St. John’s United Church of Christ is the spiritual home for all who call Madeline Island home, whether year-round or for only a few days or weeks a year. Together, we enrich faith and create new opportunities to discover how the spirit is alive in all of us. We are a SMALL CHURCH THAT DOES BIG THINGS!

Welcome from Pastor Drew

I am Rev. Drew Filkins. I am honored and humbled to be your interim Pastor for this season. I have been a pastor for nearly 20 years. I went to Great Lakes Christian College in Lansing, MI, where I received my Bachelor of Religious Education in theology and ministry. After a year in ministry, I started my Master of Pastoral Arts at Huntington University in Huntington, IN. Finally, I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Ministry in Public Theology at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities. Throughout my career, I have worked with small rural churches and larger urban churches. I love to see the churches use their creative energies to engage with the world and share love and justice.

There is so much I am looking forward to during our time together. I am excited to experience island life in all its seasons and help you find your next called pastor. Just as you have gotten to know me a little bit through this brief introduction, I am looking forward to hearing your stories. Besides the work and people of St. John’s Church, I am excited to explore all that Madeline Island and the Apostle Islands have to offer.

Grace and Peace,
Pastor Drew

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