I am delighted to be with you, the people of New Hudson United Methodist Church and the community of New Hudson. I want to take this opportunity to let you know some things about myself as we begin our journey together making disciples of all people.
I attended the Detroit Public Schools for the first 8 years of my education. I then transferred to Detroit Lutheran West for my high school years. My switch from a public school environment to a parochial school helped me to prepare for my years of seminary training.
I felt my call to ministry when I was in Confirmation class in the 7th and 8th grades. I believed that pastoral ministry was the best vehicle to help people establish a relationship with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Once I finished high school I attended Concordia College in Ann Arbor for one year. I then transferred to Wayne State University where I earned my bachelor’s degree. From there I received my Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. I served Lutheran churches in St. Louis, New Orleans, Edwardsville (IL), and Houston. After these experiences I returned home to Detroit and served Lutheran churches in Allen Park and River Rouge. While back in the Metro Detroit area I also pursued my Masters of Arts degree in communication and did doctoral work at Wayne State.
In the early 1990’s I began to feel a greater need for inclusiveness in my pastoral ministry. An ecumenical spirit became a passion in my spiritual journey. The expanding role of women in the church and the UMC emphasis of “open minds, open doors and open hearts” moved me to decide to switch my credentials to the United Methodist denomination.
My first UMC congregations were Dearborn Heights and Stephens UMC (a two- point charge). This ministry lasted 16 years. I have just completed 4 years of service at Walled Lake UMC. I will begin serving New Hudson UMC as of July 1, 2016.
My family includes my wife, Darlene; son Rob; daughter Victoria; and granddaughter Elizabeth.
In the last 50 years I have played football, baseball and mainly basketball in over 200 venues in the United States.
I will strive to lead you in putting your faith into action and energizing you in your own journey of faith.
Sarah L. Dowdell has served as our Administrative Assistant for several years.
Bill Kinney is a public school mathematics instructor, who is also our gifted keyboardist. His talents are used to enhance our worship experience and accompany our chancel choir.
Beverly Jarrell is our director of the Chancel Choir, as well as a gifted organist. Her talents have been used in the service of our faith nearly her entire life. She is married to retired pastor Rev. George Jarrell.
Her knowledge of the history of hymns is indispensable.