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My name is Sarah Tucker. I have been a member of Hope for 19 years. I work in PR, communications and outreach at St. Clair County Community Mental Health. After attending Northern Michigan University, I completed a year of service with Lutheran Volunteer Corps. My husband Colin and I were married in November of last year and we spend our free time traveling the Midwest with Colin's Rugby Team, renovating our 1930's home, and with our rescue dog Abby.
Most Embarrassing Moment: Literally don't have one, and not because I don't embarrass easily, but because I do. Everything is embarrassing; life is embarrassing.
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 5:3-5
I was born and raised in Michigan and have been in Metro Detroit since 2001. I have a BA from MSU, Master’s from EMU, and Ph.D. from MSU. Currently, I serve as the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, where I’ve worked since 2003. I’ve been married to my wonderful husband and amazing partner Evan since 2013, and we are proud parents to a beautiful little boy named Ethan.
Most Embarrassing Moment: I was at a job interview and had my legs crossed. During the interview my foot fell asleep, though I didn’t realize it. At the end, I got up to shake the interviewer’s hand but lost my footing and immediately careened backwards into a chair with wheels which then rolled (crashed, really) into the wall behind me. Embarrassed, I apologized and tried to make a quick exit but fell flat on my face two steps later. Needless to say, I didn’t get a call back for that job.
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
Born in New Jersey, lived all over, and managed to totally lose the accent! We have lived in Farmington Hills for just over 20 years.
Met my wonderful wife Mary on something of a blind date, at my sister’s (as well as Mary’s) graduation from the University of Illinois and we recently celebrated our 42nd Wedding Anniversary.
We have 3 wonderful daughters, and sons-in-law, and 6 amazing grandchildren.
Most Embarrassing Moment: Far too many to try to select just one!
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 13 “. . . . . . But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
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Born and raised in Detroit, I moved to Novi in 1981 and joined the Novi Fire Department. On October 9th, 1982 I met my awesome wife Cindy on a blind date. During her High School break in December, I proposed and we were married on March 25th, 1983. We have three children, Wallace A. Bishop III, Kyle F. Bishop, and Brittany Caron. We also have two grandsons, Liam W. and Theodore E. Caron. My Firefighting career spanned from 1981 thru 2005. My duties were LT. Firefighter/Medic and state certified fire instructor. In 1990 I was privileged to receive the Firefighter of the Year Award from the Novi Jaycees. After leaving the department wanting to continue to serve the community, I joined the United States Civil Air Patrol as my daughter was the Cadet Commander and I served as Deputy Squadron Commander of the Sixth Gate Squadron in Novi for approximately 5 years. Currently Cindy and I are still residents of Novi and I am employed as Plant Manger for a leading Machine Tool Company Reinhart Industries.
Most Embarrassing Moment: I will only say that I was young and it was alcohol induced.
Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 25: 35-40 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you? “The King will reply”, Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.
I’m a native Michigander, a longtime member of Hope and have served as Secretary somewhere around 5 years. I live in Farmington Hills with my husband Doug. We have two children, Ashley & Zach, who both attend Michigan State University. I work for Hella, an automotive supplier, as a tax accountant. We love being busy and active. I enjoy traveling and if we can experience nature and incorporate hiking, biking, skiing, or swimming, then even better!
Most Embarrassing Moment: As teens, my kids loved to embarrass me in public! Once, on vacation, my son was being difficult so I told him, “I’m your mother, and you should treat me like a queen!” In the middle of a busy sidewalk, he proceeded to do just that. He became my “royal” escort with obnoxious gestures and loud, repeated exclamations of, “everyone, please make way for the Queen!” As a person who likes to blend in, I was mortified!
Favorite Bible Verse: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for well-being, and not for calamity, in order to give you a future and a hope."
I decided to ask my children to help me with my bio. Korrine (age 9) said that I am a mom, I have two kids (pointing at herself and her little brother Dalton (age 6)) and I have a wife. I also work hard with numbers in downtown Detroit, well at home for now. I love to watch my kids play sports, and really enjoy family time, especially with our new camper. I grew up in Toledo, OH, earned a BS in Accounting from Miami University in Oxford, OH, and then moved to the Detroit area after graduation while working at a large public accounting firm. Dawn (my wife and the kids “Matka”) and I met in 2000 playing recreation league basketball, 7 years later we had our “wedding” and this year we celebrated our 13th anniversary. We are blessed to have our two kids, with a couple more angels in heaven watching over us which is why one of my mottos is: “God never gives one more than they can handle.”
