Staff

Office Staff

Rachel Henry –  Business Manager; Assistant to the Senior Pastor    Rachel@stpaulsrochester.org

Janis Kummerl –  Financial Administrator    Janis@stpaulsrochester.org

Debbie Kelly –  Communications Administrator/Webmaster   Debbie@stpaulsrochester.org

Karen Rider –  Receptionist; Membership Secretary  Karen@stpaulsrochester.org

Kamie Harrison –  Music Administrative Assistant   Kamie@stpaulsrochester.org

Leesa Medaugh –   Facilities Manager  Leesa@stpaulsrochester.org

 

Clergy and Program Staff

Rev. David Eardley

Rev. Eardley joined the staff on July 1, 2013. He grew up in Detroit, where he was an active member of Mt. Hope United Methodist Church. He graduated from the University of Michigan in with a degree in mathematics and  was on a path to become an actuary, but God had other plans. In 1993, he completed his Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill.

His previous appointments range from small, rural to large, urban congregations, and he has experience with both traditional and contemporary worship. He comes to us from Frankenmuth United Methodist Church, where he served as pastor for 7 years.

Contact Rev. Eardley.

Rev. Erin Fitzgerald

Rev. Fitzgerald is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church. A graduate of Albion College, she taught kindergarten for one year before enrolling in seminary at Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, TN. She comes to us from St. Paul’s UMC in Grand Rapids, MI.

Erin finds her greatest joy in the areas of children and family ministries, missions and outreach, and worship leadership. She is an ebullient and energetic leader, with a heart and compassion for all people. God has given her a innovative spirit and a zeal for sharing love with new people in new places, and is now calling her to new church start ministries. Erin also has a passion for social justice, particularly around issues surrounding maternal-infant health. She is a certified postpartum doula and teaches prenatal yoga classes.

Erin is married to Rev. Joel Fitzgerald, who will serve at Sterling Heights UMC. They have one son, Michael (age 2), and a dog, Lucky.

Contact Rev. Erin Fitzgerald.

Rev. Carter M. Grimmett

Rev. Carter M. Grimmett came to St. Paul’s in July 2017. Rev. Grimmett holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Tuskegee (Institute) University, a Master of Social Work from Wayne State University and a Master of Divinity degree from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

Prior to becoming a pastor, Rev. Grimmett has twenty seven years of combined service as a professional firefighter in Detroit and Ann Arbor. He was a substitute teacher for Detroit Public Schools, social worker and motivational speaker. He has a passion for young people, a love of track and field and coached track and field at Detroit Renaissance High School. Rev. Grimmett and his wife, Toni, have 7 children, 30 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Rev. Grimmett enjoys collecting pins, sports cards, sports memorabilia, and African American art.

Contact Rev. Grimmett.

Rev. Judy May

We welcome Rev. Judy May to our church staff as Associate Pastor beginning January 1, 2018. Judy has a degree in Humanities, Social Science and Education from Purdue University, a degree in Christian Education from Scarritt College in Nashville, and a Master of Divinity from United Theological Seminary. She was pastor at Waterford Four Towns UMC, Walled Lake UMC, Warren First UMC and Grosse Pointe UMC. She also has served as associate pastor at Dearborn First UMC, Program Director at Baldwin Avenue UMC and Community Center and Director of Christian Education at Dearborn First and Nardin Park. Judy has a daughter who lives in Rochester with her husband and three children and a son who lives in Massachusetts with his wife and daughter.

Contact Rev. May.

Rev. Rick Kress

Rev. Rick Kress joined our church staff January 1, 2017, as Associate Pastor. In this volunteer role, Rev. Kress will help guide and resource our Adult Faith Formation ministries, assist in Sunday morning worship services, and serve as part of our Pastoral Care team.

Rev. Kress, his wife, Marilyn, and daughter, Andrea, reside in Shelby Township. Marilyn currently serves in the Praise Team and leads the middle school Sing Out! Choir. Both have been actively supporting the launch of the new Open Door service, which occurs at 11 a.m. in Hickey Hall.

Rev. Kress was ordained in the Church of God (Anderson, Indiana), and we are excited that he will be living out his ordination among us at St. Paul’s.

