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Rev. Kim DeLong appointed to Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church


 

Rev. Kim DeLong

The Rev. Kim DeLong and the Courtland-Oakfield United Methodist Church have a common denominator in that they are both familiar with change. On July 1, the congregation welcomes yet another new pastor. Pastor Kim has moved about in West Michigan since she began in 1998. She has held appointments in Muskegon, Grand Rapids, Belding, Turk Lake, Greenville, and three Big Rapids area congregations linked together by assignment of the Michigan Area Bishop: Third Avenue, Paris, and Rodney. Her new appointment includes Courtland-Oakfield UMC and Wyoming Park UMC, serving half time in each congregation.

Kim’s broad experience began as a Local Pastor, which led Kim to attend Garrett-Evangelical Theological School, in order to be ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church. After serving as Deacon she then felt a call to move her ordination status to that of Elder, which she earned in 2016. This sojourn through the categories of professional ministry exposed her to opportunities to serve the church in a variety of circumstances, enlarging her vision of ministry while benefiting the congregations as well. She is a seasoned, gifted and learned pastor.

Courtland-Oakfield Governance Board Chair Megan Harding says, “We are really thrilled that Pastor Kim has agreed to serve our church, and I have total confidence that she will continue to lead us as we move forward with our values as we learn to become people who love as God loves.”

Kim lives in Rockford with her husband, Cameron. They have three children and four grandchildren.

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Ralph C. Elder, Sr. July 12, 1945 – December 6, 2010 Through our tears and fears We remember the past years The one we love Now safe up above Our thoughts engraved forever Some we strive to endeavor A father, husband, and son Eternally a special someone Now lost in thought and prayer Know how much we care We love you, The Elder Family

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Thank You


As I celebrate my 90th year, I wish to thank all of those who have made my life full and enjoyable. I have been blessed by wonderful family, friends and neighbors, many of whom were kind enough to help celebrate my birthday with a lovely party. Thank you to all!

Virginia (Hanna, Elder) Fisher

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