Doug has been the Senior Pastor at FUMC since July of 2005. He came to Ann Arbor having served as the district superintendent of the Marquette District. He is married to Karla who teaches math at Washtenaw Community College. They have two daughters.
Nancy comes to Ann Arbor First UMC from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where she recently completed her Master of Divinity degree. Her passions in ministry include welcoming and hospitality, social justice and mission, and ministries of reconciliation and healing. Nancy has lived in several other countries including the Netherlands, India, France, and Switzerland, where her daughter, Emily, was born. Emily is now 10-years-old and dreams of being a vet some day. Nancy and Emily enjoy reading, creative writing, music, the outdoors, and exploring new places -- and they also enjoy time spent with their two cats, Tracey and Taylor.
Both a member of our pastoral team at First U.M.C. and the Chaplain/Director of the Wesley Foundation (campus ministry) at the University of Michigan, Rev. Roth is an ordained Elder in the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. Previously the pastor of the Williamston U.M.C. and the Otsego U.M.C., he has also served as the College Chaplain of Albion College and as the associate pastor of the Lansing Central U.M.C. Bob has two grown sons living in Chicago: Dylan, who is into electronic music and “DJ’s”; and Philip, an artist with a great interest in film. Bob’s interests include social justice, peacemaking, jazz, Tiger baseball, interfaith dialogue, and creation spirituality. A writer for many church publications and Sojourners magazine, his most recent book is Answering God’s Call For Your Life : A Look At Christian Calls And Church Vocations (2006, U.M. General Board of Higher Education & Ministry).
Beth loves being a part of the lives of children and their families. She was a middle and high school mathematics and computer technology teacher and a softball and volleyball coach for 12 years before her daughter, Katie, was born. These days, she teaches ice skating to young kids and is very active in coaching her daughter’s ice hockey and baseball teams. Beth loves being outdoors, especially going on walks with her dog in the mornings, biking to Washtenaw Dairy for ice cream, hiking to waterfalls, kayaking, sailing, water skiing, snow skiing and watching sunsets on the beach. Beth also likes playing ice hockey and volleyball and training in Tae Kwan Do. Her husband, Todd, and daughter, Katie, do a pretty good job keeping up with her!
Chris joined the FUMC Children's Ministry team in February 2011, after many years of being actively involved with the program as a volunteer. Chris and her family moved back to Michigan, to Ann Arbor, in 2001 after six years in Boston and Washington, DC. She is married to David and has two daughters, Annie and Grace. Chris loves basketball and helps coach both of her daughter's teams. She also thoroughly enjoys reading historical fiction and doing active things in the great outdoors.
Melanie has been an active member of FUMC since 2003, soon after moving to Ann Arbor from Boston, MA with her family. She is married to Eric Johns and has three sons; Luke, Quinn, and Jazz, and a daughter, Moka. She has been a youth counselor in our program since 2008. Before moving to Michigan, Melanie was the Assistant Director of one of Massachusetts’ Regional Prevention Centers, where she trained and counseled youth, adults and community groups in substance abuse prevention. Melanie enjoys being outdoors, running, reading, baking, and traveling with her family.
Wendy has been a member of FUMC since 1993 and an employee since 2000. A lifelong Michigan resident and graduate of Michigan Technological University, she employs her skills to design and publish communications of all shapes and sizes and mediums. As the owner/graphic designer/chief cook and bottle washer for Publitech, a business she launched in 1993, she specializes in newsletter design and production. When she isn’t catering to her feline friends, Shadow and Sweet Pea, she might be found rubber stamping greeting cards, reading at the library, playing games with her niece and nephew, or off on a mission trip to Zeba, Kenya, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, or Colombia.
Debbie has been the Director of Adult Christian Education since January 2012, and is a self-confessed Disciple Bible Study junkie! She loves to search out and lead different curriculums for adult education classes that enrich each participant's faith journey. Working with adult education is a new and rewarding experience for her (she was a high school English teacher in another life). She also enjoys reading, biking, traveling with her family and quilting when she finds the time. Debbie has been married to Bill for over 25 years, has two amazing sons -- Joey and John -- and has been a member of FUMC for over 20 years.
