Rachel Henry – Business Manager; Assistant to the Senior Pastor Rachel@stpaulsrochester.org
Carol Hughes – Director of Financial Services firstname.lastname@example.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
Steve Krupp – Facilities Manager Steve@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. Jon Reynolds
Jon joined the St. Paul’s staff in 2012 and completed his Masters of Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL, in May 2013. He serves as an Associate Pastor leading the Open Door Service at St. Paul’s and is staff representative to the Missions and FISH Committees. He also leads our Sound and Light Ministry.
Prior to Garrett, Jon attended Albion College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy, and a minor in Religious Studies. While in Chicago attending Garrett, Jon served as Student Pastor for Young Adults at Urban Village Church and as the visual media coordinator at the Garrett-Evangelical Seminary Chapel.
He lives in Birmingham with his wife Lindsey Hall, son Joshua Reynolds and their dog Sam.
Contact Pastor Jon Reynolds.
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.
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 Addison, her husband of over 25 years, and her children, Holley & Dalton.
Contact Shelly Cowling.
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 have lived in Rochester for 15 years and 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.
Rev. Latha Ravi
Rev. Latha Ravi came to St. Paul’s in June 2008. She has been a pastor in the Detroit Conference for 19 years.
Rev. Ravi received her Master of Divinity from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. She lives in Rochester with her 2 dogs, Sydney and Oliver. Her areas of responsibility include: Stephen Ministry, Membership and Nurture, New Member Classes, Confirmation, Health Ministry, and Adult Education. She has a passion for Bible Study and Pastoral Care.
Contact Rev. Ravi.
Rev. Dwayne Kelsey
Rev. Kelsey serves as a part-time associate in charge of Senior Care. He is the coordinator of visitation to our community living in convalescent homes and our shut-ins. He is also the staff representative to the History and Archives Committee.
Rev. Kelsey received his B.A. from Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., his M.A. from Scarritt College in Nashville, and his M.Div. from Methodist Theological School of Ohio. He has been the pastor at Howard/Thomas United Methodist Church (UMC) in Lake Orion, Lincoln Park UMC in Flint, Davison UMC, and Romeo UMC. He retired “officially” in January 2001, but in March 2009, we celebrated his 50 years in minstry.
Rev. Kelsey and his wife, Ruth, reside in Rochester Hills. His personal interests include travel, collecting antiques, photography and visiting historical homes/museums.
Contact Rev. Kelsey.
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. Ellen is the Practice Manager of Harper Woods Veterinary Hospital in Harper Woods.
Contact Dr. Randall.
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
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