About Me


Current Occupation:

Pastor of Hersey Congregational Church in Hersey. Michigan since September of 2008.  I dabble at being a writer and have one published letter in a magazine to my credit.  Trustee on the Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District School Board.


Graduate of Reed City High School – Class of 1987

Graduate of Trinity Bible College (Ellendale, ND) – Class of 1993.  Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies / Ministry (double major). Magna Cum Laude.

Graduate of Asbury Theological Semiinary (Wilmore, KY) – Class of 1996.  Master of Arts in Theological Studies.

Ministry History:

I was an Assemblies of God Minister from 1999 till 2007 (2 years licenced, five years ordained).  I pastored two churches Church of the Rock (Greenville, Michigan) and World Harvest Assembly of God (Perry, Michigan)  Before pastoring I was an Associate Pastor of Christian Education at Harvest Assembly of God (Reed City, Michigan).

Political History:

Served as a School Board Member for Reed City Area Public School for four years, three of those years I was Vice President.

Currently a Trustee on the Mecosta – Osceola Intermediate School District. (July 2015 to present)


Christian Conservative Libertarian

24 comments on “About Me

  1. Just visited Shannon T’s blog, which mentioned you. I have poetry that blends Biblical theology with living it…come see! bythemightymumford.wordpress.com. —Jonathan Caswell 🙂

  2. Thanks for following my blog, Ed. Bodybuilder, huh? Good for you. My workout routine in simple: I alternate days between jogging and burpies. I’m up to 3 miles and 160 burpies.

  3. Hi Ed, I am finding your blog site very interesting. I have been focusing on sexuality, spirituality and nudity for starters and have found so much written here that “fits” what I am saying at my site. One of your other readers [homeclothesfree] posted a link at a social naturism site that led me here. I know I will rummaging around a lot more on your site. Thank you, Robert – aka – skycladtherapist. 🙂

    • Thank you for stopping by and browse away. I have felt much for free to discuss the topics of nudity and sexuality since leaving my denomination and going independent.

  4. Thanks for liking my website robertpaulgmelin.wordpress.edu. Although I am not a believer, I am very interested in religious/spiritual thought, and find it particularly refreshing to encounter perspectives that do not repeat the same old oversimplified moralism.

    • Hey, thanks for stopping by. As I shop for blogs to follow and like I am always interested in a broad range of perspectives. Makes me think more. Dangerous yes, but also a lot of fun. 😉

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  6. Hi, I saw your comment on the “Georgia Nerd” blog and looked up your blog. It is very interesting. I struggle with the “church” and the multiple denominations. Lots of questions: Is there a true church (denomination)? Why does God stay so silent when we need him the most? But, I enjoyed reading–have to go now, but will check back soon! Cheers for your excellent writing! Love & Blessings amie

  7. Don Thomason
    January 30, 2015, 7:59 p.m.
    Social Scientist B.A. Social Science-Chapman University, M.A. Comparative Theology-Ambassador University, A.A.S. Paralegal-Columbia Basin College. Your comments on Nudity hold a lot of truth. Last time I checked I have not found any human beings created at birth with clothing. Most modern clergy need a bit of realistic study. and should quit believing in man-made rules.

  8. Thank you for choosing to follow my blog! May you grow more like Jesus as you know more and more of His blessings and favor!
    I noticed you attended TBC. I did also, though did not graduate there. I attended 1986-1988. I finally graduated at Southwestern A/G University in Texas.

  9. Hi Ed,

    It’s nice to find a fellow pastor and ATS grad with whom I find so much in common!

    Do you know Pastor David Hatton? He is a good friend.


    Steve Boggan

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