Staff Blogger: Melissa Kunz, Content Manager


If you’re as excited about the 2015 Chautauqua summer season as everyone here at Lakeside Chautauqua is, then you’ll be happy to hear that we’re giving you an inside look at the exciting events happening in each pillar over the next few months on our blog.

At the heart of the Lakeside experience is the religion pillar, fostering faith in the Christian tradition.

This pillar offers a wide variety of fellowship opportunities for every age during the summer, including Sunday Worship Services, Preachers of the Week, Daily Faith for Living Hour, Vespers by the Lake, Wednesday Family Picnics and Children’s, Teen and College Ministries. The possibilities are endless when taking part in the Lakeside Chautauqua experience.

Lakeside invites preachers from across the world to live in residence as part of our Preacher of the Week program. Each preacher brings spiritual enrichment to the community.

Lakesiders can expect another impressive line-up of inspirational preacher this summer.

Over Memorial Day weekend, U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry C. Black will preach at the Hoover Community Worship Service.Dr. Black is currently the 62nd Chaplain of the U.S. Senate. The service will be accompanied by the Terra Choral Society.

On Sunday, May 31, the Rev. Vernon Shepherd will serve as Guest Preacher. He is currently serving as Pastor of the Lakeside United Methodist Church.

A Guest Preacher for the West Ohio Annual Conference of The United Methodist will lead the Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 7.

On June 14, the Rev. Beth Wilterdink will preach at the Hoover Community Worship Service. Please note that this service will begin at 10 a.m. The Rev. Wilterdink serves as Pastor of Hope Ridge United Methodist Church in Mentor, Ohio.

The Rev. Dr. Rick Barger will serve as Preacher of the Week and lead the Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, June 21 during the 95 Annual Lutheran Chautauqua Week. He serves as President of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio.

Back by popular demand, the Rev. Dr. Jerry Root will speak at a combined Faith for Living Hour and morning educational lecture on ‘C.S. Lewis’ during Week 3. He is a C.S. Lewis scholar and a member of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Ill. This week’s preacher is supported by Bob and Becky Brymer.

The Rev. Dr. Sergei Nikolaev will also present a combined Faith for Living and morning education lecture on ‘Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World’ during Week 7. He serves as Professor of Evangelism and President of the United Methodist Seminary in Moscow, Russia. This week’s preacher is supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment.

Some other welcomed preachers include, the Rev. Amy Valdez Barker (Week 2), Dr. Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki supported by The Rev. Ruth C. Shannon Endowment (Week 4), the Rev. Amy Miracle supported by the Knobel Family Endowment (Week 5), the Rev. Wess Stafford & the Rev. Greg Nettle (Week 6), the Rev. Dr. Sandra Selby (Week 8), the Rev. Laurie Haller (Week 9), the Rev. Linda Middelberg (Week 10) and the Rev. Dr. Karen M. Oehl (Aug. 30).

To close the 2015 Chautauqua summer season, Bishop Gregory V. Palmer will lead the Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, Sept. 6 during Labor Day weekend. He serves as Bishop for the West Ohio Conference of The United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio.

With an inspiring list of preachers visiting Lakeside this summer, who are you most excited about? What fellowship activities are your favorites to participate in under the religion pillar? What activities do you enjoy doing as a family? Tell us in the comments below.