Joy Barrett, Senior Pastor
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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). 

Tom Macaulay, Assistant Pastor
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After retiring from the active ministry in June of 2010, I was delighted to come and join the staff of Chelsea First as Assistant Pastor in August of that year.  Here my primary responsibilities include pastoral care, including leading the Congregational Care team and  leading in worship and preaching. I am also active in the community as I attend the Ministerial Association meetings, serving on the Foundation Board of the United Methodist Retirement  Communities, and serve as a member of the Board of Faith in Action.
I have been married since May, 1977 to Mary, who teaches at Marian High School in Bloomfield Hills. Our daughter, Jane, is a Nurse Practitioner at U of M and is married to Chris, a civil engineer. They live in Saline.  My hobbies include riding a bike for recreation, reading, watching movies and enjoying time with family and friends at our place near Traverse City.
My passions in ministry include bringing the Gospel to bear in the lives of people, especially in the midst of times and change. Change can bring times of delight and rebirth…or they can bring  times of pain and loss. The faith we share here at Chelsea First helps undergird our lives with critical underpinnings and can give us the needed courage and wisdom to make changes in the midst of the upheaval that life often brings to our lives. A second foundational aspect to my ministry is bringing the faith to bear on the critical issues of our day and helping bring the faith perspective to bear on the issues we face as people of faith in the Chelsea area…Michigan…the United States…the world…and beyond.

Mark Loring, Director of Music Ministries
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I am grateful and honored to be part of the exciting ministries of CFUMC! Being a pastor’s kid (PK) I have been involved in music ministries my entire life (my father is a retired United Church of Christ pastor). I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance at the University of New Hampshire and my Masters in Church Music from Northwestern University. I have served churches both large and small in New Hampshire, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan.
My philosophy of worship is grounded in music as an instrument to support the scripture and themes each Sunday.  Music should be a way to inspire others to carry out the gospel! A true music ministry is one that includes people of all age and abilities. So I greatly encourage you to become involved! Don’t worry, there is no “audition” necessary - April and I will find a place for you!
My hobbies include fly fishing (please let me know your favorite fishing “hot spots”), online chess, and reading. I am married to Pastor Mary Loring, currently an endorsed chaplain and provisional elder in the United Methodist Church, and we have two children, Eric and Sarah. We also have a dog (Jazzy) and cat (Sebastian).
I look forward to participating in ministry with you!

April Murphy, Associate Director of Music Ministries
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April Murphy, is the Associate Director of Music Ministries at the Chelsea United Methodist Church, in Chelsea Michigan. Here she directs three handbell ensembles (two youth and one adult), and supports a comprehensive music ministry. She graduated from Oakland University in 2012, earning her Masters in Music with a focus on world music and student composing. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Eastern Michigan University (2005). Previously, April taught elementary music in the public schools for seven years. April is a 2000 alumni of Chelsea High School (Go Bulldogs!) and is happy to raising her to young children back in her hometown. In her spare time she can be found with her kids, enjoying their various activities and sports. April is also the current Educational Chair on the Handbell Musicians of America Area 5 board.

Courtney Aldrich, Director of Children and Parent Ministries
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I am excited to have joined the staff of Chelsea First United Methodist Church as the director of Children and Parent Ministries in July of 2014. It was a long and winding path to get here, beginning with an engineering degree from U of M and working at Ford Motor Company, to getting a secondary teaching certificate in math and science, to teaching adult education and GED completion, to becoming the director of the Chelsea Children’s Cooperative Preschool for ten years and finally landing here!  

I am passionate about children and parents, and nothing energizes me more than working directly with children and parents to educate, inspire and learn together. I am married to my husband Dan and we have three children, Kennedy, Keaton and Reed.  We live on a “hobby farm”, and love to volunteer and keep busy in the community.  In my spare time I enjoy running obsessively and reading a good book.

Jeanne Franks, Director of Youth and Missions
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As Missions coordinator, I have the privilege of extending the invitation to relationship. It happens when you work alongside members of this church to welcome those in your community to a free breakfast the second Saturday of each month. It happens when you distribute paper products to those who most need it, when you paint alongside a resident at Jackson Interfaith Shelter, or when you serve a meal at Cass Community Social Services. It happens when you buy school supplies for students in your own community and it happens when you provide training for traditional birth attendants thousands of miles across the ocean.

The people of Chelsea First United Methodist Church support those in need locally, regionally, and internationally in a variety of ways. Mission initiatives supported locally include Faith in Action, the Community Breakfast, and distribution of Household paper products. Regional missions include Alpha House in Ann Arbor, Jackson Interfaith Shelter, Cass Community Social Services in Detroit, Justice For Our Neighbors in southeast Michigan, and the Methodist Children’s Home Society in Redford. International initiatives offer the opportunity to support those in Haiti: Good Shepherd Orphanage, Honduras: House of Hope, Ethiopia: Lola Children’s Home, and Liberia: John Dean Town Initiative (Malaria prevention, safe drinking water, reduction of infant and maternal mortality for 18-20 villages).

And yet, ultimately it’s not about the food, the paper products, the paint, or the school supplies. We come alongside to listen, to laugh, and sometimes cry together. We extend compassion, mercy, and justice in the hope that the division between ‘us’ and ‘them’ obscures to the point where one day it exists no more. The invitation to love is yours.

I am humbled to be one of the many ordinary people in this place who chooses to live differently because of the love of Christ.

Liza Gray, Office Manager
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I started as a part-time secretary in May 2005 and worked part-time for 5 years. In March of 2011, I was promoted to a full time Office Manager in the church. I enjoy my job and feel very blessed to be able to reach out to people when needed. I have been a member of the church since 2000 and am very involved in many different areas of the church.  I have 3 kids that I have absolutely enjoyed raising and spending as much time with them as possible. I now have my first grandchild that has been an amazing experience. 

Bill Kelley, Finance Manager
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I joined the staff of First Unied Methodist Church in July, 2012.  I am a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  I have over 30 years of accounting experience at various levels.

I have been married to Jennifer for 29 years and have two adult children, Ryan, the oldest, lives in Milwaukee, and Christine lives in the Ann Arbor area.

On Saturday afternoons in the fall, I will be either at Michigan Stadium or watching the Wolverines on television.

Jody Croskey, Facilities Manager
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I am so excited to be part of the staff at Chelsea First United Methodist Church as the building custodian. 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.