At the heart of the Lakeside experience is the Religious Life pillar; fostering faith in the Christian tradition. As part of our Preacher of the Week series, we welcome inspiring preachers to live in residence for the summer and bring spiritual enrichment to the community.

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2021 Preachers of the Week

Religion, in Christian tradition, involves both personal and social holiness. There are many expressions of faith, and one person’s spiritual journey is not the same as another’s.

Each summer, Lakeside invites preachers from around the world to bring their message to our Sunday Chautauqua Community Worship Service/ Every preacher represents a different understanding of faith and spirituality. We encourage each to share stories of their own faith journeys as they lead our Faith for Living Hours.

We’re excited to welcome the following preachers to bring their different perspectives of faith to Lakeside in 2021:

May 30 (Memorial Day Weekend): Bishop Julius Trimble, Bishop of the Indiana Area of The United Methodist Church, Indianapolis, IN (Supported by Robert and Cindy Grimm)

June 6 – 10: The Rev. Dr. Owen K. Ross, Director of Church Development for the North Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Plano, Texas. (Supported by Arden and Pamela Douce)

June 13-17: The Rev. Thom Shafer, Senior Pastor, Cypress Lake United Methodist Church, South West District Superintendent, Florida Annual Conference, Fort Myers, FL (Supported by the Charles & Susan Baker Family Endowment)

June 20-25: Lutheran Chautauqua Week, Bishop Daniel Beaudoin, Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Findlay, OH

June 27-July 1: The Rev. Shannon Kershner, Senior Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL (Supported by The Rev. Ruth C. Shannon Endowment)

July 4-8: The Rev. Trudy D. Robinson, First United Methodist Church of San Diego, CA. (Supported by the Hottenroth Family)

July 11-15: Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., Founder of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA (Supported by James E. Beardsley & Doris F. Beardsley)

July 18-22: The Rev. Olu Brown, Lead Pastor, Impact United Methodist Church, East Point, GA (Supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment)

July 25-29: The Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish, Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church, Longwood, FL (Supported by the Knobel Family Endowment)

August 1-5: The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel, Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church, Dubuque, IA (Supported by The Rev. Dr. Ned & Shirley DeWire Endowment)

August 8-12: The Rev. Jeff Frohner, The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Marion, IA (Supported by Wayne & Susan Warden)

August 15-19: The Rev. Dr. John Ed Mathison, Leadership Ministries, Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL (Supported by Dr. James & Betty Jane Young)

August 22-26: Dr. Amy Oden, Visiting Professor of Early Church History & Spirituality, Saint Paul School of Theology, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK (Supported by the Rev. Dr. Charles & Barbara Yoost)

August 29 The Rev. Dr. Thomas Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

September 5 (Labor Day Sunday): The Rev. Dr. R. Glen Miles, Senior Pastor, First Community Church, Columbus, OH (Supported by Steve and Jane Anderson)

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2022 Preachers of the Week

Memorial Day Weekend – May 29 – Rev. Dr. Peter Marty, Editor and Publisher of The Christian Century; Senior Pastor, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. (Supported by the Charles & Susan Baker Family Endowment.)

June 5 – West Ohio United Methodist Annual Conference Preacher

June 12 – 16Rev. Mike McCormick, Lead Pastor, Calvary Christian Church, Winchester, Kentucky (Supported by John & Mary Beth Porcari & Family.)

June 19 – 24 – Lutheran Chautauqua – Dr. Jacqueline A. Bussie, Director, Forum on Faith and Life, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota

June 26 – 30 – Rev. Dr. Robert A. Hill – Dean of Marsh Chapel; Professor of New Testament and Pastoral Theology, Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts (Supported by the Rev. Dr. Ned & Shirley DeWire Endowment.)

July 3 – 7 – Father Michael Renninger, Pastor, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Richmond, Virginia (Supported by Steve & Jane Anderson.)

July 10 – 14 – Rev. Dr. Gary Simpson, Senior Pastor, Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, New York; Professor of Homiletics, Drew Theological Seminary (Supported by the Knobel Family Endowment.)

July 17 – 21 – Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Senior Pastor, Middle Collegiate Church, New York, New York (Supported by the Hottenroth Family.)

July 24 – 28 – Rev. Andrew Forrest, Pastor, Munger Place United Methodist Church, Dallas, Texas (Supported by Dr. James & Betty Jane Young.)

July 31 – Aug. 4 – Rev. Steve Engram, Senior Pastor, Desert Springs Community Church, Goodyear, Arizona (Supported by the Donithan & Hoopes Families.)

August 7 – 11 – Rev. Dr. Karoline Lewis, Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota (Supported by the Ruth C. Shannon Endowment.)

August 14 – 18 – Rev. Dr. Shively Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament,Boston University School of Theology, Boston, Massachusetts (Supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment.)

August 21 – 25 – Rev. Dr. Janet Forbes, Pastor, Mountain Sky United Methodist Conference, Denver, Colorado (Supported by the Rev. Dr. Bud Cox Endowment.)

August 28 – Sept. 1 – To Be Announced

Labor Day Weekend – September 4 – To Be Announced

Worship Music for the 2022 summer season will be supported by James E. Beardsley and Doris F. Beardsley.