The Staff Parish Relations Committee is pleased to inform you that Michigan Area Bishop David Alan Bard has appointed The Reverend Rachael M. Dunlap as associate pastor of First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, Michigan effective July 1, 2020. This is a full-time local pastor appointment. Rev. Dunlap’s primary role will be to serve as our Pastor for Adult Discipleship.
Reverend Dunlap is currently serving at the Berkley First Campus as Group and Event Coordinator. Reverend Dunlap’s experience includes serving as a First Responder at Luther Point Bible Camp, teaching 5th and 6th grade public school classes, Program Director at Judson Collins Center, Lead Teacher at Child Time Learning Center, Assistant Preschool/Young 5’s Teacher at Gretchen’s House Childcare Center, and most recently from December 2016 to August 2018 as Ministry Coordinator at Berkley First Campus.
Reverend Dunlap is a graduate of Unity High School, Balsam Lake, Wisconsin and holds a Bachelor of Science degree (with a major in Communicative Disorders and a minor in Art) from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls; and a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Kentucky). She was approved for licensing as a Local Pastor in the Michigan Conference by the Greater Detroit Committee on Ordained Ministry on February 20, 2020.
Just prior to college graduation, Rachael realized she was being called to ministry. After graduation, Rachael moved to Michigan to pursue a career in camp ministry. She was part of a discipleship program where she interned for two years while being the assistant program camp director. She later served at Judson Collins Center where she met her husband, (Reverend) Zack Dunlap. They were married in 2008 and are the parents of four wonderful children, twins Samuel and Sophia (10), John (almost 7), and Jedidiah (5).
As our congregation prepares to say “farewell” to Rev. Lindsey Hall after seven years of ministry among us, let us also prepare to welcome Rev. Rachael Dunlap in her new role as associate pastor. God is doing great things here at Birmingham and Berkley First!