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 Director

Jennifer has worked for the church in several capacities since 1997.  Her current duties as Communications Director 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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Thom Victor

Office Assistant

Thom has served as an Office Assistant 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 UMC 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 daycare 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's 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 First UMC and serving the faith community."

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Amy Evans

Contributions Assistant

Amy was a civil servant for 14 years with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  She assisted nonprofits, communities, and businesses with their funding needs.  Amy earned an AA in Business Administration/Accounting from Kellogg Community College and a BA in Sociology/Social Psychology from Western Michigan University. She is married to Dan and they have three school-aged children: Nathan, Keira, and Serenity. Amy enjoys nature, reading, photography, traveling, and home decorating/organizing.

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Casey Curran

Lead Audio-Video Technician

Casey joined our staff in the summer of 2019. He has been a stand-up comedian and filmmaker based in the Kalamazoo area for the past four years. Casey wrote, directed, and produced "A Special Delivery," his first short film as a part of completing his degree in Professional Communications at Siena Heights University. He has also written several other screenplay projects, enjoys the writing process, and has hosted screenwriting workshops.  

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Kathryn Sappington

Global Mission Fellow

Kathryn has been placed at Kalamazoo First UMC for two years to work with several of the justice and outreach ministries of the church.  She grew up in Mississippi, experiencing all parts of the state as a United Methodist pastor's kid. She has been active in the Mississippi Annual Conference serving as a camp counselor at a UMC camp, an intern with a UMC home repair ministry, a page for the bishop during conference, a leader for a youth conference serving over 1500 youth, and a youth minister for the last two years of her undergrad study at Delta State University. Kathryn graduated from DSU May 2019 with a degree in Family and Consumer Sciences focusing on Child Development and Special Education. Kathryn enjoys the outdoors and hiking, art, learning new things, and spending time with people. She is looking forward to becoming part of the Kalamazoo First UMC family!

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Todd Bloomfield

Custodian

  

 

 

Austen Rial

Building Maintenance

Austen joined the staff in August 2017. Austen is responsible for the repair and general maintenance 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.

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