Preacher of the Week: The Rev. Laurie Haller

Laurie HallerEveryone experiences the burnout of life’s daily routine and hectic schedule. The Rev. Laurie Haller, Preacher of the Week from August 16-21, will share a special message with Lakesiders about how she rediscovered play and purpose during those times of burnout.

A native of Birmingham, Mich., the Rev. Haller has served churches for the past 32 years. She currently is the Senior Pastor at First United Methodist Church in Birmingham.

She has traveled to Cuba, Haiti and Zimbabwe for mission trips and has led four trips to Israel.

The Rev. Haller is no stranger to the Chautauqua experience; she has also preached at Bay View Assembly in Petoskey, Mich., a sister Chautauqua.    

Over the course of the Rev. Haller’s ministry, she faced burnout and needed to step away. During this time, she authored Recess: Rediscovering Play and Purpose, a reflective journal about her three-month sabbatical to discover herself.

The Rev. Haller has written several articles and essays for the Michigan Christian Advocate, Worship Arts the United Methodist Reporter. She also has her own blog, Leading from the Heart (, which she updates weekly.

The Rev. Haller earned her Bachelor of Music from Wittenberg University. She earned her Master of Music from Yale University School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. Both degrees are in organ performance. She attended the Berliner Kirchenmusikschule (Church Music School) in West Berlin, Germany.

The Rev. Haller completed her Master of Divinity from Yale University Divinity School.

At the 10:30 a.m. Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, Aug. 16, the Rev. Haller will provide a message about Matthew 14:22-36 and the miracles of Jesus walking on water and calming the storm.

In her sermon, titled “The Baby Elephant Syndrome: Faith and Doubt,” she will highlight how hard challenges bring blessings.

For those who wish to attend the Hoover Community Worship Service, a complimentary Church Pass may be obtained 7:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday; valid until 3 p.m. The pass includes admittance for guests and auto.

The Rev. Haller will also provide the message at 9:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday for Faith for Living Hour in Orchestra Hall.

A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The pass includes admittance to Lakeside for guests and auto.

At 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Rev. Haller will lead Vespers by the Lake, held at the Steele Memorial Bandstand.

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