Explore Your Faith
To know God, love others, and serve the world.
We begin there, but the journey continues every day, in all of us. We believe that Christ calls us to action, sharing our faith, living our faith, and giving our faith space to grow and flourish.
We are a congregation of diverse people who believe that together in Christ, we can raise each other up and celebrate our faith together.
In our church, all are welcomed. All are loved.
FUMC welcomes everyone.
is to grow a community that welcomes and engagemes all persons to be Christ followers
is to transform the world by transforming lives and building up the next generation of Christ followers.
As congregants of the First United Methodist Church of Ann Arbor, we welcome and affirm all persons. We are intentional in being inclusive of all races and ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages and stages of life, abilities, and socioeconomic statuses. Our congregation is grounded in the gospel of Jesus Christ, which tears down walls and builds up community. We are progressive, relevant, and committed to seeking peace and building hope through worship, service, social justice, and education. No matter where you are on your faith journey, or how you worship, we hope you will feel welcome and included.
I grew up in a family with deep United Methodist roots, but like a lot of people, I drifted away from church as a young adult. When I felt God nudging me to come back, I spent a lot of time visiting and learning about other denominations. That is when I chose United Methodism because I love our emphasis on growing in faith and serving others. Before following my call to ordained ministry, I taught high school English, English as a Second Language in Switzerland, and Composition at a local community college. I also stayed home with my child until they started school. I first came to FUMC as the associate pastor in 2010 and was appointed lead pastor in 2018. I love this congregation and feel grateful every day to serve a church that is so vital, healthy, and joy-filled! More than anything, I believe the church should be a place of hope – hope for today and hope for the future – for all of God’s people. My passions in ministry include preaching, teaching, community-building, and social justice. I have one college-aged child, Emmett, three cats, and a dog named Turtle.
After a long career in Human Resources and Payroll, I heard God’s call to enter formal ministry in 2012. Ann Arbor is my third church and I love it. My wife Lisa and I feel right at home in this diverse community. It’s such a good fit that my three grown children have also put down roots in this area. Best of all, that means my grandson is here too.
I am a people person. I love to create relationships, and to invite people to join in the work of building God’s kin-dom. There’s a place for everyone in God’s work, and knowing that God calls us all to make the world a better place fills me with joy.
On a personal level, I enjoy listening to music and collecting vinyl albums. Which is another reason to love being in Ann Arbor. I also enjoy spending time chatting over a cup of coffee. Some of the best ideas come from simple conversations over a snack or some coffee.
I’m a native of Marion, Illinois, and graduated in 1988 from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale with a degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis. From there, I received a Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1991. I’ve been serving as the Chaplain of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Michigan for two years. I felt God’s call early on in my undergraduate studies, with a desire to serve in higher education and campus ministry. I’ve served in collegiate ministry for eighteen years, including as the Chaplain at Emory & Henry College (2002-2008) and the Director and Chaplain of the Wesley Foundation at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville (2008-2018). My many hobbies include an avid love of music, weightlifting, hiking, cooking, and travel. I’ve also been a beekeeper for twenty one years.