Most Embarrassing Moment: Too many too list, some involve tripping over an invisible stone, using the wrong word in context during a work conference call, and forgetting someone’s name, over and over again.
Favorite Bible Verse: At the moment, Heb 11:1 – Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hello! Well, I was born and raised in a very charismatic household which included three generations of pastors. My grandmother, father, mother, and brother were all called to Ministry. While chasing my divine call, I felt drawn to Oral Roberts University. When finances ran out, I could not continue my education at that time. After returning home from O.R.U., I met my husband and father of my two children. After a tumultuous relationship, I prayerfully decided to divorce.
Throughout my years of walking with God, my heart, mind and soul were restored and I finally came to recognize my truest person as a member of the LGBT+ community. I met the love of my life, Mita P. Bhavsar through a job opportunity and our friendship grew into a healthy relationship of over 10+ years. In 2015, after same gender marriages were approved by the Supreme Court we were married in a small office ceremony on February 7, 2017. We hope to have a big official ceremony one day!
Ministerially, I have been blessed with the gift of teaching and singing that would lead me into various congregations. I have sung with many choirs and congregations including Willow Creek, Kensington, Northridge, Higher Dimensions and O.R.U.’s Souls A’ Fire, and even auditioned for “The Voice.”
Academically, I have achieved my Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Rochester College. Additionally, I graduated from Lawrence Technological University where I received my Master of Science in Global Operations and Project Management. Currently, I have been pursuing my Licensed Lay Minister credential from the ELCA Southeastern Synod with an anticipated graduation in Spring of 2022.
I have worked with many large religious projects and organizations from Detroit, Chicago, and even Los Angeles. I have assisted in coordinating the JAM Youth Conference which drew 8,000 students to the Arie Crown Theater in downtown Chicago. Through this opportunity, I worked with nationally known ministers such as Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Iona Locke (RIH), Pastor Stephen Munsey and notable celebrities such as Chris Tucker, T.K. Carter, and DeLeon Richards. Additionally, I was able to single-handedly work with Creflo Dollar Ministries coordinating citywide evangelistic activities. From 2010-2015, I was the Youth Pastor for NextGen Detroit, on the north end of Detroit. NextGen is a student ministry established to ensure teens grow spiritually, academically, and socially. My most recent project is Rebel-Luthernary TV, a video podcast, where I explore social justice projects around the city and suburbs of the greater Detroit area.
I’ve been a member at Hope all of my life. I was baptized and confirmed here. I live on Middle Straits Lake where I like to swim and go boating with my family, friends and neighbors. I am a senior at the International Academy where my favorite classes are art, french and literature. I’m looking forward to college next year where I plan to go into nursing. I play tennis and do gymnastics for my school. Last season, we beat the reigning state champions.
My most embarrassing moment recently was not recognizing one of my friends that came in while I was working at tropical smoothie. He waved to me, but with the mask, longer hair and new earring I did not recognize him. I thought he was waving to someone behind me. I even asked for a name for the order.My favorite Bible verse is Romans 12:9-13 which says “Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.” It outlines what I think our mentality should be on earth.
Hello! About me? Well, how about we do this in sound bites (feel free to ask questions later): born in California, raised in Minnesota/N. Dakota by my mom, B.A. in Music from Concordia College, MN, seminary both at Wartburg Theological in Iowa and Luther in Minnesota earning my M.Div., served as Youth Pastor in Las Vegas, NV, thanks to my buddy Mike I played a bit with The Second City Comedy Club, a professor at Waldorf College, a mission Pastor in Wisconsin and now here at Hope in Michigan, currently doctoral work at George Fox. I play a few instruments (started the violin in 1st grade) and played guitar in a band or two, been to 15 countries, husband to Brenda, father to my three AWESOME girls…questions?
Most Embarrassing Moment: 1st job leading a staff activity, I’m in the middle of a circle of 20 church staff people…and fog horn went off (gas)….oh my
Verse: Matthew 5:44 “…love your enemies…” - I believe the gospel really IS that radical!