Rev. Gary Haller and Rev. Laurie Haller Appointed to FUMC!
Bishop Deborah Kiesey has appointed two new co-senior pastors, Rev. Gary Haller and Rev. Laurie Haller, to serve our church, effective July 1, 2013. Rev. Laurie Haller, who served as a District Superintendent from 2006 to 2012, comes to us from Aldersgate and Plainfield UMC in the West Michigan Conference. Rev. Gary Haller has been serving for the past 20 years as Senior Pastor of Grand Rapids First UMC. The Revs. Haller served as co-pastors at Grand Rapids First for 13 years prior to Laurie Haller serving as a DS. In their time as co-pastors at Grand Rapids First, the Hallers led the church through a period of substantial growth in its laity, staff, budget and building programs. Both are tremendous preachers, with the skills necessary to motivate a large congregation and the vision to inspire First Church in new and dramatic ways to gather, nurture, and equip disciples of Jesus Christ for ministry and mission in the world in the 21st Century.