Tom was born in Lansing, Michigan and raised most of his life in Battle Creek. His home church was Convis Union United Methodist Church in Battle Creek. He has been a United Methodist all of his life. One of his favorite aspects of ministry is experiencing the effects of doing the little things for people. “It’s the small tasks and ways of treating people that can do more for a person or family than we ever truly know.” Tom enjoys working in the yard and following sports, snowmobiling, golfing and archaeology. Tom’s favorite hymn is “They’ll Know We are Christians by our Love.” He feels the song is the epitome of how we are identified as Christians. Pastor Tom assumed the pastoral leadership of our congregation on Sunday, July 1, 2007.
Judy retired on May 5, 2014 after being a foundation of our staff for over 25 years years. Her expertise in setting the atmopshere for our worship services with her beautiful altarscapes will be missed. She remains an experienced and certified lay speaker . Her efforts in enhancing our worship experience were always noticed and appreciated.
Diane began her duties at the end of October, 2007. She assumes the duty of taking care of the day-to-day functions of our church office. She keeps our membership and mailing lists current; types and prepares our weekly bulletins and monthly Newsletters (running a minimum of 10,000 sides of copy monthly); handles official correspondence for the pastor; types and distributes a myriad of minutes for various groups and committees; answers the phone and fields "a ton of questions." In addition, she keeps supplies on hand for the offices, prepares special mailings and receives people who come to the church. Diane is employed by the church for 30 hours weekly.
Debbie is our Director of Youth Ministries. Debbie brings
previous youth ministry experience and new enthusiasm to our youth
Dee is our church staff custodian. A team of workers from NOC (a center for handicapped adults) assists in the detailed cleanup of our facility. Angie Farmer is the job coach for this crew. The NOC crew is responsible for the everyday cleanliness of the building interior and general pickup outside. Volunteers still help with certain maintenance and repair projects around the building.
The choir operates on a nine month schedule annually. The director has responsibility for helping to select music for the Chancel Choir; leading the weekly practices and directing the choir on Sunday mornings and at special worship times during the year.
The Bell Choir practices each week and plays on a four to six week schedule. Tonja helps to select music for the Bell Choir, leads the weekly practices and directs the choir on Sunday mornings and at special worship services.
Our First Sunday Nursery Care Giver is Diana
Suzanne accompanies the Chancel Choir. She practices and is at weekly rehearsals and on Sundays to play. She helps in selecting the music for the Chancel Choir.
Virginia has retired as of May 4, 2014. We extend a heart felt thank you to Virginia as she “graduates” into full time retirement, no longer playing organ or piano for our worship services. She has provided more than twenty four years of music for our church family. We will greatly miss her ministry, service and friendship. Virginia now moves out of our community to be closer to her family. May God richly bless you, Virginia, as you embark on a new phase of your life’s journey! Suzanne, Ruth and Kathy will fill in for her scheduled Sundays.
Ruth joined us in October 2011 upon the retirement of Ann Hunt and will play on a rotating basis with Suzanne. They practice, select and provide service music and accompaniment for the congregational singing.
Karen is Church Treasurer. Karen is excited about serving the church in this capacity.