HISTORY OF MICHIGAN PRESBYTERIAN PILGRIMAGE
Pilgrimage was introduced to Michigan by George and Gayle Davidson in 2004. They invited a small group of friends to accompany them as guests for a North Carolina Presbyterian Pilgrimage (NCPP) weekend.. The Michigan guests of NCPP #56 returned with a great desire to join George and Gayle in establishing Michigan Presbyterian Pilgrimage (MPP). They were joined by a number of people in the Grand Rapids area from other communities including DeColores, Virginia Presbyterian Pilgrimage and Walk to Emmaus to from a core team and organized the first weekend held in the spring of 2005 at Camp Henry in Newaygo. A mission that was facilitated through the generous gifts of time, experience and money from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Texas Presbyterian Pilgrimage friends with close to 40 people traveling to Michigan to serve on the first weekend.
After eight weekends at Camp Henry, the MPP Leadership Council determined it was time to provide the experience at a site closer to guests from the eastern side of the state. Howell Nature and Conference Center has been the site of two weekends each year since 2010. The Amigo Centre, Sturgis and Lincoln Lake Bible Camp, Greenville currently host the weekends for the western side of the state.
More than 30 weekends have been provided by Michigan Presbyterian Pilgrimage with more than 440+ guests in attendance – God certainly had a plan for Pilgrimage in Michigan. His plan was for this ministry to be ecumenical as the 440+ guests representing 16 denominations and 145 churches!
Just as the North Carolina Pilgrimage community came to Michigan to serve in establishing MPP, several from the Michigan community traveled to Omaha, NE to establish Great Plains Pilgrimage. Michigan Presbyterian Pilgrimage is a member of the National Council of Presbyterian Fourth Day Movements.