First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
(269) 381-6340

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Support Staff

Christine Landreville

Administrative Partner in Ministry

Christi first came to First United Methodist Church in 2003, drawn by the powerful organ and the evening worship service.  She began volunteering in the church office soon after.  A lifelong Methodist, she began serving churches as a toddler when accompanying her parents to their local church, where they were the custodians.  It was then, while hiding from the vacuum her mother pushed, Christi discovered the peace and calm of the cool sanctuary floor.  She has served churches as Pianist, Instrumentalist, Organist, Vocalist, Worship Leader, Choir Director, Youth and Adult Handbell Choir Director, Music Director, Worship Coordinator, and Music Librarian. Christi, curious about the mysteries of faith, studied Religion and Music at WMU, earning a Bachelor’s Degree.  She is married to Bill and they have four children.

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Bernie Foulk

Organist

Bernie serves as the organist for worship services on Sunday and special services. He holds degrees in trumpet performance, library science, and a Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. When he's not playing the organ, he enjoys gardening, cooking and restoring historic houses. Bernie lives in Kalamazoo with Teaberry the Magnificent Cat.

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Jennifer Stupica

Communications Coordinator

Jennifer has worked for the church in several capacities since 1997.  Her current duties as Communications Coordinator allows her to use her creativity and ever changing technology skills. Jennifer received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Davenport College.  As a native of Connecticut, she is a big fan of the UCONN women's basketball team.  She and her husband Allen love to garden, walk their dogs, and take motorcycle rides around the scenic Michigan backroads and discover small diners along the way. They have two adult daughters, Sandi and Claire. 

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Curt Flowers

Bookkeeper

Curt has worked as the Bookkeeper for our church since December 2012 after deciding he needed a part-time job to round out his retirement years. Curt and his wife Linda have lived in the Parchment area all of their married lives. Curt is retired from the City of Parchment and Linda is retired from Parchment School District. They have two daughters and six granddaughters. They are long-time members of Parchment United Methodist Church. Curt enjoys singing in the choir and playing the pipe organ. For seventeen years he was the treasurer of Parchment UMC, including a crucial time when the church recovered from a major fire.

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Brenda Tucker

Contributions Assistant

Brenda is a graduate of Parchment schools. In between raising five children, she obtained an Associate's Degree in Psychology through the University of Phoenix, and then a Bachelor’s degree in Business with a focus in Accounting. In addition to her position here at the church she is employed with Meijer in Plainwell part-time as one of their Service Coordinators/cashiers. Her hobbies are practicing her faith, reading, riding horses, gardening, and camping. She also enjoys caring for an elderly friend. Her goal is to obtain more experience relating to her accounting degree in a Christ-centered environment. She writes, "I am extremely happy to be working for the First United Methodist Church!" 
 

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Thom Victor

Office Assistant

Thom has served as an Office Assistant and Emerging Worship planner since 2016.  He attended Central Michigan University, where he was active in the Wesley Foundation, founding and directing Wesley’s contemporary praise band. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations, Thom moved to Atlanta, GA to attend seminary at Candler School of Theology (Emory University), where he most enjoyed interning as a hospital chaplain. In addition to his studies, he served as guitarist for the Cannon Chapel praise band, and sang with the Voices of Imani gospel choir. Thom joined Kalamazoo First after returning home in 2014. In his spare time, Thom enjoys being a “tech nerd,” playing guitar, restoring old photos, singing in the Chancel Choir, and hanging out with his cat Maggie. He is also a diehard Green Bay Packers Fan (Go Pack Go)!

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Robin Entenman

Office Assistant/Security/Parish Nurse

You will see Robin's smiling face in the morning as she opens the church at 7 a.m. for the day care Monday through Friday, as well as closing some evenings. Robin also is our office assistant on Fridays and the Parish Nurse on Sundays. She has been a Registered Nurse for almost 30 years, working in nursing homes, hospitals, and home care services. Her passion is working with Alzheimer and Dementia patients. She loves to bike ride, read, and do calligraphy. She has taken up Yoga recently and loves it!  As a downtown Kalamazoo resident, she attends many plays and concerts. Robin writes, "I love being a part of FUMC and serving the FUMC faith community."

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Rich Peavler

First Singers Director

 

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Marc Pendziszewski

Lead Audio-Video Technician

Marc Pendziszewski (pronounced Pen-da-chef-ski) is our new lead audio and video technician. He is a graduate of Mattawan Schools. Music and technology has been a passion of Marc’s since an early age, so he attended Visible Music College in Memphis, TN where he received his degree in Modern Music Ministry with an emphasis in guitar. After graduating from college in 2013, he moved back to Michigan and began working in ministry as a worship leader. His most recent position was at Centerpoint Church as the Sunday service producer. It was here that he gained a massive amount of knowledge of audio, live streaming, video, and flow of service. We are very excited to have him leading the way as we begin live streaming and utilizing new technologies. 
 

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Vickee Seals

Custodian/Security

Vickee joined our part-time custodial/security staff the summer of 2018. Vickee grew up in the church, living most of her life in Kalamazoo. She has been blessed with three children and six grandchildren. Vickee has been active in our music program for many years as a member of the Chancel Choir and the Handbell Ensemble. Her hobbies include music, kayaking, swimming, and reading.

 

Pamala Roman

Custodian

Pam grew up in Vicksburg, Michigan, where she enjoyed working on her uncle's farm and riding horses and dirt bikes. She has five amazing kids and five wonderful grandkids. She started working at First UMC in 2013. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially playing with her grandchildren. 

Todd Bloomfield

Custodian

  

 

Austen Rial

Building Maintenance

Austen joined the staff in August 2017. Austen is responsible for the repair and general mainenance of our facilities and equipment. He works closely with the Building & Grounds Team as they identify maintenance projects throughout the building. Austen grew up in the Gull Lake area and moved to California where he worked for a local construction company. He moved back to Michigan in 2015 and has been working to renovate numerous homes that are owned by his family. He is very excited to be a new dad!