William Durkin

About Me: 

I'm a member of River Terrace Church in East Lansing, MI.  Moved here in 2012 to take an engineering position with a local firm.  I came to faith in my mid-20's in the Lutheran Church (I'm in my 60s) after growing up with no religious or faith experience in the Pittsburgh, PA, area.  For a number of years I considered myself an atheist, then later an agnostic, but was baptised as an infant (Catholic) and, looking back, I can see the signs of God coaxing me along toward faith. 

My wife had a Lutheran background and remained in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  I had some excellent training and experiences while part of the Lutheran church.  I believe I was called to be part of that congregation for a very long time (35 yrs) but the call changed and he called me to find a new fellowship where he would use me.  And I ended up in Webster CRC, where I believe he called me.  After a year or two I found a position in Michigan and moved there with my wife, who passed away in February, 2013.

  • I think many denominations have this problem.  Too often the roles are not based on biblical definitions but on tradition, a tradition that might have evolved only in the last generation.  And too...

  • I think Mr. Van Surksum has a valid point.  I believe that the  composers of the Belhar were trying stress that God is on the side of justice and freedom, and maybe the problem is that they use...