Pastor

From the very beginning of the New Testament, it has been clearly understood that the Church of Jesus Christ is PEOPLE! People of faith, love, commitment and involvement. For over 75 years, the people of Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church have been active in western Wayne County – preaching, teaching, celebrating, caring, worshiping, and being involved in all the communities that surround us. We are a varied congregation numbering about 700, a gathering of people from a wide latitude of backgrounds and locations. Yet we are welded together by the presence of God into a Family of Faith. This Family continues to grow and change, as all families do. Still, as we grow, Rosedale Gardens Church consistently seeks the will of God in its work and in its worship. We welcome you to our fellowship and to our life together in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ!

 

Rev. Kellie Whitlock : Pastor

Rev. Kellie Whitlock

Pastor

Rev. Kellie Ann Whitlock was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but grew up on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. She completed her undergraduate work in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois to receive her Masters in Divinity. Upon ordination in 1992, Kellie was called to the Allen Park Presbyterian Church, in Allen Park, Michigan, where she served for nine years as Associate Minister. Kellie joined the staff at Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church (RGPC) in 2001 where she served in the position of Associate Pastor for 15 years until November 1, 2016 when she became the Pastor, Head of Staff.  Kellie also graduated from Madonna University in 2004, earning a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, LLP.

Kellie has a passion and energy for the ministry that comes from a deep sense of call. “I have the blessing of spending my life loving and serving Jesus Christ, and loving and serving his people here at RGPC.”  She looks forward to the next season in her ministry at RGPC, as together they continue to honor their 88-year history and move into the future with excitement as a missional congregation with a new vision of being a “mission station” in the neighborhood and community, exploring the many possibilities for mission and outreach.

Kellie has also served the Presbytery of Detroit by sitting on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry six years and is now in her fifth year on The Pastoral Response Team. Kellie joined Livonia Cares in 2015 and is a board member. In recent years, Kellie has discovered the humble privilege of serving those who serve in the military, first responders and their families. In October of 2016 Kellie became a peer editor for Homiletics, a preaching, liturgy and biblical commentary journal.

Kellie lives in Livonia with her husband Marc Whitlock. She has three children, Rachel, Matt and Macaylah.

kwhitlock@rosedalegardens.org