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2018 Visiting Ministers

The 2018 season has concluded.  Please look for updates to this page regarding the 2019 visiting ministers in January 2019.


“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you are called to peace, and be thankful.”
Colossians 3:15

May 27, 2018 – Epworth Chaplain, Melody Johnson

Memorial Day Weekend
Continental Breakfast, 10am MDR

Rev. Melody Johnson will be the preacher for our 2018 season-opening morning worship service. A third-generation Epworthian, Melody and her family call WahWinGa cottage home. A graduate of Duke University and Duke Divinity School, she is ordained in the United Methodist Church, and has served churches in North Carolina and Michigan. She has worked as a marriage and family therapist, and directs a program of pastoral care and counseling for a consortium of 13 retirement communities and hospice. Married to Dr. Phil Johnson, she is the mother of three adult children and grandmother to six.


June 3, 2018 – Dr. Matthew Williams Lighthouse United Methodist Church, Boca Grande, Florida

Dr. Matthew William, the pastor of Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Boca Grande, Florida, is making his first visit to Epworth. Matthew served 15 years in music ministry in the Church before entering ordained ministry. He has served several churches in Florida, and is very active in International Mission.  Matthew is a graduate of Candler School of Theology. He is married to Joy, a gifted musician, who will sing during our service. Matt is the pastor for Jack and Donna Harms of Harmony Hill cottage.


June 10, 2018 – Dr. Tom Boogaart Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan

We welcome Dr. Thomas Boogaart of Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan, as our preacher for the day. Tom comes with great experience in studying and teaching both in the United States and also in the Netherlands. He is ordained in the Reformed Church of America, and concentrates his ministry on helping others see the world through the lens of Scripture and drawing closer to God. A gifted communicator, Tom’s activity in peace and justice ministries show in his forming The Bridge, a fair trade store in Holland, and the community Kitchen, a hot meal program served at the Seminary. Tom is accompanied on his first trip to Epworth by his wife, Judy.


June 17, 2018 – Dr. Matt Hook Dexter United Methodist Church, Dexter, Michigan

Epworth welcomes Dr. Matt Hook, senior pastor of Dexter United Methodist Church, as our preacher for the day. Matt is a native of Birmingham, Michigan, and a graduate of DePauw University, Garrett Seminary, and Asbury Seminary. Married to Leigh, they are the parents of four adult children. A gifted musician as well as a preacher, Matt works in the Church and World Evangelism to help persons envision things only God can do and then attempt to do them. Matt will preach our first Vespers service of the season on the beach at 8:30 PM. and lead Monday Musings in the Marine Dining Room at 10:00 AM.


June 24, 2018 – Rev. Molly Shivers Epworth Family Minister

We welcome Epworth’s own Rev. Molly Link Shivers to the Epworth pulpit. A third-generation Epworthian, Molly is the granddaughter of the late Forest Caldwell and Dorothy Caldwell Booz of Birch Cliff cottage, and the daughter of Ron and Sue Link of Holiday House cottage. Molly and her husband, David, and son live in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where Molly is the Director of Conflict Transformation Ministries of the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church. Molly will preach Vespers on the Beach at 8:30 PM and lead Monday Musings in the Marine Dining Room at 10:00 AM.


July 1, 2018 – Dr. Ken Nash Wesleyan Church of Hamburg, Hamburg, New York

We welcome Rev. Dr. Ken Nash back to the Epworth pulpit. This year he comes to us as Lead Pastor of the Wesleyan Church of Buffalo, New York. In his ministry there over the past five years Ken has overseen the launching of eleven new church plants around the country. In demand as a preacher, he gives particular wisdom to churches which are merging or developing new sites. He will be accompanied to Epworth by his wife, and at least one of their four children. Ken will preach Morning worship. Evening Vespers at 8:30 PM on the Beach, and lead Monday Musings at 10:00 AM in the Marine Dining Room.


July 8, 2018 – Dr. Ken Fong Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California

Dr. Ken Fong returns to Epworth from Fuller Theological Seminary, where he became an affiliate Associate Professor in 2014. Prior to that time he was the Senior Pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church in Los Angeles, leading that congregation to astounding growth and influence. Very active in InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Ken hosts a weekly podcast “Asian America: The Ken Fong Podcast,” He is married to Sharon and their daughter is now a college student. Dr. Fong will preach morning worship, Evening Vespers on the Beach at 8:30 PM and lead Monday Musings at 10:00 AM in the Marine Dining Room.


July 15, 2018 – Dr. Thomas Daniel Covenant Presbyterian, Austin, Texas

Epworth welcomes Dr. Thomas Daniel, senior pastor of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas. Prior to moving to Texas Tom served as co-pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Evanston, Illinois, and his ministry has also included organizing a new church plant which quickly grew from seven to 300 members. A graduate of Davidson College and Columbia Theological Seminary, he met his wife Beth, a native of Wales in the UK while teaching English in Japan, and they are the parents of two daughters. Dr. Daniel will preach Morning Worship, Vespers on the Beach at 8:30 PM and lead Monday Musings at 10:00 AM in the Marine Dining Room.


