Leadership Team

Dale MillerLead Pastor – Dr. Dale Miller

The Rev. Dr. Dale M. Miller became our lead pastor on July 1, 2006. Dr. Miller received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Ministry degree from United Seminary, and a Church Business Administrator Certification from Candler School of Theology.

Dale has come to Nardin Park after serving six years as the Superintendent of the Detroit East District. Previous churches served include Waterford Central, Flint Central, Gladstone Memorial, Stony Creek and Plymouth First (Associate).

Primary Responsibilities: Preaching, Worship, Evangelism, Administration, Visioning, and Coaching

He is the husband to Susan (35 years) and the father of Walker, Kate, Sarah and Sam.

You can email Dr. Miller at .

Director of Youth and Outreach – Mandy McNeil

Mandy joined our staff as the Director of Youth and Outreach in July of 2012.  She received her BA in Religion and Psychology with a Minor in Youth Ministry from Hope College in 2009 and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2012.  She is in the process of being ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church.  

Mandy spent three years on Young Life Student Staff in the Greater Holland Area.  She also worked as the Intern of Christian Education at the First United Methodist Church of Troy and as the Seminary Intern at Yardley UMC in Yardley, PA.  

Primary Responsibilities: youth ministries, missions, pastoral care, worship

You can email Mandy at  .

Rev. Karen Poole – Director of Children’s Ministries

Karen PooleThe 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 five children through a blended marriage.  They have four grandchildren.

You can email Karen at .

Rev. Dr. Wes Brun – Director of Stephen Ministry

Wes BrunThe 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.

You can email Dr. Brun at .

Director of Music – Melvin Rookus

Mel RookusMr. 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 six choirs, including an adult choir (Chancel Choir), a youth choir (New Generations), two children’s choirs (Wesley and Cherub), an adult hand bell choir, and a liturgical dance choir.

Under his direction the church now 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 5000 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 it’s 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.

You can email Mel at .

Rev. Bob Bough – Parish Visitor

Rev. Bob Bough returned to our ministry team in the fall of 2006, where he serves as our Parish Visitor. Prior to his retirement in 2004, Bob served sevBob Bougheral United Methodist churches in Michigan (Pontiac Covert, Vassar and Madison Heights) before becoming a substance abuse counselor.

He is a graduate of Michigan State University (B.S. in Police Science) and Methodist Theological School in Ohio (M. Div. and a M.A. in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling). Bob and his wife, Carolyn, have been a part of Nardin Park since 1990, when Bob first came on staff.

Primary Responsibilities: Pastoral Care Team & Visitation

You can email Bob at .