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Ancestor comes home to Hale

Hale resident Amy Alberts with Benton Heisler

The Plainfield Township Historical Commission in Hale, MI will soon have a copy of a photo of Sodney Mukkukoosh, a Native American resident revered in the early 20th century.

Perez begins as DCM October 1

Rev. Paul Perez speaks at an Interfaith Event in Dearborn

The Rev. Paul Perez will assume the role of Michigan Conference Director of Connectional Ministries three months earlier than previously announced.

Words from the workshop

Old drill in a workshop

The Rev. Benton Heisler calls pondering life alone with God in your favorite workshop a home improvement project. “We are living in that tension of the Kingdom of God being both here and now … This is not our eternal home.”

Bishop announces DCM transition

Bishop announces the retirement of Benton Heisler

After 12 years of service as the Director of Connectional Ministry, the Rev. Benton Heisler will retire at the end of 2020. Bishop David Bard has appointed the Rev. Paul Perez as the new DCM in Michigan.

Time to wade into the waves

Man wading in waves

Ten years ago the Heisler family spent time in the waves of Lake Michigan. Much has changed but individuals and congregations continue to ride the waves of change. “Put on your gear!”

Michigan thanks lay leaders

Lay Leaders at ordination

Conference leaders join in celebrating the faithful service of Anne Soles and John Wharton, who served together as Lay Leaders of The Michigan Conference since 2016.

Picking the fruit of kindness

picking fruit

The Rev. Benton Heisler invites pastors and laity to stay focused on our common mission as we approach the Virtual 2020 Michigan Annual Conference.

Owning the disaster of racism

agree to combat racism

The Rev. Benton Heisler lifts the mission of The Michigan Conference as a means of aligning attention and resources in the long-haul battle against racism.

‘Cut at the knot’ and other lessons

A knot on each hay bale in the wagon

As the word “essential” takes on daily meaning during the health crisis, the Rev. Benton Heisler recalls an early lesson taught in the barn by a knot in the twine.

History, hope and healing

Hand offers hope of healing

The Rev. Benton Heisler looks to the Easter promise and  prays for the healing of our sin-sick souls in the midst of the COVID-19 health and economic crises.