July 22, 2018 – Rev. Faith Fowler Cass Community United Methodist Church, Detroit, Michigan

Delightfully Rev. Faith Fowler returns to Epworth from Detroit, Michigan for her second visit. She is both the Pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services, a Detroit non-profit agency which responds to poverty with programs for food, health care, housing, and employment. She is a graduate of Albion College, where she is presently a Trustee, Boston School of Theology and University of Michigan where she serves as an adjunct professor. She loves to read, travel and run – she has completed the Boston Marathon four times! Faith will preach Morning worship, Evening Vespers on the Beach at 8:30 PM and lead Monday Musings at 10:00 AM in the Marine Dining Room.


July 29, 2018 – Tim Zimmerman & The Kings Brass

  • Vespers: Epworth Family Minister Rev. Bruce Pierce, with guest John Noltner
  • Musings: John Noltner, “A Peace of My Mind

We welcome back Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass for their third visit to Epworth. This group will blend together music and word to provide innovative worship for the morning! The instruments played by these talented professionals from all over the country are trumpet, trombones, tuba, keyboard, and percussion. You may find more information on them by visiting their website: www.kingsbrass.org.
Vespers on the Beach at 8:30 PM will bring our own Rev. Bruce Pierce to the pulpit. Now a retired Captain in the U.S. Navy, Bruce has served as a Naval Chaplain in California, Hawaii, Georgia, Italy, and Iceland. He also served churches as a United Methodist pastor in Michigan before entering the Navy. A graduate of Northwestern University, Drew Theological School and Michigan State University, Bruce has also worked for MCYM (ministry for youth in the Armed Services) since his retirement. He and Sandie are the parents of 6 children, and seven grandchildren who all call Happy Harbour cottage home at Epworth.
Monday Musings for July 30 will be led by our Artist-in-Residence, John Noltner. A speaker, photographer, author, trainer and discussion leader, John is responsible for “A Peace of My Mind: Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story at a Time” and will be at Epworth to help us explore the meaning of peace through our individual and our collective Epworth story. Join him at 10:00 AM in the Marine Dining Room. Be sure to visit the Marine Dining Room from Thursday, July 26th to Monday, July 30th to see his photography on display.


August 5, 2018 – Dr. Thomas Tewell Macedonian Ministry, Atlanta, Georgia


Dr. Thomas Tewell of Macedonian Ministries in Atlanta, Georgia, is no stranger to Epworth. An ordained pastor for more than 40 years, Tom has served many congregations and speaks all across our nation. A graduate of Muskingum University, Princeton Seminary, and Drew Theological School, he is presently the founder and Executive Director of Macedonian Ministry, a program which affords pastors support and creative new ideas for ministry. A gifted preacher he has been awarded many honors for both preaching and social ministry. He and his wife, Suzanne, are the parents of two sons and six grandchildren. Tom will preach Morning Worship, Vespers on the Beach at 8:00 PM (NOTE TIME CHANGE), and lead Monday Musings at 10:00 AM in the Marine Dining Room.


August 12, 2018 – Dr. Charles Boayue Detroit Renaissance District, Detroit, Michigan

Dr. Charles Boayue, Superintendent of the Renaissance District of the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church, returns to Epworth for his second visit. A native of Liberia, Charles’ education includes Bethune-Cookman College, Florida Southern College, Duke Divinity School and United Theological Seminary. He has served churches in the Detroit area, and serves the larger church on every continent in the world. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have one son. Dr. Boayue will preach Morning Worship, Vespers on the Beach at 8:00 PM and lead Monday Musings at 10:00 AM in the Marine Dining Room.


August 19, 2018 – Dr. Robert Bohl, formerly of Village Presbyterian, Prairie Village, KS

Epworth welcomes Dr. Robert Bohl as our preacher for the weekend. A graduate of the University of the Ozarks, Princeton Theological School and the University of Pennsylvania,
Dr. Bohl has served churches as an ordained Presbyterian pastor in the states of Arkansas, Pennsylvania, Texas, Kansas and Florida. He has served the larger church as moderator of the Presbyterian General Assembly and as a trustee of various colleges and universities. He and his wife, Judy, have two daughters and two granddaughters. The Bohls presently call Naples, Florida, home. Dr. Bohls will preach Morning Worship, Vespers on the Beach at 8:00 p.m. and lead Monday Musings at 10 a.m. in the Marine Dining Room.


August 26, 2018 – Rev. Stan Lawhon Epworth Family Minister

Epworth welcomes one of our own, the Rev. Stan Lawhon of Sunrise Park cottage as our preacher of the day. A graduate of Kentucky Christian College, Emmanuel Seminary and Erskine Theological Seminary, Stan taught at Dallas Christian Seminary for eight years before moving into local church pastorates in South Carolina and Indiana. Now retired from full-time pastorate, Stan and his wife, Barbie Wagner Lawhon, live in Greenville where he now works in the field of real estate, and serves at Calvary Chapel in Greer, South Carolina. They have three children and three grandchildren. Stan will preach Morning Worship, the final Vespers of the season on the Beach at 8:00 p.m. and lead Monday Musings at 10:00 a.m. in the Marine Dining Room.


September 2, 2018 – Epworth Chaplain, Melody Johnson

Labor Day Weekend