Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note
Rev. Kayla Roosa, Senior Pastor

Reverend, Ron Brooks
Hello Grand Ledge—I am Pastor Kayla!

I am looking forward to being with you in worship on July 14th! I won't be with you in worship on the 7th because I am leading a Canadian Adventure High School Kayak Camp (July 5-13) through Lake Michigan Campground, one of our Grace Outside Michigan Conference Camps. For the week of camp, we will be traveling from Pentwater, eventually landing in Agawa Bay in Lake Superior Provincial Park, about an hour south of Wawa where we will be exploring God's creation on foot, in van or kayak! Please hold us in prayer, at this point in time we have 9 young people registered and an additional 3 leaders! You can expect worship on July 14th to have a "camp energy," complete with some good 'ole camp songs and we will celebrate Holy Communion together. Bring an open heart, curious mind, and a willing spirit as we embark on a new chapter of ministry together! My ministry began leading Sunday School at Gordonville United Methodist Church as a Young Adult and assisting with Youth Group. I have served in different ministry roles both volunteer and paid from then until I went to seminary in 2014. My undergrad degree from Northwood University is in Banking, Finance and Management. Before going to seminary, I worked at Dow Chemical for a combined 8 years in the plant, where I was responsible for overseeing policies surrounding Document & Records Management for the businesses I supported. I began Pastoral Ministry in November of 2015, serving a small congregation on the south side of Midland while I was still in seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. My first full time appointment was at Freeland United Methodist Church where I served for five years. My most recent appointment began as a Co-operative Parish that didn't go quite as we had envisioned, but God is opening new doors for the people of Otisville and Clio. I am looking forward to our adventures together as I prayerfully prepare to serve God and the people of Grand Ledge alongside of you!

Facts about me:
I enjoy spending time in God's creation—camping, biking, walking, or hanging in my hammock in the back yard.
Not sure how to pronounce my last name? As my elementary school choir teacher said — like the wine!
What do I prefer to be called? You can call me Pastor Kayla or PK are both fine.
I am the youngest of three. I have two older brothers (Scott and Ryan) who live on the west side of the state with their spouses and children, close to my parents (Plainwell), who moved
there in February 2019 to be closer to my niece and 3 nephews (Ellie, Ben, Weston, Garrett). I enjoy spending time with them as I'm able!
Foods I don't like: bananas, raspberries, blueberries, shellfish (allergy), olives (black or green),beans.
I enjoy tea – hot or cold (but not fruity or sweet typically).
I love connecting with children and youth—they bring me great joy and keep me young!

Until we meet face to face in July—I am holding you in prayer!