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ABC-MI Staff & Contract Consultants

ABC-MI Region Office
4578 South Hagadorn Road 
East Lansing, MI 48823
Phone: 517-332-3594  
Phone: 800.632.2953 
Fax:     517.332.3186

Contact Us


Rev. Dr. Michael A. Williams, Executive Minister

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Jane Gunneman, Office Administrator

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Debbie Hart, Missions Assistant & Receptionist

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Diane Rhodes, Administrative Assistant to the Executive Minister 

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Rev. Dr. Joe Mortensen, E-Link Editor

Dr. Mortensen has served as E-Link Editor for more than fourteen years.  He produces a bi-weekly electronic newsletter distributed to ABC-MI constituents.  He has been instrumental in the maturing of this electronic communication as new technologies emerge.  In addition to this contract consulting for the ABC-MI, he has served as adjunct professor at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit teaching Baptist History and Polity.  He has also engaged in individualized independent study programs in Baptist History and Polity.

Rev. Dr. Dave Nichols, Consultant for Communication & Discipleship

Dr. Dave Nichols resources congregations in the development of Discipleship Ministries.  His book, Learning to Love Your Neighbor: Finding Your Place in God“s Plan to Fix a Broken World, can be ordered through the ABC-MI office for use by small groups or Sunday School classes.  Dr. Nichols is pastor emeritus of Genesis the Church in Royal Oak.

Rev. Ed Owens, Consultant for Transitioning Ministries

Rev. Owens is serving as one of our Consultants for Transitioning Ministries.  In this role, he (1) works with church leadership to help determine what is needed during the transitional period to ensure the congregation is at the healthiest place to welcome their next pastoral leader; (2) works with pastoral search committees to organize their work and provide profiles for their consideration; and (3) assists in securing transitional pastors for congregations with whom he is consulting.

Mrs. Lynne Punnett, Consultant for Region Mission Teams

Mrs. Punnett began serving as our coordinator of Region Mission Teams in April of 2013.  She has organized multiple Haiti Construction Teams since 2011, with the most recent in 2015.  She is available to individuals and congregations interested in participating in our region`s Haiti Mission effort.  Mrs. Punnett is a member of First Baptist Church of Ypsilanti.

Rev. Dr. Kevin Turman, Consultant for Leadership

Dr. Kevin Turman serves as our MLG Peer Leader coordinator.  In this role he: (1) provides continuing education opportunities for our MLG Peer Leaders; (2) resources MLG Peer Leaders as needed; (3) works with the Leadership Ministry Team to enhance and strengthen the MLG program.  Dr. Turman is the senior minister of the historic Second Baptist Church of Detroit.


Rev. Bill Walker, Consultant for Urban Ministries

Rev. Bill Walker serves as a Good Will Ambassador on behalf of the Region.  In this role, he visits a couple of congregations per month on behalf of Dr. Williams (our Region Executive Minster) and the ABC-MI Region family.  These visits affirm the local pastor and congregation's ministry and are a reminder of our work together in missions.