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 five children through a blended marriage. They have six grandchildren.
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Kyle Webber – Director of Music Ministries
Kyle Webber began serving as Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Nardin Park United Methodist Church on August 1, 2017. He leads a comprehensive music ministry consisting of ensembles from children through adult in addition to managing a substantial music and arts series. Prior to coming to Nardin Park, Kyle served as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, FL and for nine years as Music Director and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Chelsea, Michigan. In Chelsea, he built a music ministry consisting of five handbell choirs, vocal choir, kids choir, praise band, instrumental ensemble, and a concert series. Also in Chelsea, Kyle initiated and organized an annual concert tour for the advanced youth handbell choir, The Accidentals. This ensemble traveled to Florida, Toronto (Canada), and Charleston, South Carolina. Kyle has been involved in handbells for over 15 years and is currently a member of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble, a community ensemble based in the Detroit, MI area. Kyle has served on the Area 5 Handbell Musicians of America board as treasurer/registrar, has been a clinician at Area 5 workshops, was instrumental in developing the Area 5 Associate Conductor program and transitioned the area to online registration. Kyle co-founded the Eaton Rapids Handbell Festival (Michigan) with Brenda Austin in 2011, where he also serves as a conductor/clinician. Kyle currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Handbell Musicians of America. In addition to the Handbell Musicians of America, Kyle is a member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and the American Guild of Organists. Kyle is married to his wife Jocelyn and has three young children (Macaela, Aubrey and Paxton).
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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.
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