Contact Rev. Rick Kress.

Dr. Wm. Jean Randall  Director of Music

Dr. Randall began his career as a church musician at the age of 14, playing the organ as a substitute at various churches on the east side of Detroit. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Education and Organ Performance at Wayne State University, he began a 14-year ministry at First United Methodist Church in St. Clair Shores. In 1995, he entered the graduate program in Sacred Music at the University of Michigan and, at the same time, became the Associate Minister of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Royal Oak.

In 1997, he moved to Utica United Methodist Church as Director of Music and Worship Arts. He earned his Doctorate in Sacred Music in the spring of 2000.

He and his wife, Ellen, live in Chesterfield Township and they enjoy boating, traveling, and gardening.

Contact Dr. Randall.

Shelly Cowling
Associate Director of Music

Shelly joined the St. Paul’s staff in 2012. Her passion for helping to connect people with God’s grace through worship and music has been expressed in a variety of ways, but she loves supporting the pastors and congregation through leading worship.

Growing up in a musical family, she was exposed to and sang wide variety of musical styles for as long as she can remember. Shelly attended Indiana University, where she was a member of the Singing Hoosiers and studied music before earning a degree in education. Touring Europe at 14-years-old as a vocalist with Jazz Abroad, performing in a dance band and at Carnegie Hall under John Rutter’s direction have all given Shelly opportunities to sing in fantastic venues.

Shelly enjoys lake living with her husband, Addison.  They have two grown children, Holley & Dalton.

Contact Shelly Cowling.

Sam Wright
Associate Director of Music

Sam Wright serves as an Associate Director of Music at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. Sam has been involved in worship since middle school. He has toured and produced music with many church bands including Woodside Worship and Oak Pointe Youth Worship. Sam also studies Theatre with a minor in Biblical Studies at Rochester College and has performed in numerous plays with the Rochester College Theatre Department. Sam leads worship at the 11 a.m. Open Door Service on Sundays.

Contact Sam Wright.

Jodi Stuermer
Director of Youth Ministry

Jodi, her husband Walter, and her family have been attending St. Paul’s since 2011. Both of her children, Sydney and Drew, have been confirmed at St. Paul’s.

Jodi has always had a passion for working with youth.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Dayton and her Master’s in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago.  She has held positions as a Victim Advocate, Family and Child Therapist, and School Social Worker.  She also co-wrote a literacy based mentoring program for teens and developed and facilitated many empowering groups for children and youth dealing with various life issues.

Jodi enjoys watching her son’s baseball games and her daughter’s dance performances, reading, spending time with family and friends, and finding an occasional treasure at vintage stores and garage sales.

Contact Jodi Stuermer.

Amy Heitman
Director of Children’s Ministry

Amy and her husband Jamie joined St. Paul’s in May of 2000 when their first daughter, Lilly, was baptized. Amy joined the staff in 2011.

They were drawn to the church even before they started their family because of the wonderful children’s programs that were offered.

Amy grew up in the First Presbyterian Church in Fenton, Mich., living in Fenton until she left for her undergraduate work at Albion College. She is a certified elementary school teacher and spent seven years teaching in Holly while earning her M.A.T.  from Oakland University. Amy and Jamie are the proud parents of two daughters, Lilly and Annie.

Contact Amy Heitman.

 

Pastor Emeritus Dr. Timothy and Betty Lou Hickey

Dr. Timothy Hickey served St. Paul’s Rochester for 27 years. He arrived here as senior minister in June 1973 and retired from here in October 2000.

Known throughout the United Methodist Church Detroit Conference as a dynamic preacher, Tim has always had an intense focus on liturgy, evangelism and church growth. During his tenure at St. Paul’s, the church grew both physically and numerically.

Upon his retirement in 2000, his love for St. Paul’s was reciprocated when he was elected pastor emeritus and St. Paul’s Friendship Hall was renamed Hickey Hall.

In retirement in Palm Coast, Florida, Tim and Betty Lou enjoy reading, traveling and antiquing. Tim has returned to preach several times, including in September 2008 in celebration of St. Paul’s 150th anniversary and Homecoming Weekend.