General Assembly of the Church of God in Michigan

46th Ministers Retreat

January 29-31, 2024

Balance in Life and Ministry

Gull Lake Ministries
Hickory Corners, Michigan

Pastors and church leaders, How is your spiritual tank? Are you pouring into others and feeling the need for spiritual renewal? Are you preaching, teaching, and serving well, yet individually you need a sense of balance in your own faith journey? Join us for the January Ministry Retreat where you will have an opportunity to find balance in your life in the areas of worship, prayer, bible study, service, and fellowship. Find fresh vitality in your journey so that you can better minister to others.

Welcome to an enhanced Balanced Faith Walk!

Come and join us!


David Aukerman

Rev. Dr. David Aukerman

David has served as the pastor of Mt. Haley Church of God in the Midland area since 2010. He has been involved in various ways in our state organization, including the Pastoral Health Ministry and the Board of Directors. David has preached at our Men's Retreat, St. Louis Camp Meeting, Charlevoix Family Camp, and the Church of God Convention in Anderson. Locally, he serves on the leadership team for the "Call to the Creek" home repair work camp and on the board of the Midland Area Interfaith Friends. He regularly listens to the podcasts "Interfaith Voices," "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me," and "Learning How to See." David has both a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry in spiritual formation from Anderson University. In his spare time, he likes to sing with his wife Tara in as many choirs as possible, play chess with the local chess club, solve puzzles with the National Puzzlers League, and cheer for the Cleveland Guardians and Great Lakes Loons.

Joshua Brandt

Rev. Joshua Brandt

Joshua Brandt has committed his life to helping leaders become who God created them to be. His experiences in 28 years of ministry have given him a unique perspective on leading a church in during this season. While he is focused on
church leaders, Joshua also believes that helping churches fully understand the power available through Holy Spirit, the depth of Scripture, and the importance of healthy systems creates an atmosphere for spiritual health.

Through serving on Credentials teams for over a decade, Joshua has witnessed how these moments are instrumental in the care and development of our pastors. His involvement with the National Committee on Credentials has allowed him to witness the struggles and victories that leaders are experiencing throughout the Movement.

Joshua and Laura celebrated 26 years of marriage this summer and are parents to three adult daughters. Joshua serves as Lead Pastor of Pennway Church of God in Lansing, Michigan.

Cameron Kreager

Rev. Cameron Kreager

Rev. Cameron Kreager grew up in Lexington, KY and, after graduating high school, moved to Oklahoma City, OK where he attended Mid-America Christian University and received his Bachelor's in Music and Worship Ministry. From there, he has pastored in Lake Charles, LA and Poplar Bluff, MO as Worship & Youth Pastor. As of September 2022, he has been serving alongside Rev. Joshua Brandt at Pennway Church of God in Lansing, MI as the Worship Pastor.

In 2012, Cameron married his wife, Jennifer, in northern San Antonio, TX two days after graduating from Mid-America Christian University and began his first position in Lake Charles, LA two weeks after their wedding. Since that time, Cameron and Jennifer have welcomed two children into the world: Avery (9) and Noah (7).

The whole family has a love for music and they lead together regularly as a family. Music and Worship is etched into their DNA for many generations and they plan to continue serving the Father faithfully through Worship Ministry together.

Dave Perry

Rev. Dave Perry

Pastor Dave Perry has been the Pastor of the Edgewood Church in Ithaca, Michigan since 2008.
Dave married Jeannie Taylor Perry in 1979. They have wonderful three sons (two are CHOG pastors), three beautiful daughter-in-law’s, seven of the most adorable grandkids in the world and a really cute Yorkie Terrier named “Rosie”.
Dave is a graduate of Anderson University and was ordained in 1983. Since 1981, Dave and Jeanie Perry have served congregations in Washington State, Oregon, and Michigan. Together they have served in and have led Youth camps, marriage retreats and camp meetings. Dave has served on many levels of leadership in ministerial and community groups and in State leadership in two states for the Church of God.

