My name is Rev. Brian West. I have been in ministry with Laingsburg United Methodist Church since 2012, and I am absolutely enjoying it!
A little bit about me: I was raised in the United Methodist Church in Mount Clemens, Michigan, where I was confirmed, sang in the choir, attended youth group, preached from time to time, and began to hear my call to ordained ministry. After high school, I attended Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio where I majored in religious studies with a minor in sociology. While there, I also spent quite a bit of time singing with the college choir, serving with various religious life organizations, and even played my share of Ultimate Frisbee. After graduating from Mount Union College in the spring of 2009, I began my Masters of Divinity degree at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, which I completed in 2012. While I have experienced many wonderful and spirit-filled times at both schools, I must say that it is nice to be back in Michigan.
More specifically, I am 29 years old and married to my wonderful wife, Stephanie, who is a resident in Family Medicine at Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc. We have twin sons, Matthew & Micah.
As for my interests, I am an avid fan of both Tiger’s baseball, Lion’s football, and Red Wings hockey. I love to walk around town, sing, read, play with my family, and am generally up to trying new things.
In the church and in my life, I am very passionate about social justice issues, particularly as the issues pertain to justice for all of our neighbors within and around our communities. I am also a strong believer that the Church has an important role to play as it becomes an integral part of the community, serving in many ways.
Finally, I firmly believe that the church is called to be a place where the spirit of the loving, caring, compassionate, and forgiving God is both alive and active in many ways, especially through the service and outreach of our hands and our feet as followers of Christ.
It is my privilege to serve with the peace and love of Jesus Christ,
Pastor Brian West
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, please know that the members here are very kind and welcoming, and you will soon feel right at home, just as I have.
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.
"Whoever serves must do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ."