At the heart of the Lakeside experience is the religion 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.


2020 Preachers of the Week

Lakeside will livestream its Community Worship Services this summer. A link to each livestream is available at lakesideohio.com/calendar or facebook.com/lakesideohio on the day of the service. Although we cannot yet worship in-person, you can still make a special gift to the worship service through a virtual giving plate at lakesideohio.com/today.

May 24, Memorial Day weekend: Bishop David Alan Bard, Michigan Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Lansing, MI - supported by James E. Beardsley & Doris F. Beardsley

May 31: The Rev. Stephen Engram, Senior Pastor, Desert Springs Community Church, Goodyear, AZ – Supported by Marie Bowman and the Donithan & Hoopes Families

June 7: Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, Columbus, OH

June 14: The Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach, Lakeside Chautauqua, Lakeside, OH

Week 1, June 21-25: The Rev. Dr. Karoline M. Lewis, Marbury E. Anderson Chair in Biblical Preaching, Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN

Week 2, June 28-July 2: The Rev. Magrey R. deVega, Senior Pastor, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Tampa, FL – Supported by the Hottenroth Family

Week 3, July 5-9: The Rev. Dr. Anna Carter Florence, Peter Marshall Professor of Preaching, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA – Supported by the Rev. Ruth C. Shannon Endowment

Week 4, July 12-16: The Rev. Dr. Ed Robb, Senior Pastor, The Woodlands United Methodist Church, Houston, TX – Supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment

Week 5, July 19-23: The Rev. Dr. Lisa M. Wolfe, Professor of Hebrew Bible, Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, OK – Supported by the Rev. Dr. Ned & Shirley Dewire Endowment

Week 6, July 26-30: Fr. Michael A. Renninger, Pastor, Saint Mary Catholic Church, Richmond, VA – Supported by the Knobel Family Endowment

Week 7, Aug. 2-6: The Rev. Dr. Shively T. J. Smith, Assistant Professor of New Testament, Boston University, Boston, MA – Supported by The Rev. Dr. Bud Cox Endowment

Week 7, Aug. 7: Prayer Breakfast with Luke Witte of Marketplace Chaplains, former OSU & Cleveland Cavaliers basketball player

Week 8, Aug. 9-13: Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World, The Rev. Dr. Myron F. McCoy, Senior Pastor, First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple, Chicago, IL – Supported by Bob & Becky Brymer

Week 9, Aug. 16-20: The Rev. Dr. Jack Harnish, Pastor Emeritus, First United Methodist Church, Birmingham, MI – Supported by the Rev. Dr. Charles & Barbara Yoost

Week 10, Aug. 23-26: The Rev. Dr. Dennis Miller, Foothills District Superintendent, West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, The Plains, OH

Week 10, Aug. 23-26: Fellowship of Associate Members & Local Pastors Retreat of The United Methodist Church

Week 11, Aug. 30-Sept. 2: The Rev. Andrew Forrest, Munger Place United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX – Supported by Dr. James & Betty Jane Young

Week 11, Aug. 30-Sept 2: "Ignite, Invite, Inspire" Church Revitalization Conference

Sept. 6, Labor Day weekend: Bishop Tracy S. Malone, East Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church, North Canton, OH


2021 Preachers of the Week

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

Each summer, Lakeside invites preachers from around the world to bring their message to our Sunday Hoover Community Worship Services at 10:30 a.m. while the Chautauqua Choir sings.

Every preacher represents a different understanding of faith. We encourage them to share stories of their own faith journeys and lead our Faith for Living Hour at 9 a.m. Monday-Thursday in Orchestra Hall.

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

Week 1, 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

Week 2, June 20-25: Lutheran Chautauqua Week, Bishop Daniel Beaudoin, Northwestern Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Findlay, OH

Week 3, June 27-July 1: The Rev. Dr. Shannon Kershner, Senior Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL - Supported by The Rev. Ruth C. Shannon Endowment

Week 4, July 4-8: The Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, Middle Collegiate Church, New York, NY - Supported by the Hottenroth Family

Week 5, July 11-15: The Rev. Olu Brown, Lead Pastor, Impact United Methodist Church, East Point, GA - Supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment

Week 6, July 18-22: Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., Founder of Homeboy Industries, Los Angeles, CA - supported by James E. Beardsley & Doris F. Beardsley

Week 7, July 25-29: The Rev. Dr. James A. Harnish, Retired Pastor, United Methodist Church, Longwood, FL - Supported by the Knobel Family Endowment

Week 8, Aug. 1-5: The Rev. Dr. Lillian Daniel, Senior Pastor, First Congregational Church, Dubuque, IA - Supported by The Rev. Dr. Ned & Shirley DeWire Endowment

Week 9, Aug. 8-12: The Rev. Dr. Jeff Frohner, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, San Clemente, CA - Supported by Wayne & Susan Warden

Week 10, Aug. 15-19: The Rev. Dr. John Ed Mathison, Leadership Ministries, Frazer Memorial United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL - Supported by Dr. James & Betty Jane Young

Week 11, Aug. 22-26: The Rev. 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

Week 12, Aug. 29- Sept. 1: The Rev. Dr. Thomas Long, Bandy Professor of Preaching, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA

Church Pass
A complimentary Church Pass may be obtained between 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 1 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto. Passes must be validated at the church service. This pass does not allow access to Hoover Auditorium shows or the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus pool.

Faith for Living Hour Pass
A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available between 8:30-9 a.m. Monday-Thursday; valid until 1 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto. Passes must be validated at the service. This pass does not allow access to Hoover Auditorium shows or the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus pool.

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