Lead Pastor – Rev. Melanie Carey
Rev. Carey started her appointment as Lead Pastor on July 1, 2016.
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Beth has had ministry experience in Christian Education, Youth Ministry and Pastoral Ministry. She has been on staff at Brighton First UMC and Hartland UMC. She graduated from Methodist Theological School in Ohio with a Master’s of Divinity in 2002. She has served as pastor at Denton Faith UMC and Ann Arbor Calvary UMC. She is also very active in mission work in Haiti.
She has been married to Dale for 26 years. They have two children, Matt and Kristin.
Primary responsibility – Youth Ministries
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Rev. George Covintree – Director of Congregational Care
Rev. Covintree started his position at Nardin Park on October 24, 2016.
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Rev. Karen Poole – Director of Children’s Ministries
The Rev. Karen Poole has served in pastoral leadership in the United Methodist Church since 1983, receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1985. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Central Michigan University with dual majors in Biology and Physical Education and certification in secondary education. She taught in Gary, Indiana and Grand Blanc, Michigan. She was the Christian Education Director at Grand Blanc UMC.
Karen was an Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s, Monroe; Brighton First, and Nardin Park. During those years she gave pastoral leadership in the areas of: Christian Education (all age levels), Youth Ministry (including A.S.P), Mission, Membership and Evangelism, and Stephen Ministry. For five years she served as the Senior Pastor at Trenton First. During a years sabbatical she became trained as an Intentional Interim, and served her last two years before retirement as an Intentional Interim at Four Towns and Waterford Trinity UMC’s in Waterford, MI.
Primary responsibilities: Children’s Ministries Director
Karen is married to Gary and they have four children through a blended marriage. They have six grandchildren.
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Rev. Dr. Wes Brun – Director of Stephen Ministry
The Rev. Dr. Wes Brun served in the parish setting for ten years in Missouri. He then specialized his ministry in the area of Pastoral Counseling and served for twelve years as Associate Director and Director of Clinical Services at the Pastoral Counseling Center of Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. In 1986, he and his family moved to Farmington Hills where he became the founding Executive Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southeastern Michigan (which has its main offices here at Nardin Park). He retired, after twenty years in that position, in 2006. He joined the staff of Nardin Park as the (volunteer) Director of Stephen Ministry in 2008.
Dr. Brun is married to Beverly and they have two children (in addition to two sons of Dr. Brun’s by a previous marriage). They have five grandchildren.
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Mr. Rookus has been Organist/Director of Music at Nardin Park since 1977. A native of Bay City, Michigan, he has both B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Michigan, studying organ with Ray Ferguson and Robert Glasgow. He oversees a music program that includes five choirs, including an adult choir (Chancel Choir), two children’s choirs (Wesley and Cherub), an adult hand bell choir, and a liturgical dance choir.
Under his direction the church has a 48 rank, 3 manual Casavant organ, a Petrof concert grand piano, and a 3,000 square foot music facility with a music library of over 5,000 titles.
Nardin Park presents a Music Series that averages 16 concerts each year by artists from throughout the United States and abroad. Over 5,000 people hear these concerts each season. Mr. Rookus received the “2008 Distinguished Service to The Arts Award” presented by the Farmington Area Arts Commission, for the Concert Series and its impact for the people of Metro Detroit area. Mel has also composed numerous anthems sung by the Nardin Park choirs and has commissioned new anthems from respected composers in the field of sacred music.
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