Calvary’s New Pastor

Pastor Mary Loring

On Sunday July 9th Calvary is pleased to welcome our new pastor Mary Loring. Pastor Mary is  Calvary’s Senior Pastor while serving half time as Jackson First United Methodist Church’s Associate Pastor. The following is a biography that Pastor Mary has provided:

As a pastor’s kid, I think my most formative relationships in life and in faith were with my parents. Dad and I would argue over Sunday dinner on the points of his sermon, while Mom and I would discuss the latest religious book she was reading or how to better care for someone in the congregation. I do not recall a time when God and the church were not present in my life.

I first felt called, many years ago, to a vocation as a music educator. Though I did teach for a brief time, I always felt drawn to the church. The church has been the place where all major life events have occurred. From being baptized and confirmed, to meeting my husband to be when he came and took my position at a church in Indiana while I attempted to return to music education, to our marriage, the baptism of our children, and the day I heard the further call to ordained ministry, my life has been in God and in the Church.

After marrying, my husband and I moved to Grand Rapids and I became the associate of music and the arts with my husband as the director of music and the arts at First United Methodist Church in Grand Rapids with Laurie and Gary Haller as co-pastors. Over the 13 years at FUMC, I grew in my faith and service to God and eventually heard the further call to ordained ministry. After hearing the call late in 2001 and having it confirmed by clergy and lay alike, I eventually made my way to seminary in 2007 taking the long route to completion as I still had young children at home.

Along with seminary, I also became a local pastor and was appointed and served Twin Lake UMC, Twin Lake, MI (2010-2013) part-time while attending seminary in Delaware, OH. In July of 2013, I began a part-time appointment at Clark Retirement Community as the Associate Chaplain and continued to attend seminary. By October 2013, while still commuting to seminary, a restructuring occurred at Clark and I was promoted to Pastoral Care Coordinator, still a part-time appointment, with two chaplains under my supervision. I completed my Masters of Divinity degree and graduated in 2014 while also beginning a full-time appointment at Clark. I was commissioned as a provisional elder at the 2015 Annual Conference and will be ordained at the 2018 Annual Conference. I will continue at Clark Retirement Community until my reappointed at Jackson Calvary and First United Methodist.

My husband, Mark Loring, is currently the full-time director of music and the arts at Chelsea First United Methodist Church. Mark and I are both called to our vocations and because of his call to music ministry, I remain tethered to him so that he too can be in ministry. Mark also loves fly fishing, reading, bike riding, and walking.

Mark and I have two beautiful, intelligent, musical, spiritual and funny children. Eric is 18 and graduated from high school last May. He is currently a student at Washtenaw Community College. He is an incredibly talented electric guitar player and is currently playing in a band with friends from his Ellis Parking valet job. He is still contemplating his major as he has interest in automotive engineering, engineering in general or media and film. Sarah is 15 and a freshman at Chelsea High School. Sarah too is musical playing cello in the concert orchestra. She also has an exceptional GPA, is a ferocious reader, is a social justice warrior, and is a most loving friend. Sarah is very active at Chelsea FUMC playing in youth bells, babysitting on Wednesday evenings, helping out with the elementary-age children on overnights and special occasions, singing monthly in the Renew Band, and attending worship each week.

Pastor Mary looks forward to building relationships with each one of you and walking alongside the faith communities in Jackson, MI.