Interim Director effective October 17, 2018: The Rev. David A. Brower
David began his life’s journey running through the plains and forests of the then Belgium Congo. His exposure to the exquisite cultural heritage of the Mbunn people admidst a pristine creation unspoiled by Western exploitation left him with an insatiable desire to explore the infinite wonders of the natural world and experience the rich diversity of human cultures.
His upbringing as a Baptist missionary kid blessed him with an abiding love for the stories of the Bible and a deep commitment to serve humanity. An added blessing of his missionary heritage was romancing another missionary kid, his wife Clara, while they were students at the Grand Rapids Bible College (now Cornerstone University). Together they traversed the sometimes rocky, often joyful and always challenging path that led them out of the Baptist fold and into the embrace of the Episcopal Church.
David begin his professional career as a high school social science teacher. Later, after several vocational twists and turns, he began a three-year period as a graduate student in anthropology at Michigan State University. Finally, the call to ordained ministry, which he first heard as a child, caught up with him and he began seminary in his mid-thirties in 1976.
For many years David has served urban and suburban churches in the Detroit area in the Diocese of Michigan and was prominently active in many phases of diocesan life. More recently, he served a cluster of three churches in Ohio and then a church near Buffalo, New York before retiring to a home near his birthplace in Zeeland, MI.
David thoroughly loves his involvement in Interim Ministry and has served six churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan since his return to Michigan (as published in “On Lion,” St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Grand Rapids, MI).
Episcopal Church of the Mediator will be David’s eighth call to Interim Ministry.,
Linnea Berg serves as the Mediator’s Administrative Assistant after a long career in the nonprofit sector. Most recently, she was an executive director of a small faith-based nonprofit in Hamtramck, Michigan (near Detroit) which included a food pantry and other programs. Since music is her passion, she plays in the handbell choir and sings in the choir at Harbert Community Church. She and her husband live in Sawyer.