2010-07-08 / Religion & Family

Rosco Methodists have new pastor

The Rev. Eric Kieb The Rev. Eric Kieb The Rev. Eric Kieb preached his first sermon as pastor of Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of the North, Roscommon, Sunday.

Kieb comes to Roscommon from Negaunee, where he was pastor of Mitchell United Methodist Church for seven years. He previously was an associate pastor at First United Methodist Church, Owosso, for two years.

He earned his master of divinity degree at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY. He received a bachelor of science degree at Eastern Michigan University, where he majored in communication and minored in journalism.

Kieb said he plans to spend his first six months to a year at Good Shepherd “learning, listening and loving” the people to get acquainted with the congregation. He said the training he has received over the last two years from the Detroit United Methodist Church Conference’s New Church Start Academy will help him in leading the relatively young Good Shepherd church.

The pastor and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Brennan, 8, and Calvin, 6, and are expecting the arrival of a daughter this month.

At Good Shepherd, Kieb succeeds the Rev. Brad Lewis, who retired to his hometown of Monroe. Lewis was pastor at Roscommon for 12 years, after leading a church in Blissfield and being a student pastor in Romulus. He formerly was a nuclear quality specialist at a DTE nuclear power plant in Monroe.

At Roscommon, Lewis was on the Roscommon County Habitat for Humanity Board and worked with the “40 Assets” program for building healthy youths. He chaired the county’s emergency food and shelter board and was a member of the coordinating council of care providers. He was active in the Jesus and Me Clubs at Roscommon High and Middle Schools. Highlights of his time here, he said, included construction of a new sanctuary in 2006, expansion of the church’s child development center and two mission trips to Liberia.

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