The Stated Meeting was hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Okemos. Avery Arden, an autistic, gender-queer minister who is a board member of More Light Presbyterians and creator of the “Blessed Are the Binary Breakers” multifaith podcast of trans stories was our guest preacher. The meeting theme, Lift Up Your People, focused on inclusion and acceptance within the presbytery and our individual communities. 

After lunch was a presentation and panel discussion led by Arden and Nominating & Representation Committee members about gender diversity. Other highlights of the meeting included:


  • God Who Gathers Outcasts a reflection on Isaiah 56:1-8 and I Corinthians 12:12-27
    • Avery Arden, Board Member of More Light Presbyterians
  • Celebration of the Lord’s Supper
    • Rev. Dr. Lisa Schrott


  • First Read of the Proposed Budget for 2024
  • Introduction of Tommy Langejans, Candidate under care
  • Report of the Synod Commission, Rev. Charlotte Ellison
  • Report of the Executive Presbyter/Stated Clerk, Rev. Fran Lane-Lawrence
  • Final Report of the Administrative Commission for North Kent Presbyterian Church
  • Apologies to the Presbytery from the Session of North Kent Presbyterian Church and
  • Rev. Karen Fitz-LaBarge, Pastor of North Kent Presbyterian Church


  • Consent Agenda
  • Examined and Approved Mackenzie Jager for Ordination (to First Presbyterian Church,
  • Muskegon, MI


Commissioners to the PCUSA 226 th General Assembly (2024)

  • YAAD: Savannah Gildea, Schoolcraft First
  • TE: Rev. Stan Jenkins, Lansing First
  • TE: Rev. Lynette Sparks, Grand Rapids Westminster
  • RE: Eileen Best, Portage Westminster
  • RE: Brian Nederveld, Kalamazoo First
  • TE Alternate: Rev. Christopher Mergener, Niles First
  • TE Alternate: Rev. Chrissy Westbury, Kalamazoo First and PLM AP