Hal Lawrence, Senior Warden

I was a practicing physician for over 40 years, first in private practice in Asheville, NC and then as staff and ultimately CEO of the national medical society for my specialty, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

I’ve had a home in Northern Michigan on Burt Lake since 1984. In January 2019 I fully retired and relocated here full time. My spouse Betsy and I were married in July 2018 in the chapel at Emmanuel. Between us we have 4 adult children with spouses and 5 school age grandchildren.

We had been attending services when we visited our home for several years. We felt immediately and warmly welcomed by all parishioners and knew this would be our spiritual home.

Raised a Methodist in Muncie IN, I attended Methodist churches until 2007 when I moved to DC and attended Western Presbyterian Church, eventually serving on the session (similar to a vestry in the Episcopal Church.) I am honored and humbled to be asked to serve on the Vestry for Emmanuel.


Jamie MacKenzie, Junior Warden

Jamie and his family moved from Saginaw to Harbor Springs in 1965.  After his mother, Barbara MacKenzie, married Mike Stroup at Emmanuel in 1973, he attended Petoskey High School.  he has attended Emmanuel as an occasional visitor ever since - and not just for weddings and funerals.  He graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in Government in 1982.

Jamie worked for fifteen years as a professional actor and singer in Boston and New York.  He performed on Broadway in My Fair Lady with Richard Chamberlain.  In 1998, he left the theater to become a communication-skills consultant, working with investment bankers, lawyers, and other professionals to improve their public speaking, interpersonal, sales, and business-writing skills.  He and a Dartmouth classmate founded their own firm, MacKenzie Brown LLC, in 2005.

Jamie became an unofficial clergy spouse in 2000 after meeting Barrie Bates.  They made it official in Toronto in 2005.  As Barrie pursued his graduate studies and worked in various parishes over the years, Jamie has seen a staggeringly wide variety of worship styles and parish personalities.  You would be amazed.  He has also volunteered in a large number of roles.  Now that Barrie and Jamie have moved full-time to Council Tree Cottage near Cross Village, they are both delighted to find such a welcoming church family at Emmanuel parish in Petoskey.  they look forward to returning to worship again in person soon.


Dottie Hawthorne, Vestry Clerk

Dottie Hawthorne has been a faithful member of Emmanuel since she & Frank moved here in retirement, in 2015. Since then, she's applied her organizational skills to leading EEC's Outreach Ministry (w. recent focus on support for essential-service providers, both  local and beyond); but she has also been active in a plethora of activities; incl. the Adult Choir, on the list as a trained Lay Reader, sometime Coffee Hour host, occasional Thurs. (community) Lunch Program cook/facilitator, Northman Den helper, and a can-do volunteer for misc. other parish events.

By way of prior service at this level, Dottie served at least one full term on the Vestry of Calvary Episcopal Church, Rochester, Minnesota, within the past decade. She recognizes the critical role played by parish members comprising the Vestry; and again feels called to serve her current faith-family in this manner.


Dianna Heinzelman

My work life has been primarily in the arts since I was a child. Professionally as a Classical Ballet Dancer, actor, singer, writer of plays, and ballets, director, designer, stage make up, a bit of film, radio, and television. I've also owned a half interest in an Indianapolis insurance agency as well as sole owner of a small cafe in Petoskey, and sole owner of a dance studio in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  I also painted houses while raising my children of 3 and 9 as I attended 6 years of university. I sold Real Estate for 5 plus years in the Sault until I formed a nonprofit board, and purchased an abandoned theatre. It was at this time that I hired several teachers while developing an Arts School. I went back to teaching dance, and theatre.  Since retiring, and moving back to Petoskey, I've been singing for Emmanuel, Choral Society, and GLCO Choir.

I first attended Emmanuel, and sang in choir in 1981. I also sang at the St. Ignace Episcopal Church as well as three Anglican Churches in Ontario. I recently returned to Petoskey and Emmanuel in October of 2018 after being away for 23 years. There's no place like home.

I am presently singing in the choir, a member of the Pastoral Care Committee, the Outreach Committee, and participate, when time allows, in the Women's book study, prayer, meditation group.

GOD often directs me through people, so when a few people asked to consider running for Vestry, I gave my usual 24 hours to think, and pray about it.  A clear Yes came out of those 24 hours.


Dennis McGeath

I was born and raised here in Petoskey.  I was baptized at Emmanuel when the church was located downtown at the corner of Mitchell and Waukazoo and then confirmed at Emmanuel in its present location.  I was an acolyte for many years until my graduation from Petoskey High School.  My parents (Carl and Fern) were very active in the church - my dad as a lay reader and vestry member and my mom as a choir member, Sunday school teacher, altar guild and other positions.  Their ashes are in the chapel columbarium.

I received a B.S. from Western Michigan University, my M.D. degree from Wayne State and then completed a pediatric residency in Grand Rapids. I have been in practice for 38 years, the last 30 years as founder and owner of Petoskey Pediatrics so I do have a professional relationship with many grandparents, parents and children of Emmanuel!!

