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Pastor LuAnn Rourke

I grew up in Mansfield, Ohio and moved to Michigan in 10th grade.  There, I met Pat Rourke.  We married and raised two kids - Jay and Abby -  in Swartz Creek.  Jay is married to Stacey and they live in Flushing with two of our grand girls, Elliott and Madilyn.  Abby is a single mom living in Swartz Creek with the other two grand girls, Kylee and Quinn.  I value the time that we spend together with our grandgirls, whom we affectionately refer to as “team tornado.”

I attended Rochester College, and Ashland Theological Seminary.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology, and a Master of Divinity.  I have served on the district level as chair of theleadership team.  At the conference level, I work as a consultant and faculty member for the Vital Church Initiative, or VCI.  VCI is a movement to help churches start a new lifecycle and connect with a fresh vision to re-invigorate their ministries and mission.  I am energized through my work with the Michigan Area New Church Development Team as we see fresh expressions of ‘church’through new ministry models which reach new people with the message of the gospel. 

United Methodist Bishop Robert Schnase wrote a book called Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations.  These five practices include Radical Hospitality, Passionate Worship, Intentional Faith Development, Extravagant Generosity, and Risk-Taking Mission and Service.  I see these five practices as foundational to my ministry.  When they are fully developed and lived out in healthy ways, they strengthen our witness to the transforming presence of Jesus.  I believe that these are essential for the good of the congregation and the community we are called to serve.

As a child of God, I am a work in progress.  I learn more about the Lord as I walk daily with him.  I am blessed to serve as a leader in the United Methodist Church for such a time as this.  I pray that you will find a deeper connection with Jesus as we journey together through this season of life and ministry together.