Bryan Berghoef, pastor and congressional candidate, invites community members to a Virtual Rural Town Hall on Wednesday, May 27 at 7pm. Berghoef is running for Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District which includes Newaygo and surrounding counties. The town hall can be joined via the internet or by phone. See the information below on how to access.
“Like most community members that I hear from, I am disturbed by the disruption and turmoil spreading across our nation. But I see this as an opportunity to take a turn toward compassion, decency, and strengthening our democracy together.”
The Rural Virtual Town Hall will give community members a chance to meet, hear and ask questions of Bryan Berghoef at this time of limited in-person gatherings.
“I want to hear from the citizens of Newaygo and the other surrounding rural counties, and help address the concerns and issues that you have. From the challenges of farming and food distribution, to the lack of job opportunities, to limited internet capabilities, to accessing affordable health care and prescription drugs, I want to know what you need from your representative to help create a better life for you and your family.”
Bryan was born in Grand Rapids, raised in Coopersville and Sparta, and spent summers at camp in Stony Lake. Currently the pastor at Holland United Church of Christ, Bryan graduated from the University of Michigan and completed his Master of Divinity degree at Calvin Theological Seminary. He has pastored churches in Traverse City and Washington DC. Pastor Berghoef is raising four children with his wife Christy in Holland, Michigan.
Bryan is also a pub theologian and author of the book, Pub Theology: Beer, Conversation, and God. Bryan has been facilitating weekly pub conversations for the past ten years. “Sitting at the same table, listening to people across the political spectrum, allows us to discover the common humanity in each other, and—despite some real differences—discover our shared values.” You can learn more about his background and policies at https://www.bryanberghoef.com/.
“I’m running for Congress because I continually witness how many people's voices are not heard and their needs not addressed. The dignity of a person should not be determined by the amount of money in their wallet. Big money influencing our politics is one of the greatest corruptors of democracy, influencing nearly every issue and contributing to our growing wealth inequality. I am not taking Corporate PAC money so I will not be bound to corporate interests once elected.”
Berghoef states that among his priorities as a Congressional Representative are to fix broken systems that can provide economic opportunities for all, restore democracy through working across the political aisle, and addressing security issues of violence, environment, and immigration governance.
To meet Bryan Berghoef and ask him questions, come to his Virtual Rural Town Hall on Wednesday, May 27 at 7pm. To join by phone dial 1-312-626-6799, and enter the PIN 81204777467# when asked. To join by internet, go to this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81204777467
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