Rev. Melanie Carey – Lead Pastor
Melanie attended Union Theological Seminary in New York City, earning a Masters in Divinity in 1991 and was ordained an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 1993.
Rev. Carey is the co-author of Pentecost Journey, a training manual for non-Latino local churches who wish to reach out in ministry to the Latino Communities around them. Fluent in Spanish, she also served, since 1994, as a facilitator and consultant for the National Plan for Hispanic Latino Ministries of the United Methodist Church.
Melanie has served as a pastor at Hudson First, Livonia Newberg and Ypsilanti First. She has also served as The District Superintendent of The Detroit Renaissance District and most recently as the Clergy Assistant to the Bishop for The Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church. Rev. Carey is passionate about helping local churches to develop and implement a strategic vision for ministry. She cares deeply about increasing local church vitality and relevance to today’s changing demographics through cultivating effective leaders for ministries and helping churches reach out to their surrounding community in service.
Rev. Carey is married to Jon Carey, an attorney, and together they are the parents of Nick and Grace. In her spare time, Rev. Carey enjoys reading, scrap booking and spending time with friends and family.
Rev. Melanie Carey began serving as Lead Pastor at Nardin Park Church on July 3, 2016.
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Susanna Klimek– Director of Children’s Ministries & Assistant Director of Worship
Susanna is part of the 4th generation of her family to call Nardin Park their church home, following her great-grandfather’s role as lead pastor. She knows first-hand the beauty of growing up within a faith family and how awesome it is to be loved within the church through each of life’s journeys.
Susanna taught high school English outside of Washington D.C. before choosing to stay at home with her two boys for close to a decade. She joined the staff in April of 2019 and is thrilled to be able to use her creativity, love of words, always growing faith, and passion for learning about others’ stories to share God’s love with this church family and with our local community. Driven by a desire to encourage all people, no matter their age, to be consistently seeking authentic connection with others, it is a true honor for her to serve in these two roles within Nardin Park. She is proud to be an ally for the LGBTQIA+ community and believes wholeheartedly that whoever you are, you are a beloved child of God.
In her spare time, Susanna enjoys making memories with her two boys, Sam and Eli, walking her dog, Piper, writing, having dance parties in her kitchen, and laughing with her extended family around the dinner table.
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Rev. Lynn Hasley – Pastor for Discipleship Pathways
Pastor Lynn is excited to be a part of the staff of Nardin Park and to have the opportunity to work with people who are new to our church as well as people who have been a part of this congregation for many years, helping each of them find the next step in their personal faith journeys. She works to develop small Connecting Groups, teaches new member classes, and supports the hospitality activities of our congregation. She is especially happy to offer a warm welcome members of the LGBTQIA+ community, as helping to build an inclusive community is an important part of her calling.
Lynn joined the staff of Nardin Park in February 2019, two years after retiring as lead pastor of Franklin Community Church. She is active in the Conference as a member of the Board of Ordained Ministry, which oversees credentialing of new clergy. Lynn is a second career pastor, having previously worked for eleven years as a hospital administrator and also spending some years as a teacher and Foster Grandparent program Director. In addition to her Master of Divinity degree from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary and Ecumenical Theological Seminary, she also holds Master’s Degrees in Education and in Hospital Administration.
Lynn is married to Gary, a retired engineer who sings in three choirs and loves to golf. They have two daughters, both of whom are married, and three granddaughters.
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Rev. Beth Titus – Pastor of Youth Ministries, Missions and Outreach
Beth attended Methodist Theological School in Ohio, earning a Masters of Divinity in 2002. She was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 2008.
She served on staff at Brighton First UMC as Director of Christian Education and in pastoral ministry at Hartland UMC. After graduating from seminary, she served as pastor at Denton Faith UMC and Ann Arbor Calvary UMC.
Rev. Titus is very passionate about youth ministry. She believes that the teenage years can be very difficult and that being part of a supportive church and youth group can make a big difference in a teens life. Being in ministry with the youth of Nardin Park brings her great joy.
Beth is also passionate about mission work and social justice issues. She has been actively involved in crafting a welcome statement that welcomes ALL people to Nardin Park. She has been to Haiti on mission trips several times and leads the youth on at least one mission trip each summer
Rev. Titus is married to Dale Titus, they have 2 children, Matt and Kristin who live in Ohio and North Carolina.
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Rev. George Covintree – Pastor of Congregational Care Ministries
The Rev George Covintee is our Pastor of Congregational Care. He is a retired Elder in the Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC) having served six congregations in Detroit, Pontiac and the surrounding suburbs.
Born in Philadelphia, Rev. Covintree came to Michigan in the late sixties to teach at Wayne State University.
He has worked as a Youth Coordinator for the American Friends Service Committee in Detroit and as a community organizer for the National Council of Churches Hunger and Poverty Working Group. He has served as a Mission Interpreter or the United Methodist
Board of Global Ministries and is currently chairperson of the Michigan Conference (UMC) Board of Justice. A third career Pastor, Rev. Covintree brings a wealth of life experience, advocacy, and a fellowship of caring to his position here.
Rev. Covintree is married. His wife, Wink, is a retired art teacher. They have two grown children and four grandchildren. He is a welcomed part of Nardin Park’s ministry team.
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Kyle Webber – Director of Music Ministries & Director of Worship
Kyle Webber began serving as Director of Music Ministries and Organist at Nardin Park United Methodist Church on August 1, 2017. He leads a comprehensive music ministry consisting of ensembles from children through adult in addition to managing a substantial music and arts series. Prior to coming to Nardin Park, Kyle served as Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville, FL and for nine years as Music Director and Organist at First United Methodist Church in Chelsea, Michigan. In Chelsea, he built a music ministry consisting of five handbell choirs, vocal choir, kids choir, praise band, instrumental ensemble, and a concert series. Also in Chelsea, Kyle initiated and organized an annual concert tour for the advanced youth handbell choir, The Accidentals. This ensemble traveled to Florida, Toronto (Canada), and Charleston, South Carolina. Kyle has been involved in handbells for over 15 years and is currently a member of the Detroit Handbell Ensemble, a community ensemble based in the Detroit, MI area.
Kyle has served on the Area 5 Handbell Musicians of America board as treasurer/registrar, has been a clinician at Area 5 workshops, was instrumental in developing the Area 5 Associate Conductor program and transitioned the area to online registration. Kyle co-founded the Eaton Rapids Handbell Festival (Michigan) with Brenda Austin in 2011, where he also serves as a conductor/clinician. Kyle currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Handbell Musicians of America. In addition to the Handbell Musicians of America, Kyle is a member of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts and the American Guild of Organists. Kyle has three young children (Macaela, Aubrey and Paxton).
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