This site is a brief introduction to some of the ministries that I am involved in. In some cases, there will be links to other specialty websites that give far more information.
My personal goal is to enjoy God and share that joy with others. My ministry, in its different forms, is to be a helpful catalyst to Christians and churches. As the director of I-Training, I travel around the world training pastors and church leaders. But I also serve the church through preaching, teaching, consulting and writing.
If I can serve you or your ministry, please let me know.
You’re going to love The Potluck People!
Every church has some quirky people. But at Meanwhile Baptist Church, there is an overabundance of offbeat personalities — and their antics, both funny and frustrating, are a challenge for their young, new pastor, Mike Lewis, and his fun-loving wife, Sandy.
You will meet “Counselor” Carol, a woman who keeps herself busy providing unwanted therapy to her fellow church members. And then there is Whit Carson, a mystery teen who shows up out of nowhere and proceeds to prank everyone with his mind-games. Old Margaret McElroy runs the kitchen and supervises some of the best Potluck Dinners in the Midwest. But she also uses seventy-two years of crusty gumption and a megaphone voice to handle anyone that gets out of line. The “Perfect Gift” drama production is coming and Harold T. Broadmoor, a self-professed marketing genius, has a secret, unorthodox publicity campaign to insure that everyone in West Michigan hears about it. These characters (and yes, they are characters!) are the kind of people you just want to hug… or sometimes kick. Take your choice.
Take a relaxing break and laugh your way through escapades of the Potluck People. In this dish you will find a variety of ingredients, such as the comic outlook of Garrison Kiellor’s Lake Wobegon, the biting humor of Phillip Gulley’s Harmony series and some of the warmth of Jan Karon’s Mitford books. Try a helping of “The Potluck People.” And when “Back for Seconds” comes out, you will definitely want to make your way back to the table.
“The Potluck People” is an unforgettable comedy peppered with moments of love, tenderness, and lives being changed. It’s a feel-good ramp you’ll be glad you read.
What are reviewers and readers saying?
“Oh my goodness! I just finished reading THE POTLUCK PEOPLE and it was WONDERFUL!”
“…so funny and creative, I think you will really like this story. Especially if you’ve read any of the Jan Karon books.”
“Laughed out loud several times.”
“…pretty awesome! Finished the book…still LOL!”
“I started reading it last night, had to explain why I was laughing!”
“Loving the stories…”
“I read The Potluck People again. Just finished it two days ago. It cracks me up. When is the sequel? We need to know how things are going to go with Whit and all the rest of the ‘quirky’ church people.”
“If you’ve spent at least 30 seconds in a Baptist Church in the past four decades, you’ll love Ron Sheveland’s book. I’m reading it right now…it has a very casual and fun-loving tone.”
“I flew to Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago and read Ron’s book on the way. He did a great job! It was apparent that the author had a great deal of affection for his characters in spite of their quirks. The heart of a pastor shone through.”
“Just finished the book yesterday…love it!!!! Pretty sure we need a sequel.
“Loving reading potluck people.”
“I have truly enjoyed reading “The Potluck People”. Last week, we lost electricity, internet, and phone service for 4 days . . . I was able to read the book on my Kindle.”
“I enjoyed it / cringed / wondered how people stay in professional ministry….”
“Got the book and read it in one night. Really enjoyed it!”
“Truly enjoyed it – and several other women from church bought it and thought it was great. We did recognize a handful of those people in our church too.”