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Visiting Ministers

Every year the Epworth Church strives to bring in a wide-range of dynamic ministers.  As you view the list of ministers preaching at Epworth in any given year you will be struck by the diversity represented.  We invite ministers of all Protestant denominations.  The ministers come from all over the country and also from outside the United States.  It is this spectrum of ministers that meet the needs of cottagers who reside at Epworth Heights and also the variety of faiths from the surrounding Ludington area.

May 30, 2021 – Memorial Day Weekend Service

The Rev. Brad Kalajainen

Director of Spiritual Life

Sunday Service: A Vision for 2021 – Isaiah 6:1-8

June 6, 2021

The Rev. Brett Spalding

Community Church, Ludington MI

Sunday Service: The Old and New – 2:1-22


June 13, 2021

The Rev. Nadia Stefko

St. Augustine Episcopal Church, Wilmette, IL

Sunday Service: The Wilderness Economy – Exodus 16

June 20, 2021 – Epworth Memorial Sunday

The Rev. Jeff Nelson

Royal Oak First UMC, Royal Oak, MI

Sunday Service: World Turned Upside Down – Luke 24:13-35

Vespers Service: Honest to God: What is Needed in This Mess

Monday Musings: God and the Pandemic: What Should Be Our Response – Acts 11:19-30, Romans 8:16-39

June 27, 2021 – Epworth Memorial Sunday

The Rev. Philip Johnson

Epworth Family Minister

Sunday Service: Live Like You’re on Fire! – Luke 24:13-35

Vespers Service: All Is Well with My Soul – Psalm 139:1-12

Monday Musings: Mustard Seed Magic: Cultivating Faith to Move Mountains – Matthew 17:14-21

July 4, 2021 – Morava Family Memorial Sunday

The Rev. Faith Fowler

Cass Community Services, Detroit Michigan

Sunday Service: There’s No Place Like Home – Matthew 8:20

Vespers Service: Water Stories – Numbers 20

Monday Musings: Things the Pandemic Taught – Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

July 11, 2021 – Dorothy & Forrest Colwell Memorial Sunday

The Rev. Pamela Driesell

Sunday Service: The Givers Glow – Luke 18:18-30

Vespers Service: Listen Up! – Luke 9:28-35

Monday Musings: Listening as Spiritual Discipline

July 18, 2021 – 

The Rev. Don Piper

Don Piper Ministries, Pasadena, Texas

Sunday Service: Heaven: It’s a Real Place! A Testimony of the Reality of God’s Home – John 14:1-6; Revelation 21:1-5

Vespers Service: Prayers: God Realy Does Answer Them! He Wants to Hear from His Children – John 14:13-14; James 4:1-3

Monday Musings: Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired…and How to Get Over It! – Philippians 3:13-14; 2 Cor. 5:17

July 25, 2021 – Epworth Founders Memorial Sunday

The Rev. Dr. Tim Halverson

Retired, Faith Presbyterian, Cape Coral, Florida

Sunday Service: The Excuse Culture – John 5:1-9

Vespers Service: Noah in a Covid World – Genesis 7:11-24;8:1-3

Monday Musings: What I Hope They Heard Me Say – John 14:1-6

August 1, 2021 – Larry Saksa Memorial Sunday

The Rev. Richard Kannwischer

Peachtree Church, Atlanta, Georgia

Sunday Service: Blessings in Disguise – Matt 5:1-16

Vespers Service: The Greatest Sermon Ever Preached – Matthew 5-7 (recited from memory)

Monday Musings: The Great Omission in the Great Commission – Matthew 5-7 (explained)

August 8, 2021 – Hoover Rupert Memorial Sunday

The Rev. James Howell

Myers Park UMC, Charlotte, North Carolina

Sunday Service: The Greatest Miracle in the Gospels – Mark 1:14-20

Vespers Service: The Other Greatest Miracle in the Gospels – Mark 1:33-39

Monday Musings: Beauty Will Save the World – Psalm 27

August 15, 2021

The Rev. Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt

Immanuel Presbyterian Church, McLean, Virginia

Sunday Service: Thanks! The Sacrifice of Thanksgiving – Psalm 116

Vespers Service: Help! Giving Voice to Need – Psalm 13

Monday Musings: Wow! Attending to Wonder/Poetry as Prayer – Psalm 8

August 22, 2021

The Rev. Jeffery Petersen

Third Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sunday Service: Life As Lambs – Luke 10:1-12

Vespers Service: Setting Faith In Place – Joshua 4:1-7

Monday Musings: Land Ethics and the Spiritual Life

August 29, 2021

The Rev. Jeff Meyers

Roswell Presbyterian Church, Roswell, Georgia

Sunday Service: Bear with Me – Colossians 3:12-17

Vespers Service: Lost Dogs & In-Laws – Ephesians 6:14-18

Monday Musings: Do You Want to Party: re-reading the parable of the Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32


September 5, 2021 – Labor Day Weekend Service

The Rev. Brad Kalajainen

Director of Spiritual Life, Epworth Heights, Ludington, Michigan

Sunday Service: God is For You – Zephaniah 3:17