2016 Preachers and Lecturers
In the true spirit of the Chautauqua movement, the Bay View Worship and Religious Life Department attracts worship leaders and speakers with spiritual, intellectual and thought provoking perspectives.
Spirit, mind and life enrichment are just a few of the many wonders surrounding the Chautauqua season.
Monday - Thursday at 10 a.m. in Voorhies Hall
Rev. Dr. Stephen Butler Murray: June 19 - 23
The Reverend Dr. Stephen Butler Murray is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Preaching at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. An ordained minister in the American Baptist Church, he served previously as the Senior Pastor of The First Baptist Church of Boston, Massachusetts and as American Baptist Chaplain to Harvard University and Denominational Counselor and Lecturer in Ministry at Harvard Divinity School. In parish ministry, he has served as the pastor of American Baptist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Unitarian- Universalist, and United Church of Christ congregations in urban, suburban, and rural settings in Massachusetts, Michigan, and New York. In higher education, he served as the chaplain and on the faculty of Endicott College, Skidmore College, and Suffolk University, was an administrator at Yale University’s Dwight Hall Center for Public Service and Social Justice, and also has taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York and Auburn Theological Seminary.
Murray holds a B.A. in philosophy and religion from Bucknell University, an M.B.A. from Endicott College, a M.Div. from Yale University Divinity School, and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in systematic theology at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
Dr. Murray is the author of Reclaiming Divine Wrath: A History of a Christian Doctrine and Its Interpretation (Peter Lang, 2011), co-editor with David L. Bartlett and Claudia Ann Highbaugh of the festschrift for Harry Baker Adams, Crossing By Faith: Sermons on the Journey from Youth to Adulthood (Chalice Press, 2003), and co-editor with Aimée Upjohn Light of the multi-volume set God and Popular Culture: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Entertainment Industry’s Most Influential Figure (ABC-CLIO, 2015).
David M. Kennedy: June 28 – July 2
David M. Kennedy is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning historian specializing in American history and the American Experience speaker in Bay View this week. A native of Seattle, he received his undergraduate education at Stanford University, and his graduate training at Yale. He is Professor of History Emeritus and founding Director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than forty years. Graduating seniors have four times elected him Class Day speaker and he has received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Hoagland Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.
His research has focused principally on 20th-Century American history. His book Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2000. He has been a visiting professor at Oxford University and the University of Florence, Italy, and has lectured on American history in more than a dozen countries. His most recent book is The Modern American Military (Oxford University Press, 2013).
Professor Kennedy has been married for 46 years to the former Judith Ann Osborne, and they have three children and five grandchildren. In his free time he can be found fly-fishing, biking, back-packing, river-rafting, kayaking, or mountain-climbing somewhere in the American West.
Rev. Eric Sarwar: July 3 – July 7
Rev. Eric Sarwar is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church of Pakistan, and founder of Tehillim School of Church Music & Worship Pakistan. He is also planting a church in Artesia, California between the Indo-Pak community while pursuing a PhD in Inter Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Sarwar’s area of interest and concentration is to use the book of Psalms for peacemaking and inter-faith dialogue through cultural music in Islamic context. He received a M.Div, from Gujranwala Theological Seminary, a M.A (Prev) Islamic History from Karachi University, Pakistan, and a ThM in Worship Studies from Calvin Theological Seminary.
Rev. Sarway is a music composer, songwriter, and author. He considers himself a church planter, organizer and facilitator for inter-faith harmony and peace building through music and spirituality.
Rev. Karoline M. Lewis: July 11 – July 14
Rev. Karoline M. Lewis is Associate Professor of Biblical Preaching and the Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary.
Ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Lewis holds degrees from Northwestern University (B.A.), Luther Seminary (M.Div.), and Emory University (Ph.D., New Testament Studies and Homiletics). She has served as Treasurer of Academy of Homiletics and Regional Coordinator for the Upper Midwest Region of the Society of Biblical Literature.
