Chairperson Haiti District of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas Bishop Donald Ott, Resident Bishop of the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church The Reverend George Grettenberger, Chairperson - Board of Global Ministries of the West Michigan Conference The Reverend Gordon Nusz, Chairperson - Board of Global Ministries of the Detroit Conference The Methodist Church of Haiti would like to conclude an agreement with the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church, USA. It has been our experience that, agreements for a duration of two-three years are not as successful as they could be, due to the difficulties posed by problems of economic deterioration, political unrest, and a weak infrastructure. Seeking new funding to support programs every two or three years is disruptive as financial support is subject to the varying interest and availability of donors. Moreover, the work in the grassroots communities, with the goal to empower them to be self sufficient, requires long-term investments which the short-term agreements are unable to accomplish. In the view of these facts and wanting to solve these kinds of problems,
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the Methodist Church of Haiti and the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church have come to the following agreement for a period of ten years. The Church is involved in many programs and sectors of activities that impact the lives of the Haitian people. In the current environment of economic and political instability, we feel it is necessary to narrow our focus to concentrate in those areas where our efforts can have the most impact. If the situation in Haiti improves to an era of relative stability we will consider expanding our efforts in other social sectors. However, for the time being we want this agreement to cover only four major components of cooperation and coordination: 1.
Training for Lay Leaders A program for the training of lay ministers strengthening their faith and enabling them to support the Christian families in these times of instability is needed. This program will assist in strengthening the faithful and especially promote the evangelical expansion of the Church. In addition, mental stress is high in the communities due to the .instability in the country and this training will make our ministers stronger in supporting and encouraging the faithful.
Micro-Credit Program in association with Community Banks This component aims at financing and processing activities such as agricultural production, animal husbandry and grain storage. Individuals reached by this component (15,000 individuals in 476 groups) are for the largest part women organized in entities called community savings banks. Currently the Church works with close to 400 community banks around the country of which over 90% of the membership are made up of women. Support for this program would be investing in sustainable micro-enterprises and animal husbandry programs that would result in increased income for the families and the further empowerment of women within their communities.
School Hot Lunch and School Health Education Programs The Church has 105 schools in the country serving over 18,000 children. Support for the Hot Lunch Program is vital to ensure nutritional support to those children most in need, particularly to those students in rural areas. We need to increase donor awareness of this program as a combination of weaker support and the high inflation of the Haitian gourde has resulted in the necessity of severe cutbacks in the frequency and quantity of the feedings. We need support for the School health Education Program to improve health education practices among school children who can then act as promoters of good health practices within their own families and communities.
Support for Lobbying and Advocacy for the Methodist Church of Haiti to increase awareness of the needs of the Church and the Haitian people. We would like to see increased awareness of our programs not only within the Michigan Area but also within all the Conferences of the United Methodist Church in the United States. We would like to see support for a US national working in Haiti to develop closer working relationships between the Church in Haiti and the Conferences in the United States. This
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person would promote local programs supported by the Church and be a liaison to improve coordination and communication between the Church here and our brothers and sisters in the U.S. Each of the components listed above will need to be supported by detailed objectives, strategies and time lines for evaluation and review. I hope that it is possible that working together we can reach common ground allowing a long-term commitment that will be beneficial and rewarding to us both.