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Missional Formation Spring Gathering

April 2, 2022
Midland, MI

This face-to-face fellowship/learning event is specially designed to encourage and facilitate existing and potential Deacon and Ministry Assistant students to successfully engage with the great coursework and mentor teams toward degree completion and growing ministry effectiveness. While particularly designed for existing students, potential students and interested pastors are welcomed and strongly encouraged to attend. Along with an exegetical focus as Rev. Ken Huner leads a study into a select portion of the Greek New Testament, you will hear updates from Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper and Dean of Instruction Rev. Ken Huner on a “second track” for Deacon Training that will not be on the Sioux Fall Seminary platform. Finally, hear an encouraging report from our school’s first graduate, Deacon Al Renard.

A note regarding masks during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has provided mask guidance that flexes based on three key COVID-19 phases (response, recovery, and readiness). The Michigan District will follow any mask mandates by the MDHHS, local health departments, or venues that are in place at the time of an event or conference. Masks are generally available at the registration desk. If you are feeling unwell or have any symptoms of COVID prior to arrival, please stay home.

When & Where


April 2, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Messiah Lutheran Church
1550 S Poseyville Rd
Midland, MI, 48640-8549
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Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper

Rev. Dr. Robert Kasper presently serves as Assistant to the President/Congregation Mission and Ministry Support/Metro Zone for the Michigan District, LCMS. Prior to joining the Michigan District staff in 2012, Kasper served nearly 30 years as a parish pastor in suburban St. Louis, Mo. and Detroit, Mich. He serves as the Facilitator for Intentional Interim Ministry in the Michigan District. He continues to read extensively in the areas of Systems Theory, Leadership, and Adaptive Missions for the Church in the Post-modern/Post-Christian era.  Kasper and his wife Debbie live in Ypsilanti, Mich. They have four grown children and nine grandchildren.


Rev. Ken Huner

Rev. Ken Huner serves as the Dean of Instruction for the Michigan District School of Missional Formation. His education includes AA, BA degrees and a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. Mo. He previously served as a pastor and part-time instructor at Concordia University Ann Arbor. He continues in his role as a Thrivent Representative. Rev. Huner’s hobbies include golf, RV camping, and studying Biblical Greek. He and his wife, Kim, have been married for 45+ years and have four sons, 7 grandchildren, and 2 dogs.


Deacon Alfred Renard

Deacon Al Renard notes that, from an early age, he aspired toward both engineering and ministry. His educational path found its way to and through Concordia University Ann Arbor (formerly Concordia Junior College AA, 1973); Concordia University Nebraska Seward (formerly Concordia Teacher’s College); Southeast Community College, Milford, NE, (AS, 1982); and Concordia University Ann Arbor, MI, (BA, 2002). Now Al is happy to announce that in January of 2022, he has earned his Master of Arts degree in Missional Formation from Sioux Falls Seminary, Sioux Falls, SD, in association with the Michigan School of Missions, Michigan District, LCMS. This educational journey and his engineering career have prepared him well for his current service as deacon at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Wayne, Mich. Through all this, the Lord has blessed Al with his wife of 47 years, Bonnie, and their son, Nathan.


Registration is now open.

Registration deadline is March 24, 2022.

Cost: $20 (includes lunch)

General Registration