We invite others to “come as you are” and enter into church life and practices. We welcome others into the wonder of faith and the adventure of following Jesus. And we invite everyone to contribute significantly to the work of the church.
We are comfortable living in and exploring tensions and acknowledging the complexities of the world and of our faith. We often don’t know and can simply acknowledge that fact. We think carefully and thoroughly when making decisions. Our teachings, kids ministry, worship services, small groups, and service efforts are all organized thoughtfully and creatively.
We emphasize wholeness and the whole person, honoring and respecting people’s choices. We resist pretense as we acknowledge the difficulties, pain, and challenges of life -- grieving as we must, while always seeking joy.
Service is held every Sunday at 11:00am at St. Clare's Episcopal Church/ Temple Beth Emeth Located at 2309 Packard St. in Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Ken was born and raised in Detroit, is the father of six, and is married to Julia. Ken received a B.S.N. from the University of Michigan; before entering the pastorate, he worked in community mental health.
Ken is the author of Jesus Brand Spirituality (Thomas Nelson, 2008); co-author with Rich Nathan of Empowered Evangelicals (Ampelon 1995); Mystically Wired: Exploring New Realms in Prayer (Thomas Nelson 2010); and most recently A Letter To My Congregation: An Evangelical Pastor's Path to Embracing Those Who are Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Into the Company of Jesus (ReadTheSpirit, 2014).
Ken was the founding pastor of Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor, served for seven years on the national board of Vineyard USA, and is now on the national advisory board for Blue Ocean Faith. Ken is active in national evangelical environmental initiatives and efforts to open a new dialog between people of faith and science. He is a BioLogos grant recipient.
Emily grew up in Indianapolis and moved to Ann Arbor after college to work for Borders Group Inc. She received her B.A. in history from Butler University, and has worked toward her Master’s degree at Fuller Theological Seminary. Additionally, she spent three years studying Mandarin and Amdo Tibetan languages at Qinghai Minzu Dazue Nationalities University in Xining, China.
After spending some years working for two Fortune 500 companies in public relations, marketing, and finance, she served as a pastor for seven years for the Vineyard Church of Ann Arbor. She is a BioLogos grant recipient, writing small group material around the creation stories in Genesis that makes space for evolutionary theory and deepens the Christian understanding of our sacred text. Emily is engaged to be married to Rachel this June.