REV. DR. EUGENE BLAIR, INTERIM MINISTER
Eugene Blair currently serves as an intentional interim minster. He served nine years as program staff and district superintendent in the Detroit Annual Conference. From 1994-2004, he served as the pastor of the newly formed Resurrection United Methodist Church in Chicago and the Director for Congregational Development for the Northern Illinois Conference.
His pastorates include two new church starts. He spent the year 1992-93 as a missionary teaching seminary at what is now Kenya Methodist University (Nairobi, Kenya). He was Dean of The Upper Room Chapel and the International Director of Spiritual Formation and Chrysalis (Youth Walk to Emmaus) for the General Board of Discipleship from 1987-1992. He has traveled and studied in several countries in Africa where he has also led spiritual formation events and consultations.
He studied at Bethel University and Seminary in St. Paul, MN (BS), the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (M.Div.), and the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit (D.Min.).He has been involved for a number of years with the Academy for Spiritual Formation. Before entering the ministry, he was a police officer and community organizer.
Dr. Blair has written several books over the years including Maybe God is Trying to Tell You Something-Listening for Your Call to Ministry and What Kind of Man is Joseph, and What Kind of Man Are You? (A Bible Study for Men on Matthew 1 and 2). He is a member of the Academy for Spiritual Formation Forum.
Dr. Blair lives in Ann Arbor, MI with his wife Dawn and two daughters: Nia will be a sophomore at Tennessee State University and Imani will be a freshman at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. He is a youth counselor and teacher at the Washtenaw County Juvenile Detention Center. One of Gene’s special interests is using mindfulness and spirituality with juvenile offenders and youth in drug recovery. He also runs a STEM program for elementary students, Bricks 4 Kidz.
REV. ERIN HEISLER, MINISTER OF YOUTH & CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS
A Haslett High School alum, Erin is excited to be serving in the wonderful community in which she grew up. After graduating from Central Michigan University, Erin studied at Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey where she obtained a Masters of Divinity as well as a Masters of Arts in Youth Ministry. Now in her 10th year of ordained ministry, Erin loves working with the children and the youth of Haslett Community Church.
JUDY CONNELLY, CHOIR DIRECTOR
Judy graduated from Albion College where she majored in music education. When she began teaching music for the Haslett Public Schools in 1959, she was excited to become part of the choir at HCC. In 1968 there was an opening in the leadership of the HCC choir. Judy volunteered to step in and lead the choirs for a month. That “temporary” position has extended now for over 50 years! For Judy, making music with enthusiastic adults, children and youth is a great joy. She is thankful that so many wonderful people are willing to share their time and talent as the choirs lead in worship here at HCC.
BARBARA FREEMAN, ORGANIST/PIANIST
Barbara is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio and the University of Illinois where at all times her musical interest has been music composition and theory: why and how music affects us as it does. She has taught piano and played in restaurants for many years, living around the country before "alighting" in the Haslett area in 1995 with her husband and son. Though her past musical experiences are varied, Barbara feels she has found her musical calling in music-making in churches. This is especially true at HCC where musical creativity has a chance to grow through numerous musical genres such as traditional, praise and gospel music. She joined the staff in June of 2001.
MICHELE BOOHER-PUROSKY, OFFICE MANAGER
Michele Booher-Purosky is the new HCC Office Manager, where she leads and coordinates the church events, manages appropriate documentation, and ensures that HCC activities and obligations are in good order. Michele has accomplished much in her career, but she is most known for her ability to create teams, problem solve, master technology, and come to work each day with good intentions and a smile. Michele’s main personal interest is her love for theater. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Riverwalk Theatre in Lansing, MI. She has staged-managed many award-winning productions, and is an actress and singer too! She is also a strong woman of Faith and is thrilled to be working within a Faith-based community. She is married to a wonderful man, Bob Purosky, who honors and encourages her every day. She is the proud parent of three fur babies, one of which is a beloved Greyhound dog she and Bob rescued, named Chloe. Chloe has two cat siblings. Please stop in to say hi to Michele at the HCC Office Monday-Friday between 10 am and 1pm.