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Leadership Team

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 PastorPhil.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