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2015 Learning Fair
“Church After Hours”

Ore Dock Brewing Company


September 26, 2015

1 p.m. EST

Registration begins at noon

$5 per person


Snail mail registration Form

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Safe Sanctuaries


Keynote Speaker

Rev. Gary Herships





Rev. Jerry Herships
Jerry’s story is a familiar one. Former bartender/stand-up comic and mall Santa hear God’s call to leave the bright lights of show biz and dedicate his life to doing the Lord’s work. You’ve heard it a million times...

Jerry was born in Detroit, and lived in both L.A. and Orlando working in Radio, T.V., film. During Jerry’s stand-up career he worked with Dick Clark, Jay Leno and Olympia Dukakis, and was a contract writer for Jay Leno.  Jerry got his Masters of Divinity from Iliff School of Theology and was ordained in the United Methodist


Church in 2009. Jerry was appointed to plant a new church, AfterHours Denver, in the downtown metro area focusing on the poor and spiritually independent.  He is Chief Love Monger and Lead Spiritual Entrepreneur of that faith & action community.

AfterHours Denver currently hands out food, water and communion to 700+ people a week in Civic Center Park.  In recent years AfterHours has been written about in the Denver Post, Denver’s 5280 Magazine and has been profiled on a number of the local network affiliates. 

Jerry speaks all over the country on a variety of topics including; new models of church, entrepreneur leadership, innovation in ministry and working with the poor outside the walls of the church. A partial list of Jerry’s recent speaking engagements include the New Church Leadership Institute, The National Church Developer Conference, The School for Congregational Development,  Theological Leaders in Conversation Conference at Iliff School of Theology and most recently the All Things New Conference at Duke Divinity School. 
Jerry was recently honored to receive Iliff School of Theology’s first ever Innovation in Ministry award. Jerry’s first book LAST CALL, will be published in the fall of 2015 with Westminster John Knox. 

Jerry has been married to his wife Laura for more than 20 years and their son Hudson is a senior in high school. Their dog Rocky is slow-witted but enthusiastic.

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  Laurie delaGarza will teach a “Safe Sanctuaries for Children and Vulnerable Adults” workshop 9 a.m.-12 p.m. At First Marquette UMC the day of the Learning Fair. Please contact Laurie directly for more information or to register, 906-4284623, (There is no fee for this class)

Safe Sanctuaries Training

The Learning Fair is an annual Marquette District event that offers opportunities for continuing education and training, leadership development, personal growth, and spiritual enhancement for everyone.