STAFF


Joy Barrett, Senior Pastor
work: (734)475-8119 x2018
 
It is a great privilege to be part of the people and mission of Chelsea First United Methodist Church! I was appointed as pastor in July 2004. I received my undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and my seminary degree from Boston University School of Theology. I have been serving as a pastor since 1983, in rural, suburban, and city settings. My husband Rob and I were married in 1984; we delight in gardening, bicycling, cooking, time with family and friends, reading, long walks and play time with our English Shepherd dog. My life and ministry have been shaped by the word of God through the prophet Micah, “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God" (Micah 6:8). 
 
 

Rodney Gasaway, Deacon, Director of Adult Ministries
work: 734-475-8119 x2017
 
I joined Chelsea's staff in January 2019 as the Director of Adult Ministries, and has served as the Minister of Adult Education, Programs and Outreach at Livonia Newburg United Methodist since 2014. I also serve as Chairperson for the Division on Christian Unity and Interreligious relationships for the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. I was the former Director of Community and Economic Development for Joy-Southfield Community Development Corporation in Detroit for ten years.
 
I am an Eagle Scout, Navy veteran of Operation Desert Storm, and have multiple certificates in public leadership and economic development. I am a graduate of University of Phoenix, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing. Additionally, I have a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministries from Ecumenical Theological Seminary, and a Deacon Studies certificate from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. I am a published author; WHY GIVE? faith – tradition – obligation – compassion. My favorite part of worship is leading others in prayer.  “I really enjoy engaging the community in ways that highlights Jesus love, and include all who wish to know him.” 
 
 
 

Susan Adam-Rita, Directory of Children's Ministry
work: 734-475-8119 x12
 
It is my great honor to be part of the staff at Chelsea First United Methodist Church. I joined Chelsea’s staff in August 2020 to serve as the Director of Children’s Ministry.

I have an undergraduate and professional degree in Psychology from Brazil, a Master's in Counseling, and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the USA. I have worked in the field of Counseling/Psychology for the past years. I live with my husband and triplet boys in Chelsea since 2014.

My life is constantly being transformed by seeing the world through a child's eyes. I have learned that you don't have to bring God to children. Children already experience God. All children need is an environment that nurtures their spirituality. It's my intention to make CFUMC a place where children can hear, wonder, play. It is my great honor to be a part of the staff at Chelsea First.
 
 

Jeanne Franks, Director of Youth Ministries
work: (734)475-8119 x2020
 
 
 

Liza Gray, Office Manager
work: (734)475-8119 x2010
 
I have been on staff at Chelsea First for over 15 years. I enjoy the challenges and experiences of my job and feel very blessed to be a welcoming presence in the office.  I have 3 grown children that I am extremely proud of and have 2 grandchildren. I love the outdoors, spending time on our boat, riding with my fiancé on our motorcycle, and spending time with family and friends.
 
 

Bill Ruddock, Finance Manager
work: (734)475-8119 x15
 
I am pleased to be a part of the mission of Chelsea First United Methodist Church. My wife and I moved to Chelsea a little more than two years ago and we have grown to know and love this church. I have been involved in church leadership, mostly in the Presbyterian Church, since I was a teenager. I grew up in a small community similar to Chelsea in upstate New York but, I have lived my adult life in Michigan. My wife and I each have 2 adult children. I love to read, to sing, and to find ways to work towards a more just world. I look forward to serving this church to the best of my abilities.
 
 
 

Jody Croskey, Facilities Manager
work: (734)475-8119 x2011
 
I am so excited to be part of the staff at Chelsea First United Methodist Church as the facility manager. I have over twenty years of cleaning experience.
 
I met my husband,Robert, in 1984 and we married in 1993. We have two adult children, Kaila and Bret. I also have two cats, Cleveland and Pearl.
 
In my spare time, I love taking short trips, watching the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings, and being around family and friends.
 
 
Jon Van Hoek, Office Assistant
work: (734)475-8119 x2019
 
I am excited to join the fantastic staff at CFUMC as an Office Assistant.  My wife Liz and I live in Chelsea with our three children, Catie, Ben and Henry.  We feel blessed to be a part of this community and this congregation.
 
In my spare time I run the Monitor Base Ball Club of Chelsea, an amateur, community-based team that plays our nation’s pastime by the rules of 1860.  Huzzah!