Welcome Rev. Daniel Hofmann 

     We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Daniel Hofmann as pastor to our congregation effective July 1, 2021. Pastor Daniel, and his wife, Wava, were introduced to our Leadership Team Friday, March 26 by Rev. Jodie Flessner, our District Superintendent. This introduction was made on behalf of Bishop David Bard, who set this appointment.

     Pastor Daniel comes to us from the Leland Community UMC, where he has served as pastor during recent years. Pastor Daniel was born and raised in Switzerland, and he and Wava are parents of three adult children and grandparents to three precious ones. Wava is also a pastor, and her passion for mission has called her to the Northport Indian Mission UMC, where she will continue to serve. 

 

    Before being called into the ministry, Pastor Daniel worked as an investigative journalist for one of the major Swiss newspapers. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and United Theological Seminary in Dayton.

     In his spare time, Pastor Daniel enjoys reading and writing, traveling, hiking, biking and exploring wild places. Pastor Daniel’s gifts and abilities are many and his experience is rich—we look forward to getting to know him better! We also look forward to greeting the Hofmanns’ canine family member, “Uors!” Uors (pronounced “orse”) is a Bernese Mountain Dog, and his name is a Swiss-German word for “bear.”

     Bishop Bard has appointed Pastor Daniel to our church ¾ time, and ¼ time to Brooks Corners UMC in Evart. While this is a new arrangement for us, we are confident that the shared assignment will work well for both churches. Details are still being worked out and will be shared as more is known, but feel free to ask any questions you may have.

     We are excited to soon welcome Pastors Daniel and Wava, and to share his ministry within our church and in our community. Please hold Daniel and Wava in prayer during the upcoming months of transition. In the meantime, we also pray for Pastor Kristen and Chris as they begin their transition to Cheboygan. We will be celebrating their ministry with us, thanking them for their service, and praying God’s blessing upon their future.

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