Lewis is the author of John: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries (Fortress Press, 2014) as well as numerous articles for The Christian Century, Feasting on the Word, Feasting on the Gospels, Currents in Theology and Mission, Lutheran Forum, Word & World, Abingdon Preaching Annual, and Odyssey Network’s ON Scripture. Her newest book is SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry (Abingdon)and her current project is Reading the Bible Theologically (Fortress Press).
Lewis regularly leads conferences, workshops, and retreats throughout the country and Canada on interpreting the Bible, preaching, leadership, and women in ministry. She is a contributing writer for WorkingPreacher.org, author of the site’s Dear Working Preacher column, and co-host of the site’s weekly podcast, Sermon Brainwave.
Rev. Grace Imathiu: July 17 – July 21
Grace Imathiu was born and raised to a second generation Christian family in the country of Kenya. She was educated in Kenya and around the world. She returned the gift by serving churches both in Kenya and around the world as pastor, conference speaker and bible study teacher. She currently resides in Illinois where she is lead pastor of the 178 year old Community United Methodist Church in Naperville, Illinois.
Grace was ordained in the Methodist Church in Kenya where she served small and rural churches, and as Senior Pastor of an ecumenical congregation sponsored by Methodists, Anglicans and Presbyterians in the city of Nairobi. She has also been on staff in churches in Richland, Washington; Delaware, Ohio; and Nashville, Tennessee. In 2000 she began serving churches in Wisconsin and in July 2012 was appointed to the Community UMC.
The wife of one man, mother of one child and author of two books Grace has been a Bible teacher and has preached all over the world . She was educated in the USA (Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Vanderbilt University) and in England (the University of Cambridge). She also spent a year at the Hebrew University on Mt. Scopus in Jerusalem.
Grace is married to David Hay Jones and together they have one son, Erik, who is a freshman at Central High School. David and Erik are devoted skiers and runners. Grace is a devoted armchair skier and runner.
Rev. Magrey deVega: July 24 - 28
The Rev. Magrey R. deVega is the Senior Pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa, Florida. He received a bachelor’s degree from Eckerd College and a M of Div from United Theological Seminary of Dayton, OH. deVega is the author of Awaiting the Already: An Advent Journey through the Gospels and has two forthcoming books to be released this fall: Songs for the Waiting: Reflections on the Hymns and Stories of Advent (Westminster John Knox Press), and One Faithful Promise: Wesley’s Covenant for Renewal (Abingdon Press).
Rev. deVega is the Leadership Editor for Covenant Bible Study by Abingdon Press, and has written small group leadership guides for Earn Save Give and Counterfeit Christianity. He has submitted articles for the volume on John in the upcoming Feasting on the Gospels, as well as The Ultimate Lectionary Guide and the Abingdon Preaching Annual.
He lives in Tampa, Florida, with his two daughters, Grace and Madelyn.
Dr. Gary Schmidt: July 30 – August 4
Gary Schmidt teaches children’s literature, writing fiction, and Chaucer at Calvin College, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is the author of academic biographies on children’s writers such as Katherine Paterson and Robert McCloskey, as well as the Early American writer Hannah Adams.
He also writes middle grade fiction, as well as the occasional picture book. His Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy and The Wednesday Wars both won Newbery Honors; his novel, Okay for Now, was a National Book Award finalist. His most recent book, edited with Elizabeth Stickney is Acceptable Words: Prayers for Writers.
Gary lives with his two of his children in Alto, Michigan, the other four children are flung to the far corners of the country. They reside on an 1830’s farm, where he grows vegetables for the local wildlife.
Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana: August 7 – August 11
Rev. MaryAnn McKibben Dana, is pastor of Idylwood Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, VA. She enjoys serving the larger church as a preacher and workshop leader for countless congregations, prebyteries and other church groups. From 2003-2009, she served as association pastor of Burke Presbyterian Church, where she oversaw ministries ranging from adult education, to small groups, to evangelism. Dana is a graduate of Rice University in Houston, TX where she majored in English, and she received her M.Div. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA.
Rev. Dana is author of Sabbath in the Suburbs, a Chalice Press bestseller for two years running and a “must read” by Ministry Matters. Her writing has appeared in TIME.com, The Washington Post, Religion Dispatches, Journal for Preachers, and the Christian Century, and in a monthly column for Presbyterians Today. She was recently featured on PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly for her work on Sabbath.
