Rev. RJ and Ruth Lautner Fund for Bay Shore Camp


In 1944 Rev. R. J. Lautner and his wife Ruth were sent by the Evangelical United Brethren Denomination to the church on West Michigan Avenue in Saginaw, Michigan.  There they served for many years until he “retired.”  These were years of joy and heartache, of building and of a fire that destroyed part of the building.  It was there that Rev. Lautner baptized, confirmed, married, counseled, and buried so many of his flock.  It was here that Ruth entertained guests of all stations and raised money for missions.  Here they enjoyed many wonderful days of ministry and fellowship.  One of the camps this congregation came to love was Bay Shore Camp in Sebewaing, Michigan. Rev. Lautner was still in Saginaw when the EUB Church joined with the Methodist Church and his church was renamed the West Michigan Ave. United Methodist Church.  After his “retirement” he returned to the Traverse City, Michigan area where he had grown up.  It was there that he was called to serve two smaller U. M. churches in the area, Grawn and Lake Ann, and it was there that he lost his dear Ruth.

In all this, they were truly the instruments of God.  They continually lived out their faith in word and deed.  Today men and women around the globe can testify that their lives were changed because of the life of R.J. and Ruth Lautner.



The purpose to this fund is to support one of the great loves of the Lautners:  Christian Camps.  This endowment will insure that a needy camper will be able to attend Bay Shore Camp or for the upkeep and expansion of the grounds.  This endowment will be a living testament to the Christian witness and legacy of these wonderful people.


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