Urban Institute 2017 - Crossroads | Michigan District, LCMS

Urban Institute 2017 - Crossroads

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 06:00 pm EDT to Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 11:00 am EDT

Bethany Lutheran Church
11475 Outer Dr E
Detroit, MI 48224

Event Description: 


This year's Urban Institute theme, Crossroads, will focus on the connection between the cross and the community. Jesus entered into history to be the constructive solution for flawed humanity, broken systems, and fractured communities. Sin created systematic issues and global inequities, which the body of Christ finds itself strategically positioned within proximity to address.

Spirit-filled imagination and holistic collaborations such as in the days of Nehemiah are required to adequately reconstruct and restore families and communities. The educational, medical, political, and non-profit sectors of society will be presented as areas of intersection. Speakers will provide truths, principles, and strategies for leadership in the church to investigate and incorporate into their mission context.

Registration Information: 

General Registration - $50/person

Includes access to all presentations and meals.


All lodging is the responsiblity of the attendee. One of the nearest hotels is:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites – Roseville
31900 Little Mack Ave
Roseville MI  48066
888.HOLIDAY or 586.285.5800

Compassion Ministry

Please bring shirts, blouses, and jeans for boys and girls, size medium and large. This clothing ingathering will support the foster care youth of Wellspring Lutheran Services.

Rev. Dietrick A. Gladden

Rev. Dietrick A. Gladden

Rev. Dietrick Gladden hails from Newark, New Jersey. He served in the US Navy in San Diego, Cal. and, upon completion of his enlistment, studied Fire Science. He graduated from the Harland Fire Academy in 1991.

Rev. Gladden played professional and semi-professional roller hockey, and was a coach for numerous travel and university hockey teams in California. While doing all this, he was active in youth ministry and church volunteer work.

Rev. Gladden left behind the coaching world to pursue ministry and to come to Pontiac, Mich. as a missionary through POBLO Ministries. He entered the Deacon program, going on to graduate from the EIIT program at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. in 2013. He is the sole Pastor at St. Paul Community Lutheran Church, Pontiac, Mich. since 2006. In 2014, he started a Spanish ministry at St. Paul, which continues to reach their expanding Spanish community.

Rev. Gladden is married to Becky and they have four grown children and two granddaughters.

Bill Hardiman

Bill Hardiman

Office of Interagency Collaboration and Reengineering
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Former State Senator Bill Hardiman holds an MA in public administration from Western Michigan University, a BA from Grand Valley State University, and an associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College.

Hardiman is the director of the Office of Interagency Collaboration and Reengineering for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. He previously served in the Michigan Senate from 2002-2010. Before that, he was mayor of the city of Kentwood (1992-2002). He also served on many other boards and is one of the founders and current Chairman of Healthy Marriages Grand Rapids, a broad-based program to promote strong marriages and family life.

Bill Hardiman and his wife, Clova, reside in Kentwood.

Patti Jacques

Patti Jacques

Cofounder, Executive Director
Gifts For All God's Children

Patti Jacques is cofounder and  Executive Director of Gifts For All God’s Children (GFAGC), which started in 1988. She is Urban Outreach Co-coordinator at Faith Lutheran Church in Troy and is the past President of the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries (DRMM) Auxiliary. She has also served on the Board of Motown United Ministries (Motown Soup) and has been a recipient of many awards.

Patti has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from the University of Michigan and has lived in Rochester Hills since 1982. She is married to Jerry and has 4 children and 5 grandchildren.

Corey L. Kennard

Chaplain Corey L. Kennard

Founder, Pastor
Amplify Christian Church, Detroit

Corey L. Kennard is founder and pastor of Amplify Christian Church in Detroit, Mich. He has been involved in the field of healthcare for over 19 years and currently serves as Spiritual Care Lead for St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. Chaplain Kennard earned an M.A. in Christian Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary in Ashland, Ohio, and has served for several years as a Faculty Member of Duke University’s Institute on Care at the End of Life (ICEOL).