Her leadership roles and writing often center around issues of leadership, faith formation, technology, and congregational transformation. She served as co-chair for two years of NEXT Church, a movement within the Presbyterian Church (USA) that seeks to call forth vital ministry for changing cultural context.
MaryAnn is married to Robert Dana and they have three children: Caroline, 10; Margaret, 8; and James, 6. She’s a haphazard knitter, and an occasional marathoner. Connect with her at her website, The Blue Room.
Bishop Pennel: August 14 – August 18
Bishop Joe E. Pennel, Jr. holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lambeth University, as well as a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Vanderbilt University Divinity School with a major emphasis in Preaching and Worship. He has served parishes located in rural areas, university settings, inner cities and surburbs in the Memphis and Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. He served as a bishop of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church before joining the Vanderbilt University faculty in 2004.
In addition to the local church, Joe has a strong interest in theological education, racial/ethnic issues, the emerging role of women in the Church and empowering the laity and spiritual formation. He currently serves in a faculty appointment to Vanderbilt Divinity School as Professor of Pastoral Leadership.
Pennel is the author of three books: From Anticipation to Transfiguration (1989), The Whisper of Christmas (1984), and A Connectional Community (1982).
Joe and his wife Janene are the parents of Melanie and Heather who are both married.
Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish: August 21 – August 25
Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish retired recently after 43 years of pastoral ministry in the Florida Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. After serving churches in DeLand and Crescent City, he became the founding pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Orlando and was the Senior Pastor of Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa for 22 years. The Rev. Harnish has been a member of Discipleship, as a delegate to General and Jurisdictional Conferences, and as a delegate to the World Methodist Conferences in England, Brazil, Kenya and South Africa. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors at Duke Divinity School, and on the Board for Africa Upper Room Ministries.
Harnish is a graduate of Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary with honorary degrees from Asbury Seminary and Bethune-Cookman University.
Widely recognized as preacher and writer, Jim is a facilitator for the Institute of Preaching at Duke Divinity School, and the author of more than 15 books including A Disciple’s Path and Strength for the Broken Places. He was a Consulting Editor for The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible and a contributor to The Wesley Study Bible.
He and his wife, Martha, have two daughters and five grandchildren in Florida and South Carolina.
Rev. Carol J. Johns: August 28
Rev. Carol J. Johns recently retired from her role as the Senior Pastor of Orchard UMC in Farmington Hills, MI after 43 years of service in the Detroit Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She served at Orchard for 19 years and prior to her ministry there, was at Owosso First, Bay City Christ, and Saginaw First United Methodist Churches. Although she is retired, she remains active in Conference leadership roles.
Currently, the Rev. Johns serves as the Executive Director of the United Methodist Union, the President of the Detroit Annual Conference Council on Finance and Administration, and as a member of the Michigan area Loan Fund.
Carol is a committed environmentalist, active golfer and hiker who loves the dramatic arts.
Rev. Ted A. Hartley: September 4
The Rev. Ted A. Hartley has been coming to Bayview since 1991 and recently became a cottage owner in 2014. He also answered the call to pastoral ministry right in front of Hall Auditorium. He is currently pastor at Mt. Zion and Bethany UMC in Illinois. Rev. Hartley’s great-great-grandfather was one of the first Methodist Circuit Rider Preachers in Illinois, and also was President of the Illinois Senate.
Hartley has been a United Methodist pastor for 24 years and before that he was Professor of Ethics and World Religions at Lakeland Community College in Illinois as well as a public school band director. His undergraduate degree was from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a Masters at Vandercook in Chicago. The Rev. Hartley did his Seminary work at Garrett Evangelical Seminary and Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio. He has served and been a leader on several Jurisdictional and Annual Conference Committees, staff for two General Conferences, and has preached in Europe, Africa, Russia and soon China.
Ted is also a composer of orchestra and band music, and has composed music for the Harbor Springs and Charlevoix Community Bands.
He is single and has a 28-year-old son Chris, a professional musician in Peoria, IL.