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Father John Klein

Father John Klein ministered in Flint for 18 years, from 1980 to 1998, and loved working at St. Michael Parish and St. Agnes Parish. It was a difficult time in the city’s history, a far cry from the city’s golden years.

“A lot of people were left with no jobs and insufficient education to find employment that paid as well as the factory jobs,” Father John says. “It was just a sad situation for a lot of good people. The presence of the Church at those times was even more important.”

Pastor Edwards

Ira Edwards’ life took many turns on his way to becoming a Reverend and founding member of Flint Area Congregations Together (FACT). Coming of age in Flint in the 1950s and 60s, Ira has seen many changes in his hometown, but his passion for serving others has never waivered.

Mary Henderson

I definitely have faith in Flint. First of all, I have faith in God and I know through him everything is possible. We may have stumbled here in Flint a little bit, but we’re finding our ground. There are businesses popping up all over the place, there are people who believe in Flint. That’s why I opened Jazzercise right here in Flint. There’s a need, there are people who enjoy getting out and doing things, and I want to be a part of the growth in Flint.

Father Fred Taggart

I don’t think Flint will ever go back to what it was, however, that does not mean it can’t be a healthy, prosperous community. The University of Michigan having a campus here, Kettering University, a fine engineering school is here in Flint…and it has potential. But, we need other things for this place to prosper. You’ve got the universities, then the kids graduate where are they going to go? There’s no jobs here. They need a place to apply their learning.

Dan Spaniola

I feel strong that they’re trying their hardest to try and get it back here. We’ve seen improvements; we’ve seen more stuff coming down town. I don’t think it will ever get back to what it used to be, but better than it was a few years ago. Actually more and more people and different people every month or so. They’re trying to make a college town out of it, which is good because we need people here.


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