First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo

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

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Rev. Julie KlineRev. Julie Kline

Lead Pastor

Julie first started her time with us as an Associate Pastor. On July 1, 2020 she became our Lead Pastor. She has come full circle with her return to First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo, as she grew up in this church, graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School, and received her bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University in psychology and her Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. She later went on to obtain her full ordination in the United Church of Christ. Julie is passionate about her ministry here at FUMC and believes that we can each be a part of a creative ministry that calls us to engage in an ongoing relationship with our Creator and become the hands and feet of Christ. Julie and her husband Drew have two sons, Jonah and Lukas.

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Rev. Matt WeilerRev. Matt Weiler

Pastor of Community Formation

Matt joined our pastoral staff in July 2020 after serving Kalamazoo's Eastside Sunnyside UMC for 11 years. He and his wife Cara have three young children who attend Northglade Elementry and Hillside Middle School. Matt and Cara are both 2007 graduates of Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary. Cara is an ordained deacon and a licensed social worker. In May 2020 Matt completed his Doctor of Ministry at Garrett Evangelical with a dissertation titled "Baptismal Covenant and Antiracist Identify. His passions in ministry are developing deep relationships, organizing the church for justice, teaching, and witnessing the transformative power of the gospel, particularly within the lives of young people. In his free time, Matt loves reading, gardening, hiking with his labs, kayaking, fishing, and a family backpacking trip. 

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Rev. Keith TremanRev. Keith Treman

Pastor of Congregation Care

Keith joyfully returned the summer of 2016 to our clergy staff after 17 1/2 years. He is a graduate of Garrett Evangelical Seminary. Keith has served churches in Illinois and Ohio 1983-1985 and in the West Michigan Conference at Whitehall/Claybanks United Methodist Churches 1985-1990, First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo as Pastor of Membership and Evangelism 1990-1998, Sturgis United Methodist Church as Senior Pastor 1998-2008, Portland United Methodist Church 2008-2015 and took retired status after 32 years. Keith's wife Colleen is an ordained deacon and had served here as Director of Children's Ministry from 1990-1998. Keith and Colleen enjoy traveling with emphasis to Israel. They have two adult sons, Nathan and Kevin. Keith's personal mission is based on Matthew 22:37-40. 

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Jacqueline StilgerJacqueline Stilger

Minister of Music

A native of Southern Indiana, Jacqueline has been involved in church music since high school. She was active as a cantor and organist at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in her hometown of Lanesville. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance from the University of Louisville, where she studied with Melvin Dickenson, and a Master of Music degree in Organ and Church Music from Indiana University, studying with Dr. Marilyn Keiser. She has served congregations in Kentucky, Indiana, New York and Michigan. She has been the Minister of Music at First United Methodist Church since the summer of 2009. Jacqueline resides in Kalamazoo with her three children, Carsten, Drew, and Avery.

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Ruth LamachiaRuth LaMachia

Church Business Administrator

Ruth LaMachia came to Kalamazoo First in September 2012 from Perrow Church in Cross Lanes, West Virginia where she also served as their Church Business Administrator. Before that, she spent 25 years as an administrator and manager in the insurance industry in Connecticut and West Virginia. She is originally from the Chicago area and her father, a former minister, is from Port Huron so she spent much time growing up visiting family in Michigan. Ruth lives in Kalamazoo with her husband Bill and their three dogs. She has two adult children, Elizabeth and Justin.

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Julia LibrizziJulia Librizzi

Director of Children & Families Ministries

Julia started her position as Director of Children and Families Ministries in August 2019. She has lived in West Michigan her whole life and grew up on fellowship and potlucks as a United Methodist pastor's kid. Her family has been attending this church since her and her husband Jim moved to Kalamazoo in 2014 with her two young children, Carolyn and Penelope. Julia has been called to work with children and has been involved in many roles of leadership including being a mentor in after-school programs, nanny, preschool aide, Girl Scout leader, LEGO Robotics Coach, Godly Play leader, Vacation Bible School leader, and an assistant for emotionally impaired learners at Kalamazoo Public Schools. She is filled with joy to experience and share God's love with all children and families at First UMC of Kalamazoo.

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