Faith Fowler

Faith Fowler is the pastor of Cass Community United Methodist Church and the Executive Director of Cass Community Social Services (CCSS). Established in 2002, CCSS serves more than a million meals each year in addition to providing shelter and transitional housing, job training, employment and medical care to hundreds more.  Fowler recently released a book entitled “This Far by Faith: Twenty Years at Cass Community.”

Hoon-Yung Hopgood

Senator Hopgood has served in public office since getting elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in 2002.  Currently, he is a State Senator representing the 8th District which includes much of the Downriver area of metro Detroit.  He is the first Korean-American to hold state office in Michigan.  Senator Hopgood is involved in many volunteer activities including child literacy activities, Angel Night patrols in Detroit and holiday meal deliveries.

Hoon-Yung-Hopgood meeting
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Jeremy Wicks

Jeremy Wicks serves the United Methodist Church as the Lead Pastor of Connections Cooperative Parish and the Director of the Dansville Community Center, both in the Lansing District.  He is the husband of Toinette and the father of Braxton, Alyxandria, MaKayla and William.  Pastor Jeremy, as he is known to his congregation, is passionate about congregational redevelopment and new church development.  He is serving as the planting pastor of a new church start, which will gather in the Dansville Community Center this October.

Valerie Mossman-Celestine

Valerie Mossman-Celestine was commissioned a Deaconess in the United Methodist Church in 2012.  She is the co-founder of Haitian Artisans for Peace International (HAPI), an organization working to break the cycle of poverty, maternal and infant mortality and broken family systems in Haiti.  Though she continues to live in Grand Rapids, Valerie visits Haiti frequently.

Valerie Mossman Celestine
Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith

My name is Brandon Smith and I direct a non-profit organization named Spirit Journey. I am a 31 year old Odawa Native and a member of the Northport Indian UM Church. Our organization serves Native youth, a community I have been serving for 13 years. We have been active for 2 years and going on our third year of our summer camp that serves 55 youth. We are creating an environment that is exciting for our youth to learn and grow. I plan to spend my life serving the youth through God’s direction and providing an example for all to see how we believe God wants us to be living. Exciting days are ahead!!

Marci Oliver

Marci Oliver is a member of Second Grace United Methodist Church. Since 1999, Marci has served as Children and Youth coordinator and most recently as Program Director for the Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® Site, at Second Grace. Currently, Marci is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Wayne State University’s College of Education. She has been married to her husband of 17 years, Corey Oliver, and together they have two sons, Colby John and Corey Matthew. Marci is a strong believer that what we do for Christ will last. Therefore, her commitment to educating urban youth and assisting in providing faith-based engagement in the local church are her life goals.

Marci Oliver