Readers to Leaders

At the 2022 Michigan Annual Conference, members voted overwhelmingly to support the “Readers to Leaders” campaign, which challenges every United Methodist congregation in Michigan to raise at least $600 to support and encourage children’s education locally and around the world.


The Readers to Leaders campaign will benefit the Liberia Scholarship Program as well as the Michigan Conference Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools. The Liberia Scholarship Program, an initiative of Liberia Ministry Partners, is a celebratory covenant between Liberia and Michigan Conferences of the UMC. Three hundred dollars will cover the school fees for one student at a United Methodist school in Liberia. The goal of the Readers to Leaders campaign is to raise funds for 100 students for eight years of schooling.

The CDF Freedom Schools program currently operates two sites here in Michigan: Second Grace-St. Timothy UMC in Detroit, and Flint: Bethel-Calvary UMCs. The CDF Freedom Schools Program is a six-week summer literacy and cultural enrichment program designed to serve children and youth in grades K-12 in community where quality academic enrichment programming is limited, too expensive, or nonexistent. The money raised will help increase the Michigan Conference’s capacity to continue supporting and expanding the number of children and youth served through new sites.

Your gifts to benefit the Readers to Leaders campaign will make a lasting impact on the lives of students in near and far. Thank you for your partnership in ministry as we support the needs of God’s children in our own community, our state, and around the world.

Click HERE to learn more.

Mindi Logan, Wanda Barclay, Co-Chairs
Barb Clark, Kathleen Deforest, Wayne Koebel, Judy Kuhlman, Dick Lukey, Sally Mcwhirter, Kellie Meyer,
Leanne Nitz, Nancy Poelker, Barb Pries, Melissa Rescoe, Kathy Sankey, Myra Thompson,
Lona Vogie, Paul Westmaas, Rachel Wade, Robin Weingart, Elise Low Edwardson