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.” 
 
 
 

Mark Loring, Director of Music Ministries
work: (734)475-8119x2016
 
I am grateful and honored to be part of the exciting ministries of Chelsea First United Methodist Church since 2016! 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!
 
I oversee and have planned the many diverse music opportunities for all ages, oversee the annual Concerts Series, and provide digital keyboard, piano, and organ accompaniment for our worship services, funerals, and weddings. Recently our youth handbell ensemble "The Accidentals" engaged in a Music and Mission trips to Boston, Buffalo, and Chicago.  Please see our Music and Arts Ministries page for more information or click HERE
 
I look forward to participating in ministry with you!
 
 
Susan Adam-Rita, Directory of Children's Ministry
work: 734-475-8119 x12
 
We welcome Susan to our staff on August 3, 2020. More info to come about her. You can email her if you wish.
 
 

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

Liza Gray, Office Manager
work: (734)475-8119 x2010
 
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. 
 
 

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.
 
 
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
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!