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). 

Rodney Gasaway, Deacon, Director of Adult Ministries
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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.”

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 - Nolan 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!

Michelle King, Director of Children and Family Ministries
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I am very excited to be part of the staff of Chelsea FUMC! I have a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!), and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. I am a candidate for ordained ministry as a Deacon in the UMC, and I'm honored to be in ministry with the people of CFUMC.
As Director of Children and Family Ministries I nurture the spiritual growth of children and help them develop their relationship with God. I believe that in the midst of the pressure to succeed and excel in school, sports and/or arts that our culture places on children it is important to teach them that God loves them no matter what. Church is a place where they can come and be themselves, without the pressure to be "the best" at something. In this position I also support parents in their efforts to raise a family centered on the love of Christ. 
I have a cat named Scout, and I enjoy knitting, reading, and baking. 


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 have 2 grandkids that has been an amazing experience. 

Kristy Fetyko, Finance Manager
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I am excited to be part of the staff at Chelsea First United Methodist Church as Financial Manager.  I bring over 25 years of accounting experience to the position.  Before becoming the Financial Manager, I served the church as an Office Assistant for 2 years.
I have been a member of CFUMC since 1999 and married my husband, Steve, here in 2001.  We have 2 children, Katie & Jacob, as well as a puppy named Tink.  I am currently a member and on the leadership team of Material Girls and serve on the Nominations Committee and assist with New Member Orientation.  In my spare time, I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, crafting and spending time with my family.

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 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.
Nolan Peterson, Director Children's Music
I am so blessed to be a part of the amazing CFUMC staff as the Children's Music Director. When I was growing up in this church, I was actively involved in the Children's program, handbells, and the youth program. Now, I am currently a student at Eastern Michigan University studying Elementary Education. I enjoy seeing my friends and family, playing with my dog, and listening to music. I truly have a passion for working with children and the youth and I believe that anyone can do music. If you have any questions about the Children's music program please do not be afraid to ask. I am looking forward to working with the children, youth and the congregation. 
Jon Van Hoek, Office Assistant
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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!