June is Pride Month! 
Portage Chapel Hill Church will celebrate with our LGBTQIA+ siblings all month long

Help represent Portage Chapel Hill at Kalamazoo Pride 2022

June 3-4 at the Arcadia Creek Festival Place in downtown Kalamazoo

Portage Chapel Hill Church will be represented alongside Sunnyside United Methodist Church, Kalamazoo 1st United Methodist Church, and the Wesley Foundation of WMU, demonstrating the commitment of these United Methodist congregations to be allies of the LGBTQ community. Folks are invited to sign up for either a 2-hour shift at the table, or to be on the set-up or clean-up team on Saturday, June 4. 



   Join the team from Chapel Hill at Habitat for

   Humanity's Rainbow Build for Pride

   Saturday, June 25

    Pastor Barry and Pastor Jess will be leading the team from Portage Chapel Hill for       this one-day event with Habitat for Humanity. 



Pride Sunday at Portage Chapel Hill is June 26

Chapel Hill will welcome guest preacher Rabbi Simone Schicker to give the message on Pride Sunday. 

Since 2018 Rabbi Simone Schicker has served as Temple B’nai Israel’s full-time spiritual leader. She is proud to have been brought up in an interfaith household in Houston, Texas. Rabbi Schicker earned her BA in History with honors at Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) in Birmingham, AL. In May she returned to BSC to deliver the Baccalaureate address, the first non-Christian to do so in the College's history. 

Rabbi Schicker began her studies at the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) in 2013, first in Jerusalem and then in Cincinnati, Ohio. While at HUC-JIR she was instrumental in starting the conversation on campus about Gender Dynamics, and was the student leader of the Gender Task Force through which she helped coordinate multiple campus-wide learning opportunities on the topics of microaggressions and gender. 

Since arriving in Kalamazoo, Rabbi Schicker has been active in Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy & Action in the Community (ISAAC), being awarded Clergy of the Year in 2021, as well as Faith Alliance: a project of OutFront Kalamazoo which she is proud to co-chair. She has both taught and been a guest speaker for various groups and classes at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and public schools as well as at various churches.

Rabbi Schicker earned her Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 2017 and was ordained a rabbi in 2018.

Portage Chapel Hill's Partners in Ministry:


OutFront Kalamazoo

Since 1987, OutFront Kalamazoo has worked to advance social justice, build coalitions, change hearts and open minds so that all people in southwest Michigan can live authentically and free from discrimination - regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.


Host Homes: A Program for Homeless Youth

Host Homes is designed to address the housing needs of LGBTQ+ youth (ages 13-24) experiencing homelessness. OutFront, in partnership with CARES, provides case management care and helps connect youth with caring adults who are willing to provide safe housing and support.

For more information, contact Cristina at or at (304) 972-2774.

Reconciling Ministries Network

Reconciling Ministries Network equips and mobilizes United Methodists of all sexual orientations and gender identities to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves.

Portage Chapel Hill Church has been a member of the Reconciling Ministries Network since 2001.