Stories from Ward


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Stories from Ward

Ward Church is made up of thousands of people from different backgrounds with different interests. Yet each one of us finds hope, purpose and the opportunity for relationship with God made stronger by our connection to this place. Everyone who calls Ward ‘home’ has a unique story. By sharing our stories with each other, we get to see the power of God at work in our community. And we are reminded of the true purpose of the Church: to help us know Jesus and make Him known.

These videos stories show how God is moving in the lives of friends and neighbors at Ward Church.

Serving Together

A father and son serve God together and grow closer together.


A Recipe for Caring

When one little girl has a big heart and an idea, the impact can be felt by others in a tangible way.

Carol Rommelare

Maybe you’re familiar with the verse from the Bible that says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But does anyone really take that seriously? And what might happen if they actually did? A few years ago, Carol Rommelare felt hopeless as she mourned the loss of her only child. Her world was a never ending cycle of pain. She withdrew and became isolated. Then, she heard a knock at the front door and somehow things began to change.

Find Your Passion

The men and women of the Military Care Group have found their passion. They’ve gathered around each other for support, encouragement, and service to those who serve our country. They meet regularly to pray and work on projects. They encourage others to do the same. What’s your passion?

Potter’s Wheel

Helping others make the most of their unique abilities. Potter’s Wheel is Ward’s group for developmentally delayed adults. God uses the young, God uses the old, God uses the exceptional. To not utilize all of these groups is to cheat God, because each one of these groups has something special and unique to bring.

John & Patricia Calhoun

Sharing the hope of Christ in everyday conversations. When you approach someone with the love of Christ, they will open up. It’s as simple as extending a hello to someone, and asking them if there is anything you can pray for them about. John and Patricia show us that it’s out of that that you can get into a meaningful dialogue with a total stranger. You never know the lives you might touch.

Alyssa VanDoornik

Alyssa VanDoornik may be young, but she understands what serving is all about. She uses her passion for horses and her love for God to help those with disabilities. Sometimes it’s not always the easiest thing to do. There is a cost to being sent, but it is worth it to show God’s love to others.

Gina Peyton – City Mission

You don’t have to travel around the world to serve a child in need. Thousands of kids are desperate for support, encouragement and resources right here in Detroit. Last year, Gina began serving as a tutor and mentor to girls in the Brightmoor community through City Mission. It isn’t always easy, but the sacrifice is worth it. Giving even a few hours per week can make a huge impact.

David & Lisa Mulligan

David and Lisa had the best of intentions, but found themselves in debt, searching for a way out. Through prayer, and completely surrendering their debt to the Lord, the Mulligans found a way out.

Carl Demek – The Bologna Brigade

Every month, Carl joins a group of friends from Ward Church to prepare meals for a mission in Detroit’s New Center area. Known as ‘The Bologna Brigade,’ this gang of sandwich makers have served humbly and faithfully for many years. Their acts of kindness aren’t random but intentional – meant to show the world that God is near and He cares.

Kathleen and Tom Frey

The Frey family came back to its roots at Ward after the loss of a family member. They were surprised to discover that the church home they’d been looking for was right here all along. And Kathleen was even more surprised to find a new level of fulfillment in her worklife when she joined Ward’s staff to manage information technology.

Bill and Suzanne Johnson

After successful careers, the Johnsons are retired but show no signs of slowing down. These days, they travel several weeks out of the year as ambassadors to Ward’s missionaries serving around the world.