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Introduction to Compass


Join Rev Joel Walther, Director of Conference Benefits & Coordinator of HR, online July 8th or 9th to learn about the newly adopted Compass Retirement Plan that will take effect… Continue Reading Introduction to Compass

Love grounds vibrant congregations

Dirk Elliott

As he enters retirement, Rev. Dirk Elliott gives thanks for the conference ministry he’s helped lead and looks ahead to the ongoing work of congregational vibrancy.

Emerson to retire at year’s end

Camp director with campers

Deacon Ann Emerson reflects on retiring after serving as Director of the Lake Huron Retreat Center for over two decades.

Keep Christ in the center


Nearing retirement, Rev. John Hice reflects on his hope-filled seminary days, the challenging intervening years, and how he’s kept his ministry focus on Christ.

Emmert to retire from conference staff

Man speaking at Annual Conference

The Rev. Donald J. Emmert, Director of Benefits and Human Resources for the Michigan Conference, will retire, effective July 1.

Pastor appreciation from a preacher in the pew

Woman preaching from pulpit

Retired pastor Jack Harnish reflects on what it means to be a preacher in the pew during Pastor Appreciation Month.

Bishop Laurie Haller to retire

Bishop Laurie Haller

Bishop Laurie Haller of the Iowa Conference announced that she plans to retire at the end of 2022, after being on medical leave following a February 16 fall that resulted… Continue Reading Bishop Laurie Haller to retire

Pastor honored for 60 years of service

The family of Rev. Lowell Walsworth surrounds the retired pastor.

The 60-year ministry of Rev. Dr. Lowell “Wally” Walsworth was recently celebrated at a Ministry Sunday service where a seminary scholarship in his honor was also announced.

A Michigan United Methodist reflects on 54 years

Kay DeMoss and her parents at Vicksburg UMC.

A teenager when The United Methodist Church was born, Kay DeMoss celebrates how God and humans have been at work together in Michigan for the past half century.

Wespath assures security of benefits

Wespath looks ahead

Andy Hendren, CEO of Wespath, the benefits and investment agency of The United Methodist Church, states, “Wespath is ready to support you through any changes.”

The Michigan Conference