Mission center councils are advisory in nature and assist the mission center leaders in the development of the work of the mission center. The composition of the mission center councils is determined by the mission center involved and should be broadly representative of the membership and congregations of the mission center. Members of mission center councils may or may not be members of the priesthood. If mission center council members are appointed and sustained, the appointing officer or entity may change the persons appointed from time to time to meet changing needs.

Mission center councils may give programmatic, leadership, and spiritual advice to the mission center leadership, but these councils are not administrative in nature. If a mission center conference is not feasible, the mission center council may assume the necessary legislative functions of a mission center conference.

The leaders listed below have been sustained to serve on the mission center council for 2018 in relationship with specific congregations.  These leaders meet quarterly with the mission center officers, ministry leaders, and mission center staff to provide feedback and input on mission center activities, mission, and vision.

Expectations for 2018 Mission Center Council Members

▪ Maintain relationships with the members and leaders of five assigned congregations by participating in congregation events.
Council members will be expected to visit their congregations at least once each quarter. Visits might occur during classes, worship experiences, retreats, meetings, or other events.

▪ Provide for at least one gathering each year for the members from their congregations.
Council members will be expected to make sure at least one event for their congregations is planned each year. This might be a social event, leadership training, a shared worship, or some other gathering. The event may be advertised to more than the five congregations being visited and could be coordinated with another council member.

▪ Attend the quarterly meeting of pastors scheduled for their area.
World Church Ministers will be scheduling and facilitating a meeting of pastors each quarter for a group of 10 or 15 congregations. The MCP Team will provide a template for these meetings to include a training topic such as developing priesthood ministry plans or conducting priesthood meetings. These quarterly pastor meetings will also be an opportunity to share important updates and allow pastors to network and ask questions.

▪ Attend the mission center council meetings once each quarter.
2018 Council Meeting Dates:
Saturday, January 13 from 9:30 to 3:00 PM @ Coleman Congregation
Saturday, April 7 TBD
Saturday, July 21 TBD
Saturday, September 29 TBD

▪ Provide advice and feedback on core functions of the mission center.
Council members will be expected to share ideas, questions, and concerns that emerge through the visits and conversations they have with congregation members and pastors.


Wendy Brooks

Cheyboygan, Gladstone, Gulliver, Onaway, and Sault Ste. Marie congregations

Mike Mead

Boyne City, Gaylord, Grayling, Inland, and Traverse City congregations.

Tim Beavers

Alpena, Lachine, Mikado, Tawas City, and Twining congregations.

Bill Persall

Alma, Greenville, Muskegon, St. Johns, and Vestaburg congregations

Roger Elkins

Big Rapids, Cadillac, Houghton Lake, Ludington, and Marion congregations.

Sue Leyder

Coleman, Farwell, Harrison, Mt. Pleasant, and Sanford congregations.

Heidi Kleinhardt

Beaverton, Bentley, Gladwin, Midland, and West Branch congregations.

Dick Shotwell

Alaska, Grand Valley, Holland, Northview, and Union Avenue congregations.

Mary Jane Miller

Capital, Charlotte, East Lansing, Hastings, and Rose Lake congregations.

Gary Gordier

Bay City, Burt, Clio, Otter Lake, and Saginaw congregations.

Terry Brown

Bay Port, Caro, Crossroads, Owendale, and Shabbona congregations.

Linda Stanbridge

Croswell, Marlette, Sandusky, Sixth Street, and Wadhams Grove congregations.

Dorothy Sommer

Bristolwood, Eastside, Lake Orion, Lapeer, and Waterford congregations.

Linda Wiley

Allegan, Benton Harbor, Galien, Kalamazoo, and South Bend (IN) congregations.

To Be Determined

Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Brighton, Coldwater, and Jackson congregations.

Henry Knight

Highland Park, Plymouth, Richmond, Riverview, Troy Oaks