Bi-Vocational Ministry: Balancing Dual Roles

As the field of pastoral ministry continues to change, current and future leaders need to be equipped for balancing multiple roles.

Join us for a free evening conference on March 25, 2019, at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. Entitled "Bi-Vocational Ministry: Balancing Dual Roles," the conference will examine the unique attributes of bi-vocational ministry. Advance registration is required.


Conference Panelists

We will dialogue with a panel of leaders from a variety of contexts and churches representing the many facets of bi-vocational ministry. Speakers include Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Khary Bridgewater, Rev. Angel M. Ortiz, Chris DeBlaay and Julián Guzmán.

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier

Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Conde-Frazier is ordained with the American Baptist Churches. She pastored in NYC and New London for 17 years. She is a practical theologian with a Ph.D. from Boston College and an M.Div. from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary now Palmer Seminary. She has created theological education programs for bi-vocational Latino/a pastors and continues to mentor pastors even as she works with the Association for Hispanic Theological Education.

Khary Bridgewater

Khary Bridgewater is a senior program officer at RDV Corporation. He lives in Grand Rapids and is ordained with the Christian Reformed Church.

Rev. Angel M. Ortiz

Rev. Angel M. Ortiz is a resident of West Michigan since 1990. He is married to his wife, Carmen, and has two children and four grandchildren. In 1992, he was ordained by The Council of "Pentecostal Church of God International Mission." He has served as a pastor for the council since 1996. During his first 12 years, he was a bi-vocational minister. He served for 11 years as the president for the Grand Rapids Pastors Association. During that time, he was able to help many pastors as they were developing into their own ministry. He also supervises eight churches for the council, located in Shelby, Grand Rapids, Holland, Fennville, Bangor, Lawrence and Kalamazoo.

Chris DeBlaay

Chris DeBlaay is a lifelong resident of West Michigan, beginning in a home surrounded by forest and a river. It was a great place for him and his three brothers to grow up. For the last 13 years, he's fallen in love with Grand Rapids. He moved to GR to plant a church, The Branch—a church he hoped would reclaim a sense of parish, and would offer a different way to plant within his denomination. He's been bi-vocational all of those 13 years, as has the staff at The Branch. This journey has been shared by his wife of 19 years and their four kids ages 15, 13, 11 and nine.

Julián Guzmán

Julián Guzmán is a graduate of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is currently the pastor of Iglesia Vida Plena. He works as a mentor for students enrolled in the Urban Cohort program at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is also working on his Doctorate of Ministry at Western Theological Seminary.

Conference Registration

The event is free and will start in Grand Rapids Theological Seminary's Pirsig/DeBruyn Chapel at 5:30 p.m. Registration is required.

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