Lakeside Chautauqua’s programming is built upon four pillars: religion, education, cultural arts and rec­reation. At the heart of the Lakeside Chautauqua experience is the religion pillar, fostering faith in the Christian tradition.

The religion pillar is administered by the Religious Life Department, which coordinates a num­ber of programs and activities, in­cluding four Sunday Worship Services, Faith for Living Hour, Sunset Vespers by the Lake, Children’s Ministries (Chil­dren’s Church, God Squad, Middle Grade Madness, Teen Connect and College Station), Interfaith Week, Wednesday Night Family Picnics and more.

Each week during the summer, Lakeside invites preachers from across the world to live in residence as part of the Preacher of the Week program. The preachers share a message with the community at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Hoover Community Worship Service, as well as at the Faith for Living Hour, from 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday.

Lakeside Chautauqua is pleased to announce the guest preachers for the 2015 summer season:

  • May 24, Memorial Day Week­end: U.S. Senate Chaplain Dr. Barry C. Black, Retired Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy, Baltimore, Md.
  • May 31: The Rev. Vernon Shep­herd, Pastor, Lakeside United Meth­odist Church, Lakeside, Ohio
  • June 7: The Rev. Thomas Long, Professor of Preaching, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.
  • June 14: The Rev. Beth Wilterdink, Pastor, Hope Ridge United Methodist Church, Mentor, Ohio (10 a.m. service)
  • Week 1, June 21-26: 95th Annu­al Lutheran Chautauqua Week, The Rev. Dr. Rick Barger, President, Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Colum­bus, Ohio
  • Week 2, June 28-July 3: The Rev. Amy Valdez Barker, Executive Secretary, United Methodist Church Connectional Table, Evanston, Ill.
  • Week 3, July 5-10: The Rev. Dr. Jerry Root, C.S. Lewis Scholar & Billy Graham Center for
    Evange­lism, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Ill. – supported by Bob & Becky Brymer
  • Week 4, July 12-17: Dr. Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, Professor Emer­ita, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, Calif. – support by The Ruth C. Shannon Endowment
  • Week 5, July 19-24: The Rev. Amy Miracle, Pastor, Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Ohio – supported by the Knobel Family Endowment
  • Week 6, July 26-31: The Rev. Greg Nettle, President, STADIA, Northeastern, Ohio; & The Rev. Dr. Wess Stafford, President Emeritus, Compas­sion International, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Week 7, Aug. 2-7: Seeking Peace in a Multi-Faith World, The Rev. Dr. Sergei Nikolaev, Profes­sor of Evangelism & President, United Methodist Seminary, Moscow, Russia – supported by the Gretchen A. Curtis Endowment
  • Week 8, Aug. 9-14: The Rev. Dr. Sandra Selby, Associate Pastor & Senior Community Chaplain, Furnace Street Mission, Akron, Ohio
  • Week 9, Aug. 16-21: The Rev. Laurie Haller, Senior Pastor, First United Method­ist Church, Birmingham, Mich.
  • Week 10, Aug. 23: The Rev. Linda Middelberg, Superintendent, Maumee Watershed District of The United Methodist Church, Maumee, Ohio
  • Week 11, Aug. 30: The Rev. Karen M. Oehl, Superintendent, Mid-Ohio District of The United Meth­odist Church, Mansfield, Ohio
  • Sept. 6, Labor Day Week­end: Bishop Gregory V. Palmer, West Ohio Conference of The Unit­ed Methodist Church, Columbus, Ohio

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

A complimentary Faith for Living Hour Pass is available from 8:30-9:15 a.m. Monday-Thursday, valid until 1:30 p.m. This pass includes admittance for guests and auto. For all other Religious Life programs, a Daily Chautauqua Pass is required. Visit for more information.