I was married to Kathy for over 41 years.  I have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren.  When our children were younger, Kathy taught Sunday school here at Emmanuel.

I am a Rite 1 (8 o’clock) attendee and I serve as a LEM.  History and tradition are important to me and others and I look forward to working with the other vestry members and fellow parishioners as we face the challenges ahead as a parish, diocese, national church and Americans.


Sharyn Olliffe

I was born and raised in a small town in Waterford Township, MI.  My father was baptized Russian Orthodox and my mother raised in a non-denominational rural church in So.  Michigan. As a child I attended the local Presbyterian church near our home and my elementary school.

In 1974 Larry and I were married in the Episcopal Church in Waterford. He was born and raised an Episcopalian.  In 1976 we moved to Walloon Lake with our blended family of three daughters and one son.  We have been blessed with three grandchildren and two great grandchildren that bring us much joy.  We share our home with our dog Kizzie and cat Katie.

Larry and I attended Nativity in Boyne City for many years and I served on the vestry there, before transferring to Emmanuel after we built our new home on the west arm of Walloon Lake. In 2014 I took confirmation classes with Fr. Greg and was confirmed with Bishop Hoagland along with Larry who was re-affirmed in his faith. We have been attending Emmanuel since 2010. 

I helped form and now am co-chair of the Pastoral Care Ministry, a Lay Eucharist Minister, on the Rector Search Committee, have been through training for the Altar Guild, and have received training from Fr. Alan to enable me to take communion to those who are unable to attend mass.   The turning point in my life was when post-surgery, I spent 3 months in hospital. God was with me throughout and that was a life changing time for me.

I feel drawn to serve God, serve on the vestry, help welcome our new rector, and do all I can to make Emmanuel a very special place to worship. I love and am proud of my Emmanuel family and the warmth they bring to each other and the work they do in our community and beyond. 


Mary Street

Hi!  I am Mary Street.  I was born and raised in Muskegon, MI.  While in high school I met my future husband - Gary.  We have been married 58 years - a very long time!  We have two daughters who married great guys and gave us four awesome grandchildren.

I attended Central Michigan University where I received an MA in history.  My teaching career lasted over 25 years primarily in Midland at the hight school.  While living "downstate", we were members of St. John's Episcopal Church where we helped in some small capacities with the nursery and every member canvass.

We built a small cottage on Burt Lake in 1976.  We would occasionally attend church (lake activities often interfered) at Emmanuel.  That changed when we rebuilt and established deeper roots in the community.  Emmanuel became our church family!  In fact, our younger daughter was married here in 1997.

In 2001 we sold our Midland home and became permanent Up North residents.  I substituted teaching for volunteer activities.  Until circumstances of the past year I have helped with Manna, hospice, Great Lakes Center for the Arts, Top of Michigan Trail Council and church.  I have served twice on the vestry at Emmanuel and was part of the search committee that called Greg Brown.  More recently I have co-chaired the Garden Committee which should again be able to operate this year.

I strongly believe in Emmanuel - as a church home and as a place of peace for all.  I am willing to serve in any capacity that I can.


Vern E. Sutton, II  ["Sandy"]

I was born and raised in Rochester, Michigan. I attended Albion College and Oakland University graduating with a degree in Business Management. Joanne and I were married in 1968. After graduation, I started a 22-year career in telecommunications with Michigan Bell Telephone and AT&T. In 1989 I left the corporate world to fulfill a lifelong dream of owning and operating my own company. With my wife and business partner Joanne at my side, we set out to build what became Coldwell Banker Northern Lakes, a 5-office real estate company in Northern Michigan. We both retired from real estate after 30-year careers in 2019.

I was baptized, confirmed, and married in the Episcopal Church. Raised as an Episcopalian, I have been an acolyte, a lay reader, and a LEM. I have served on Vestries, holding the positions of Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Clerk. I have served as Chairman of a Mission and Outreach Committee and as Chair or Member of several Search Committees.

Joanne and I immediately found Emmanuel to be a warm and loving Parish family. We felt welcome from the moment we walked through the doors. For us it is a perfect fit.

It is an honor to be a candidate for the Vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church. I have always felt a strong call to serve God. I am truly looking forward to this opportunity to continue serving God and serving the Parish Family of Emmanuel as a Vestry member.


Bruce Turner

I grew up in Escanaba. After graduating from WMU with a degree in education I returned home.  Nancy and I were married in 1979 and shortly thereafter I was transferred to Petoskey.  We started attending EEC in the spring of 1980.  I(we) have been active in many aspects of parish life – many years in the choir, vestry, grounds, alter guild(Nancy), search just to name a few.  I fully retired in June 2019 and Nancy in 2018.  We like to travel and go camping. We have one daughter, Becca who is married and lives in Petoskey with her husband Trevor.  I look forward to being on this vestry as we begin a new chapter with our new rector.


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  8:30 AM Sunday
10:00 AM Sunday
11:00 AM Thursday



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