I am pleased to announce that Dustin Schlabach (pronounced Slay-Ball) has been added to the Ward Staff as the Director of Small Groups. Last week, Dustin relocated from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Northville, Michigan and is still unpacking boxes. Dustin is a graduate of Appalachian State University (B.S.) and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.) and has a background in organizational development. He will report to Pam Doge and be an integral member of the Group Life team.
As the Director of Group Life, Pam Dodge and her team oversee all adult ministries at Ward. Her title reflects the fact that nearly everything our church does can be considered a “group” of some kind. Pam resources and oversees more than a hundred ministries of all sizes at Ward. It has become clear in recent years that one area of Group Life that requires much more attention is our growing small group ministry. Last year, Session authorized the creation of a new staff position that will focus on the expansion of our small groups’ structure and the development and care of small group leaders. We’d like to produce custom-made curriculum that reinforces our Love-Serve-Share mission. We’d like to create easy on ramps for people to connect to a small group. We’d like to train leaders to ensure healthy, vibrant, disciple-making small groups. The addition of Dustin to the team will allow these initiatives to flourish.
Dustin is a dynamic young man with a passion for Jesus Christ and for the Church. His faith is solid. His enthusiasm is contagious. His chemistry with the team is sound. We look forward to welcoming him to Michigan and to Ward.
You may write Dustin at Dustin.Schlabach@wardchurch.org.