Naki has been the organist here since 2002, right after her graduation from U of M (she always considers herself very lucky to be the organist here without spending much time to look for a job!). Naki and her husband, Oliver, have two adorable children, Sophie and Alex. She and her family feel very blessed to be a part of this wonderful church family. More information about her professional career can be found in her own website, http://nakikripfgans.com
Carole has been director of Children's Choirs since 2003. In addition to her role at FUMC, she is a graduate student at EMU in Piano Pedagogy, teaches piano, and is the accompanist for the high school choirs at Plymoth-Canton Educational Park. In July 2009 she completed Level 1 certification as a Director of Young Singers at the Choristers Guild Institute. Carole lives in Ann Arbor with her husband Peter. They have two daughters who are in college.
David serves as our Green Wood music director. He is also music director at Pineview Church in Ypsilanti and sings with the Michigan Opera Theater Chorus. David has appeared in numerous opera productions, oratorios, concerts and recitals and his repertoire spans opera, Broadway, spirituals and gospel. He is an accomplished pianist who also coaches and accompanies singers.
Juli Miettinen | First United Methodist Cooperative Nursery (FUMCN) Teacher
Juli lives in Milan on 6.5 acres of land. She and her husband, Keith, cut their own wood for heat. Juli loves to read, garden, learn anything about history, can vegetables, make jam, cook and play with preschoolers. She is the youngest of six children.
Susan is the current Young Fives teacher and a long-time FUMCN parent. In addition to teaching the Fives class, which helps kids by giving them an extra year to prepare for kindergarten, Susan is a parent of 4 children, ages 8 to 13. She also coaches a travel soccer team and can be found most evenings on a soccer field.
My name is Marty Javornisky and I was hired in February of 2011. I am originally from the Washington, DC, area and have been living in Ann Arbor since I came to the University of Michigan in 1971. I am married with two grown children one of whom lives here in town and the other lives in Riverview. I’ve worked full time in accounting for about twenty five years. My last position was as the controller for a manufacturing company near Dexter. I’ve served as the accountant for different churches on a part time basis over the last twelve years.
Adele has been with the staff since early 2002 (that big ice storm was her first weekend!). Her background is in graphic design and publishing technology. She's a transplant to the midwest from many different locations on the east coast -- she usually just says she's from I-95. Her husband, Rob, is an actor, and is a teacher and Theater Director at Pinckney High School. Adele and Rob have two children, Griffin and Lucie, and a Cairn Terrier named Mickie. The Roys sell fair trade organic coffee beans between downtown worship services to benefit local missions, and Adele can sometimes be heard reading the scripture as Lay Lector during worship services. Adele enjoys exercise, reading, cooking, painting, acting, singing, and other creative pursuits when she has free time.
Melissa Hart | Administrative Assistant to Children & Family Ministries
Tina has been working at FUMC since 2001. Pictured with her is her beautiful son, Steven. When you call the church, Tina’s voice is the one you usually hear on the telephone. Some of her duties are taking care of mailings, registrations, attendance, and maintaining the church’s database. Some days you never know what Tina will be doing. Her hobbies are playing the piano, playing the organ, and singing.
Jim has been a member of FUMC since 1976, he has worked for the church for 8 years as a Maintenance Supervisor. He is active in Volunteer In Mission projects in Costa Rica, Estonia, and Kenya. He also has been a youth counselor and has helped on mission trips with the youth. Jim's hobbies are building/remodeling and working on his classic 1966 Thunderbird, he also owns a horse with his Granddaughter, Maxine, and often accompanies her to Equestrian events. If he isn't helping or working on his hobbies he is at the church.
Henry Brown | Custodian
Henry has been a part of the custodial staff since 1993. He enjoys dancing, grilling, his shoe collection, and doing stand-up comedy. His co-workers provide him with plenty of material for his comedy act! Henry is married to Carolyn and is the proud father of five children.
Mark Brokaw | Custodian
Mark is a life time resident of Ann Arbor. He and his wife, Linda, are long time members of FUMC. They have a daughter, Helen. Mark is an avid amateur musician and participates in the music program at the church.
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