Convocation honors Michigan churches


Is your church 150-years-old or older? Apply to be recognized at “Roots and Branches” on April 7.

“Roots and Branches – 2018 – 50 years of the United Methodist Church” is the theme of the convocation hosted by the Michigan Area United Methodist Church Historical Society Saturday April 7 at Leighton United Methodist Church in Caledonia, MI.

The event runs 10 am to 3 pm with lunch included. Registration will start at 9:30 am. Michigan area clergy and laity — especially historians of churches, those interested in church history and preserving it — will want to attend.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Sarah Blair of United Theological Seminary, will speak about Evangelical United Brethren Roots in Michigan. The Rev. Tom Robinson will discuss the significance of the Central Jurisdiction dismantling as part of the merger of the Methodists and the EUBs; Robinson was part of the Central Jurisdiction. Ken Gackler will talk about the history of Leighton United Methodist Church, a former EUB church. Albion College Archivist, Justin Seidler, will share how the Archives can assist the local church historian.  

During a time for recognizing congregations across Michigan, certificates will be presented to those churches that have been in existence 150 years and more. Those churches 150 years or older this year will need to notify MAUMCHS by March 22 in order for certificates to be prepared. Click here for the application form.

Please note:

  • those churches 175 years and above who received certificates in 2017 will not receive a second certificate this year;
  • any church celebrating 175 years 0R 200 years in 2018 will receive a certificate.
  • in 2019 the Society will begin to recognize the anniversaries from 100 years and up in 25 year increments – 100, 125, 150, 175, 200. 
  • check the Historical Society website to see which churches were recognized in 2017.

Hopefully a representative of each church being recognized will be able to attend the convocation. Contact Diana Miller with questions: or call 989-426-2644.

The Area Historical Society Board of Directors is made up of members from both the Detroit and West Michigan conferences, the chairs of the Commissions on Archives and History, and the archivists. The current officers are Diana Spitnale Miller, President; Lois Omundsen, Vice President; Sharon Scott, Secretary, and M. Kay Mowery, Treasurer. The Detroit Conference Friends of the Archives have joined the Historical Society as of last November. The Area Society continues to expand membership to include church historians and other interested persons. Learn more on their website.   

Click here for registration form. Registration deadline is March 22.




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