Candidate Biography

    The Rev. Laurie A. Haller

    Grand Rapids, MI

    Spouse: Gary Thomas Haller

    Children:Sarah Nicole Haller Smith, Garth Christopher Haller, Talitha Louise Haller

    Education and Honors:
  • Yale University Divinity School, 1978-1980 (M.Div.)
  • Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music, 1976-1978 (Master of Music, Organ Performance)
  • Berliner Kirchenmusikschule, West Berlin, Germany, 1974-1975 (Student)
  • Wittenberg University, 1972-1976 (Bachelor of Music, Organ Performance)
  • Ministry:
  • 2006-Present: District Superintendent, Grand Rapids District, United Methodist Church,
  • 1993-2006: First United Methodist Church, Grand Rapids MI, (Co-Pastor)
  • 1989-1993: Hart United Methodist Church, Hart MI (Pastor)
  • 1985-1989: Ludington United Methodist Church, Ludington MI (Associate Pastor)
  • 1982-1985: Ogdensburg United Methodist Church, Traverse City MI (Pastor)
  • 1976-1981: Stratford United Methodist Church, Stratford, CT (Director of Music)
  • Membership:
    West Michigan Conference
    General Conference:
  • Delegate 2008, 2004; Alternate, 1996

    North Central Jurisdictional Conference:
  • Delegate 2008, 2004, 2000, 1996

    General Board of Higher Education and Ministry:
  • Director, Member of Audit and Review and Ethnic Concerns Committees 1996-2004,
  • West Michigan Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, (Chair, 2000-2004)
  • Speaker and Retreat Leader for United Methodist Women groups 1997-1998,
  • West Michigan Task Force on Location of Annual Conference, Chair 1994-1996,
  • West Michitan Annual Conference Program Committee,
  • West Michigan Task Force on Clergy Sexual Misconduct,
  • West Michigan Commission on the Status and Role of Women, (Chair, 1992-1995) 1992-1995,
  • West Michitan Conference Council on Ministries,
  • Clergy Mentor for three candidates for ministry
  • Mission trips to Cuba and Haiti; Leader, four trips to Israel, 1989, 1996, 2001, summer 2008
  • 2006-Present: Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Trustee
  • Grand Rapids Downtown Rotary Club, 1994-2006
  • Grand Rapids Downtown Ministries Task Force, 1996-2000
  • Steering Committee and Clergy Task Force, Grand Rapids
  • Area Community Marriage Policy, 1998-2002
  • Nokomis Foundation Advisory Task Force on Girls, 1997-1998
  • Chair, Personnel Committee, and Board member, Hospice of Mason County, 1985-1989

  • "Leading from the Heart" e-mail column,
    "Join the Journey on the UM Way," United Methodist Reporter, Jan. 16, 2008
  • Michigan Christian Advocate, correspondent, 1988-present
  • "A Tribute to Brother Roger," Worship Arts, November-December 2005
  • "How We Introduced Taize Sung Prayers," Worship Arts, January-February 2004
  • "Caring for Each Other as Co-Pastors," Worship Arts, January-February 1998
  • "It Can All Be Yours," The Christian Ministry, March-April, 1992
  • "Jesus Christ: Do You Accept?" Best Sermons 3, Harper and Row, 1990
  • "The Gospel in Softball," Circuit Rider, April 1990
  • "Surviving Sunday and Praying for Monday," Circuit Rider, October1988
  • Office:
    Grand Rapids District
    2320 Elmwood Dr. SE
    Grand Rapids MI 49506
    Phone: 616-459-4503
    Fax: 616-459-0242
    Endorsed by:
    West Michigan Annual Conference
    West Michigan Conference General and Jurisdictional Conference Delegation
    North Central Jurisdiction Urban Network
    North Central Jurisdiction Town and Country Association
    West Michigan Conference John Wesley Association (Fellowship of Local Pastors and Associate Members)
    West Michigan Conference Town and Rural Fellowship
    West Michigan Conference Commission on Religion and Race
    West Michigan Conference Methodist Federation for Social Action

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