We are fortunate to be able to offer Sunday guest speakers, once a month, to enrich our souls, enlighten our hearts and challenge our minds.
Chuck DeGroat – June 20
Chuck DeGroat is associate professor of pastoral care and counseling at Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan, and former teaching pastor of City Church San Francisco and executive director of City Church’s Counseling Center.
Brad Jersak – July 18
Brad Jersak is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He serves as a reader and monastery preacher at All Saints of North America Orthodox Monastery. He also occasionally teaches at The Bridge in Abbotsford. Through his books and seminars, Brad shares the good news that God is Love, perfectly revealed in Jesus Christ. He teaches others how to encounter God through the practice of ”listening prayer,” through which God’s love heals wounded hearts and empowers us to heal this broken world.
Thomas Jay Oord
Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. Oord is a best-selling and award-winning author, having written or edited more than twenty-five books. He directs a doctoral program at Northwind Theological Seminary and the Center for Open and Relational Theology. A twelve-time Faculty Award-winning professor, Oord teaches at institutions around the globe. Oord is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.
REV. JOHN VERTIGAN
Rev. Vertigan is the Conference Minister in the Florida Conference and a member of First United Church of Christ in Orlando. He began serving as Conference Minister on Jan. 1, 2015. Engaging the community beyond the church is vitally important, and John is building on the UCC’s relationships with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, the Fair Food Program, Equality Florida, NextGen Climate Change, and other wider church and community partners with whom we can advocate a just peace for all people and for the earth.
John serves as a member of the United Church of Christ Board and on the Board of Directors of the United Church of Christ Insurance Board.
Danielle Shroyer, is an author, speaker, spiritual director, and former pastor. A founding member in the emerging church movement, Danielle served as the pastor of one of the nation’s first independent emerging communities of faith for nearly a decade. Her primary goal as a pastor was to help people going through a season of spiritual deconstruction find healthy, sustainable, and meaningful ways to reconstruct their faith.
Bob Goff is the New York Times Best-Selling Author of Love Does, as well as an attorney who founded Love Does, a nonprofit human rights organization operating in Uganda, India, Nepal, Iraq, and Somalia. Bob is a sought-after speaker for leadership, church and university events, inspiring current and future influencers to get to the “do” part of life. Choosing to live audaciously, Bob connects to audiences in a powerfully inspirational, yet down to earth manner. Love Does has now been translated into ten languages.