Chaplain Kennard has held various leadership positions and lectured throughout the Metropolitan area and abroad for more than 20 years. He is an avid blogger and a New York Times contributing columnist. He has been published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, written motivational columns for The Detroit News, authored a book entitled Goliath Must Fall, and has written/directed a major stage production for Detroit area youth.

Chaplain Kennard shares his life’s work with his wife Kristen, and they are the blessed parents of three children.

Rev. John Arthur Nunes, Ph.D.

Rev. Dr. John Arthur Nunes

Concordia College—New York

Rev. John Arthur Nunes, Ph.D., is the ninth president of Concordia College—New York, a small LCMS school with a diverse and global student body. Nunes came to this Bronxville, NY campus from Valparaiso University, Ind. where he held an endowed interdepartmental professorship.

He also served as the President and CEO of Lutheran World Relief from 2007 to 2013. Prior to that, he was an inner-city pastor in Dallas, Texas and Detroit, Mich.

Known to recite poetry randomly (even without being asked), Dr. Nunes also loves to walk for exercise and to listen to soul-stirring music—from J.S. Bach to Bob Marley. He is married to Monique and they are the parents of six grown children and an expanding entourage of grandchildren. 

Paula Sadler

Paula Sadler

Departmental Specialist
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS)

Paula Sadler has a keen understanding of the workmanship required to connect people for efficient project engagement. Trained in business management, her unique 20-plus-year background encompasses successful management of multimillion-dollar projects, implementation of results and data-driven programs, and effective establishment of faith and community-based collaborations. She is driven by her commitment to serve.

Sadler currently serves as Departmental Specialist for MDHHS, Office of Interagency Collaboration, and Assistant to the Director. This office serves in an outreach capacity to faith and community-based communities, and builds ongoing collaborative relationships.

Prior to joining state government, Sadler devoted a 14-year tenure with Vanguard Community Development Corp. Serving as Director of Programs. She also served as Project Director for “A Call to Service” (ACTS), a 5-year initiative through the Skillman Foundation, collaborating with churches, pastors, and various community stakeholders with the common goal to serve children.

Sadler finds enjoyment in reading, entertaining, cooking, and spending quality time with her grandchildren.


Agenda Details: 

Sunday, September 17

   06:15 – 6:55 p.m. Registration / Light Refreshments
   7 – 8:15 p.m. Worship

Monday, September 18

    8 – 8:55 a.m.  Registration / Breakfast
    9 - 9:05 a.m. Welcome / Framing of Institute
    9:05 – 9:25 a.m. Devotion
    9:30 – 10:20 a.m. Dr. Nunes - Concordia Univ. - New York Cross and Global Implications
  10:25 – 10:35 a.m. Q & A
  10:40 – 11 a.m. Small Group Session
  11 – 11:50 a.m. Dr. Nunes (continued)
  11:50 – 12 p.m. Q & A
  12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch
   12:50 – 1:35 p.m. Chaplain Kennard, St. John Hospital – Cross and Healing
   1:35 – 1:45 p.m. Q & A
   1:50 – 2:20 p.m. Small Group Session
   2:20 – 2:30 p.m. Break
   2:30 - 3:20 p.m.

Senator Bill Hardiman/Paula Sadler, Department of Health & Services - Cross & Government

   3:25 – 3:35 p.m. Q & A
   3:35 – 4:10 p.m. Small Group Session
   4:15 –  Closing
   4:45 – 5:45 p.m. Dinner (Gym)

Tuesday, Sept 19

   8:15 – 9 a.m. Breakfast
   9 – 9:45 a.m.

Patti Jacques Gifts For All God’s Children  - Cross in the Community

   9:45 – 9:50 a.m. Q & A
  9:55 – 10:25 a.m. Small Group Session
  10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Evaluation / Group Picture / Dismissal


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