Forming Trusted Leaders Reception with Bishop Bard

Through the years, as I have had the privilege of working with United Methodists from our Central Conferences, whether serving with them on General Agency boards or denominational committees, or now as bishop, I often hear of the deep desire for providing more theological training for their pastors. In response to this yearning, the Council of Bishops has established the Endowment Fund for Theological Education in the Central Conferences.
I invite you to join me in hearing about this important work being done by The United Methodist Church, and I thank you for giving this every consideration. I hope to greet you there.
Bishop David Bard

Please join Bishop David Bard, Grand Rapids DS Rev. Bill Haggard and the Clergy Host Committee to learn about a ministry of The United Methodist Church to ensure that all leaders across our global connection have adequate opportunities for theological education. 


  • Mary Ivanov, Lake Harbor UMC
  • Brad Kalajainen, Cornerstone UMC
  • Mark Miller, Central UMC
  • Dean Prentiss, Wesley Park UMC

Heavy appetizers will be provided. Please R.S.V.P. by May 4 to Liz Bode at: or 616.459.4503.

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