From 2005 until 2021, he served as a Regional Pastor, being a “pastor to pastor’s” and serving lay leaders and congregations in the Church of God in Michigan.

As a speaker, Dave loves to share stories, humor and a practical application of the Bible for everyday life.
Dave has a passion for Cross Cultural Mission Work Camps and has participated in work camps in the last 40 years within the United States and in Brazil and in Guatemala and Haiti. Dave serves on the Board of Directors for “Helping Hands in Motion” –
My understanding about being a Christian is this =
“Following Jesus is a relationship that is marked by Joy, Passion and Generosity!”

Dale Turner

Rev. Dale Turner

Pastor Dale E. Turner is the lead pastor of Lighthouse Community Church of God. And has been a part of the Lighthouse family since 1998 serving as Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Worship leader, then as Body Life Pastor and most recently as Pastor. She is the first woman pastor of Lighthouse.

Pastor Turner was called to ministry in 1991 and was ordained by the Church of God in November 2001. She has attended Bay Ridge Christian College (79-80), Spring Arbor College and Ashland Theological Seminary.

Pastor Turner has served the Church of God at the local and state levels. Serving as the Youth Director of the Greater Detroit Metropolitan Fellowship, overseeing youth rallies for the Detroit Metropolitan area. A member of the Church of God in MI, Credentials Ministry Team, Workshop Presenter, Interim Pastor, and Ministry Coach.

Pastor Dale is also retired registered nurse after 37 years, working in Neonatal Intensive Care.

She is a widow, she loves bike riding and football and is a Chicago Bears fan.

Ministers in Residence

Sandy Kuepfer

Minister in Residence
Rev. Sandy Kuepfer, M.Div., Spiritual Director

Rev. Sandy Kuepfer [kip-fer] was raised in Wisconsin and graduated from Anderson University and the School of Theology, where she met her husband Scott, who is also an ordained pastor. Sandy served as associate pastor at Rustic Hills Community Church in Sioux Falls, SD for nine years. She then stayed home with her children, Noah and Ella, for ten years. Six years ago, her family moved to the Lansing area, where they worship at Pennway Church of God. Sandy completed her certification for Spiritual Direction from Sioux Falls Seminary in 2017. Currently she is bi-vocational and offering spiritual direction part-time. Through retreats, classes, spiritual direction, and everyday conversations, Sandy enjoys sharing with believers about contemplative spiritual practices, prayer, and creating space to rest and listen to Jesus.

Minister in Residence
Rev. Scott Kuepfer
Grief, Loss, and Transition


Monday, January 29

01:30-4:00 p.m.
     Registration in the Ministry Center
4:00 p.m.
     Session 1 - Fellowship with Rev. Dave Perry
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
     Free time with bowling

Tuesday, January 30

8:00 a.m.
9:00-11:00 a.m.
   Session 2 – "Study" with Rev. Dr. David Aukerman
12:30 p.m.
2:00-4:00 p.m.
   Session 3 – "Service" with Rev. Dale Turner
6:00 p.m.
7:15-8:15 p.m.
   Session 4 – “Prayer” with Rev. Joshua Brandt   
     (communion during this service)
8:15 p.m.
   Free time with bowling

Wednesday, January 31

8:00 a.m.
9:00-10:30 a.m.
   Session 5 – “Worship” with Rev. Cameron Kreager
10:30-11:00 a.m.
   Concluding Session -

Registration Costs

Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Eastern Canada Ministers - Single Occupancy: $300.00

Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Eastern Canada Ministers - Double Occupancy: $250.00

Retired Ministers - Single Occupancy: $200.00

Retired Ministers - Double Occupancy: $150.00

Out-of-State Ministers - Single Occupancy: $350.00

Out-of-State Ministers - Double Occupancy: $300.00

Daily Attendance - Jan. 29: $90.00
Daily Attendance - Jan. 30: $125.00
Daily Attendance - Jan. 31: $30.00

Lifelong Learning Matching Funds

Lifelong Learning Matching Funds may be used for this event. Email the Service Center to request your current balance.

Lifelong Learning Registration is part of the online registration.

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