Rev. Phillip Friedrick – Lead Pastor
Reverend Friedrick was previously the pastor of Sparta United Methodist Church in Sparta, Michigan where he had been since 2017. Prior to Sparta, he served the following United Methodist Churches: Highland Park (Dallas, TX) from 1984 to 1985; Galien and Olive Branch (Galien, MI) from 1986 to 1991; Birchwood (Battle Creek, MI) from 1991 to 1995; Alma (Alma, MI) 1995 to 2012; and Community (North Muskegon, MI) 2012 to 2017.
Rev. Friedrick became a probationary member in 1984 and was ordained an Elder in 1988 in the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Albion College (Albion, MI) in 1979 and his Master of Divinity degree from Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology (Dallas, TX) in 1986. He also completed his Residency in Clinical Pastoral Education from Highland Park UMC in Dallas, Texas in 1984-85.
His wife, Gail L. Friedrick, is a medical provider with Spectrum Medical Group. She has a Master of Science degree from Central Michigan University (2011) and a Master of Music degree with a major in Organ Performance from Michigan State University (1982). Married since 1979, they are the parents of Rebecca Glitman (Notre Dame Law graduate working with Trinity Health Corporation in Livonia, Michigan), Rachel Friedrick (a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, married and living with her husband Benjamin Hazen in Traverse City, Michigan), and Matthew Friedrick (a Columbia Law School graduate living and working in New York City).
Reverend Friedrick loves spending time with family, swimming, and collecting Biblical antiques.
Rev. Phil Friedrick began serving as Lead Pastor at Nardin Park Church on July 1, 2021.
You can email Rev. Friedrick at PastorPhilnpchurch@gmail.com
Rev. Monica William – Associate Pastor
Rev. Monica William is an ordained United Methodist clergywoman with 20 years of experience in leading churches to love God and love our neighbor. She has used her preaching and leadership skills to serve four churches, most recently the West Bloomfield United Methodist Church, and is currently the President of the West Bloomfield Clergy-Community Forum and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Wesley Foundation at the University of Michigan, a historic United Methodist Campus Ministry.
She believes deeply in listening carefully, learning from our disagreements, and including all voices at the table, especially in polarized and divisive times. Rev. Monica helps the organizations she serves to move forward with vision and increased capacity to fulfill their missions and is available for preaching, weddings, funerals, consultation, and coaching. She also enjoys making music, running, outdoor adventures, playing games, and watching movies with her kids. She currently lives in West Bloomfield, MI with her three children, two cats, and countless household spiders.
You can email Rev. William at PastorMonica.firstname.lastname@example.org