Pastor Brian and his wife, Stephanie, live in Laingsburg with their twin sons, Matthew and Micah. Commissioned as an Elder in 2012, Pastor Brian moved to Laingsburg to begin his first pastoral appointment at Laingsburg UMC. When he and Stephanie were married in 2013, Stephanie moved to Laingsburg and started a position as a family medicine physician at Genesys Hospital in Grand Blanc, MI. In May 2015, Pastor Brian was ordained, only to soon welcome their twins who were born that October. Since then, their adventure as a small town family of four has been a wonderful joy!
Since coming to serve Laingsburg UMC, Pastor Brian has shared with the church a passion for worship, preaching, and doing ministry with people of all ages and walks of life. One of his greatest joys is being able to connect with the broader Laingsburg community through community activites, as well as community missions and ministries such as LUMC's new Tavern Church ministry which takes place throughout the week at Twilliger's Tavern in downtown Laingsburg. When asked to describe his approach to pastoral ministry, Pastor Brian shared the following:
"I believe that vibrant and effective ministry is 90% about showing up. Sure, there are parts of ministry that require other intentional work (the other 10% or so), but when it comes down to it, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world is a relational task. When we seek to simply show up and to be present in our communities, schools, churches, homes, businesses, and even local watering holes, we discover that Jesus Christ is already alive and well in all of those places. We than have the privilege and joy of joining Christ in the gospel work that is already begun."
Pastor Brian currently is serving as the Lead Pastor of the Laingsburg Parish, which consists of his primary ministry at Laingsburg UMC, as well as oversight responsibilities for Pittsburg UMC in Owosso, MI. In this unique role, he considers it a great joy, privilege, and honor to be called to serve alongside so many faithful disciples who have answered the call to transform the world in Christ's name.
Karolyn Dawley, Administrative Assistant
My name is Karolyn Dawley. I live north of Morrice, so my drive here is much shorter (and more enjoyable) than my previous commute to Flint. I enjoy my shorter workdays, as now I have more time to spend with my horses or doing chores outside. I have two grown children, who live in the area, and four grandchildren. I wear a number of hats at my church, Owosso First UMC; I am the choir director, chair of the Missions Team, a Stephen Ministry leader, and a liturgist.
I have been the Administrative Assistant here since 2014. Working in a church is the retirement job I had hoped for, and I feel very blessed to be here at LUMC. I am sure that God has placed me here for a special purpose. If you are a visitor reading this, please know that the members here are very kind and welcoming, and you will soon feel right at home, just as I do.
Chong Zheng, Worship Pianist
Chong Zheng, Worship Pianist
I am from Hubei Province, a city in the south of China, which is a lovely place close to the Yangtze River. Now I am pursuing a Doctoral degree in Piano Performance at Michigan State University. I received my Master of Music degree at Jacobs school of music, Indiana University Bloomington in 2013. Before and during my studies, I successfully performed several solo, piano duet recitals and chamber concert in Beijing, Chicago, Bloomington and East Lansing, and was invited to participate in a recording on the WFMT 98.7 radio, Chicago. I won the Virginia Geyser Behrendt Scholarship competition in 2013. I worked as a piano accompanist in the Ballet Department of Indiana University from 2011 to 2013. In 2015, I was hired as church pianist in Laingsburg United Methodist Church.
Linda Craig, Custodian
John Peck, Lay Leader
John Peck serves as the official Lay Leader for Laingsburg UMC. In this capacity, he oversees a team of lay readers who assist the pastor with parts of the Sunday worship services. He also has a standing position on all committees and work areas of the church. In addition to all of this, John provides leadership to other leadership within the church, many of whom have undergone training for certification in Methodist lay ministry.
John was raised in Upstate New York, where he was baptized in and became a member of the Seneca Castle United Methodist Church. He received a BS in Chemistry from Alma College and later an MS in Administration from Central Michigan University. He met his wife, Joan, while working for the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources and has worked in several other departments. They have one son, Joshua. John started attending the Laingsburg United Methodist Church after moving here about twenty years ago. He is currently enjoying retirement.
Diana Carpenter, Parish Missionary to Pittsburg UMC
Diana and her husband, Ed, live in Laingsburg, MI where they own and operate the Peacock Road Family Farm. The farm grows Christmas trees, pumpkins and provides family fun starting in October with hayrides, train rides, an animal park, along with school tours and private events.
Diana started her journey as a deacon candidate in 2014 at the Detroit Annual Conference.
A deacon is called by God and ordained to a ministry of Word, Service, Compassion, and Justice. A deacon’s ministry connects worship with service to God in the world. Deacons can serve within the local church in specific areas of ministry, (including music ministry, Christian education, social justice ministry, etc). A deacon may also serve outside the local church, in a variety of agencies, educational institutions, etc.
Like an elder, deacons are ordained clergy, and they can perform weddings and funerals. Unlike elders, deacons are not itinerant, as they are called to be a bridge between the community and the church, and a tie to the community is an essential part of this calling. Deacons do not preside over baptism and Holy Communion, although they may assist.
Diana attends Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, located in Evanston, Illinois, on a part-time basis. She is enrolled in the Basic Graduate Theological Study Program with a certification in Spiritual Formation.
When asked to describe her ministry, Diana shared the following: “I feel that God has called me to meet people where they are in their faith journey and to walk along side them helping them to hear the voice of God in their journey.”
Diana looks forward to walking along side Pittsburg United Methodist Church as they discern the voice of God and grow in relationship with each other and with Laingsburg United Methodist Church. She is honored and humbled to be called to work with the disciples at Pittsburg UMC and looks forward to the days ahead of serving with this congregation.
 General Board of Higher Education and Ministry
"Whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ."