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Wayne McKenney


Wayne McKenney

June 2024

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and my family to you. We have been here at New Hope since July 2022.

I grew up on a small farm in the Petoskey area and was a member of the Epsilon United Methodist Church. I earned my bachelor's degree from CMU and worked as an automation technician for seven years before entering full time ministry. Sally and I were married in 1993 and began pursuing full time ministry.

I was appointed to the Chase-Barton and Grant Center UMCs in July of 1995. While serving this charge, I attended Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary where I received my Master of Divinity Degree. I have also served the Webberville UMC, Boyne City and Boyne Falls UMCs and Life Spring, Lawton St. Paul's and Lawrence UMC's.

Sally received her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Grand Valley University and her master’s in special education from Spring Arbor University. She currently works as an elementary special education teacher at Evart Public Schools.

Sally and I are parents of two adult children. Our daughter, Michelle, is a stay-at-home mom and a former elementary teacher and her husband, Adam Keenan, is a software engineer. Last September, they welcomed their daughter, Saoirse (Sir-sha), to the world. Our son John teaches science at Lakewood Middle School and his wife, Elizabeth, recently completed her master's degree in writing. She is currently substitute teaching in the Grand Rapids area, and together, they share their home with an adorable dog named Chai.

Sally and I love being in ministry here at Mecosta New Hope Global Methodist Church. We are excited to see what God has planned as we move forward in reaching people for Christ.

Blessings to you all,

Pastor Wayne & Sally McKenney