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Rev. Dr. Ron Bell


Rev. Dr. Ron Bell is Guest Preacher and Teacher

Ron Bell is both a pastor and author. He is the senior pastor of Camphor Memorial UMC and a regular guest columnist for the Saint Paul Monitor. He has written articles for The Upper Room, UMNews.org and has published articles in the Minnesota Coalition for Death Education and Support quarterly journal among other publications. Two of his most popular books both deal with his work with grief and trauma: Is There Space for Me Embracing Grief through Art, and his latest book: The Four Promises Journeying through Past and Present Trauma. On his blog site www.DrRonBell.com, you can find many of his most popular articles on race, trauma, empathy, and grief. He has also created an ongoing webinar series on Trauma and Empathy that he has led with several universities including St. Paul College, Bethel University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Fuller Theological Seminary and several others, as well as with numerous nonprofits and county agencies. Ron is married to Dr. Eboni M. Bell, and they have two sons.

Ron has a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Morgan State University, a master’s degree in Theology from Regent University School of Divinity, a doctorate degree in Ministry from Lancaster Theological Seminary, and has done his certification work for trauma response at Rutgers University School of Social Work. Ron is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  

Special Private Concert: Carrie Newcomer
Thursday, June 2 7:00 PM

The Michigan Conference is thrilled to welcome Carrie Newcomer for a special private concert for our members.   The event will be followed by a reception to meet the artist. 

Born in Dowagiac, Michigan, Carrie Newcomer is a singer, songwriter, author, and speaker. Over her career, she has produced 19 solo CDs and has received numerous awards for her music and charitable activities.  Her songwriting has impressed the likes of Billboard, USA Today, and Rolling Stone, which wrote that she “asks all the right questions.” Newcomer is a frequent collaborator with numerous authors, academics, philosophers, and musicians, including Alison Krauss, Jill Bolte Taylor, Philip Gulley, Scott Russell Sanders, Rabbi Sandy Sasso, Barbara Kingsolver, and Parker J. Palmer. Learn more about Carrie at carrienewcomer.com

The concert will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test no less than 48-hours prior to enter the concert.  You will be required to wear a mask over your mouth and nose during the concert.

Derrick Scott III

Derrick Scott III Returns as Laity Event Teacher

Derrick Scott was last year's Laity Event keynote, and his enthusiasm for lay ministry has spilled over to 2022. 

Derrick has been invited to join us in person as the Laity Event teacher for 2022. Derrick is the Executive Director and United Methodist Campus Minister for the Campus to City Wesley Foundation in Jacksonville and St. Augustine, Fl. He has been leading ministry to college students and young adults for more than 18 years. He is passionate about raising up a new generation of leaders and laborers who will live as disciples of Jesus Christ to transform the world.

Derrick has an undergraduate degree in history, is a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, and a textbook introvert. He loves eating sushi, flying on Delta, pouring craft beer, nerding out over accounting, talking theology, and taking care of his Chihuahua-mix dog Winston and Bengal cat Julian. Most importantly, he hates mayonnaise.
2022 Michigan Annual Conference