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Rev. Melanie Carey – Lead Pastor

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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.

You can email Rev. Carey at melanie.npchurch@gmail.com

Rev. Lynn Hasley – Pastor for Discipleship Pathways & Congregational Care

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.

You can email Lynn at lynn.npchurch@gmail.com

Darlene Kuperus – Director of Music & Worship

Darlene Kuperus joined the staff of Nardin Park UMC in the summer of 2021.  She is pleased to be a part of the church staff in working with those who worship at Nardin Park church.  She also looks forward to sharing music with the wider community through the church concert series. 

Darlene enjoys a music career filled with variety. She has worked in both academic and church music environments.  Working in these settings has given her experiences as lecturer, teacher, full- time church music director,  organist, pianist, conductor, chamber musician, and concert manager.  

Dr. Kuperus was appointed as a Visiting Faculty member in the University of Michigan Organ Department during 2020-2021 academic year.  Additionally, she was guest faculty in the fall of 2016 during the sabbatical of Dr. James Kibbie, Department Chair.  She is a frequent presenter at the Annual Conference on Organ Music at the U of M.  

As an ecumenical church musician, Darlene has spent over 30 years leading music at Lutheran, Methodist and Presbyterian Churches.  She has been active as a choral conductor of community choruses in the Northville area.   She has served for several years on the board of the American Guild of Organists/Ann Arbor Chapter.  

Her undergraduate degree is from Calvin University in Grand Rapids, MI.  Darlene earned Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Church Music at the University of Michigan where she studied with Dr. James Kibbie (organ) and Dr. Michele Johns (Sacred Music).

You can email Darlene at darlene.npchurch@gmail.com

Kristen Trachet – Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Kristen is a member of the United Methodist Church and has served for over 11 years in various capacities. At Nardin Park, she is the Director of Children’s and Youth Ministry and she is thrilled for the Faith journey she will take with our young people.

Kristen was born in Flint and lived in rural Michigan for six years before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada where she would grow up. Following high school graduation, Kristen worked in a gluten-free bakery where she developed her baking and cake decorating skills. In the summer of 2019, Kristen moved to Michigan to be close to her brother and sister-in-law as they welcomed her first niece, Violet Ember.

She has many passions including; art of all media, reading, cooking, crocheting, and stenography. She is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community and lives with her partner, Lucy, and their two cats, Alice and Hiro. Kristen is a student at Macomb Community College in the Court Reporting program, where she is gaining the skills necessary to work in the justice system as a court reporter.

Kristen is excited to share her love of creating and passion for young people within her two roles at Nardin Park!

You can email Kristen at kristen.npchurch@gmail.com