OUR TEAM

Mark WilkinsMARK WILKINS

Senior Pastor

What do you do at FUMC? I get the honor and the fun of leading this congregation in ministry. I get to work with the staff in planning and administering projects, plus preaching, designing worship and whatever else needs to be done!
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I like spending time with my wife and daughter whenever possible, I also enjoy writing, fishing and listening to 70’s rock music.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Books: Anything by Mark Twain or Christopher Moore. Movie: Young Frankenstein

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  I have always wanted to be able to fly!

Tom ShanahanTOM SHANAHAN

Associate Pastor

What do you do at FUMC? Pastor the flock.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  Jog, play golf, and spend time with my granddaughter.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Movie: Titanic

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  To be able to run a marathon in 2 hours.

Karen ArtimKAREN ARTIM

Assistant Director of Play & Learn Preschool Pre-K Teacher’s Aide

What do you do at FUMC? Having a combined role, I oversee the running of the day-to-day and administrative details of the program with the director. I also work daily as part of the Pre-K Staff to enhance our student’s Kindergarten readiness.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?    I am the busy mother of three teenage girls and a happily married wife. I volunteer and am involved in several High School and community programs, while supporting my children in their many extracurricular activities and interests, too.
 
 What’s your favorite book or movie?  Favorite Feel Good Movie: Sleepless in Seattle
 
If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  The ability to extend the hours in a day!

Carol ColeCAROL COLE

Kiddie Kamp Substitute Teacher

What do you do at FUMC? Whatever needs to be done working with the children.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  Take care of my home and children.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie? Gone with the Wind

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  To be able to heal.

1SueSUE DYKSTRA

Nursery Staff

What do you do at FUMC? Take care of young children during all of the services and activities for the church.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC? I am finishing my degree in May of 2015. I like to do yard work, babysit, and go for walks and hikes.  I am working this summer to get my real estate license.  Oh, and watching the Blackhawks!
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Favorite Movie:  Goodbye Girl – all Richard Dreyfus movies!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  I’m not sure it would be a super power, but I would like to have the knowledge to be able to help people with whatever they would need. I guess it would be a combination of energy, strength, and knowledge all rolled up together.

BrookeBROOKE FIGURSKI

Pre-3 Teacher’s Assistant at Play & Learn Preschool

What do you do at FUMC? I help the children in the Pre-3 class. I started just helping in the class as often as I could and loved it.  After two of my children attended the program, I thought why not work at FUMC Play & Learn and do what I love to do full time!
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC? I am a wife a mother of four children! My children keep me very busy with my oldest in her first year of college and youngest in first grade.  I love being outside and spending time with family.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie? Favorite Book(s): Nicholas Sparks books

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  The invisible woman!

JAYNE GIBBJayne GibbsS

Financial Secretary

What do you do at FUMC? I work in conjunction with the Treasurer of the church processing monetary donations from the congregation. I post donations to member statements, process the church’s payroll, manage accounts payable…  basically, collect the money and pay the bills.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I provide a shuttle service for my kids’ various activities.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Movie:  Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  The ability to duplicate myself so I can be a better mom.

Lisa HargreavesLISA HARGREAVES

Kiddie Kamp Director and Teacher

What do you do at FUMC? I do whatever needs to be done to keep the children safe and happy. We do crafts, circle time, which includes working with numbers, letters, shapes, and much more.  We sing songs, read books and do music with movement.  Also, we teach the little ones to play nice with their friends.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  Drive my girls around with friends or to the gym and spend most of my Saturdays and Sundays at cheer competitions.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Sound of Music

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  On a joking matter, snap my fingers and have my laundry done and house clean. On a serious note take away world hunger.
 

 SANDRA HOBBS

Organist and Pianist

What do you do at FUMC? Play the organ and piano for services; as well as select music.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  Choral director at Lake Central High School (to retire at the end of this year).  Symphony musician (harp).
 
 What’s your favorite book or movie?  Walter’s Searchlight (the author is my son)

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  to transport myself from place to place by snapping my fingers

DebDEB KOMASINSKY

Pre-K Teacher’s Aide at Play & Learn Preschool

What do you do at FUMC? Assist the Pre-K classes with set-up, clean-up and nurture the children with activities in the classroom and a listening ear.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC? I personally love a lake, gardening, and friends! My husband, Rich, and I have 2 daughters.  Our oldest is getting married on August 8, 2015 and our youngest is graduating as a Dental Hygienist on May 2, 2015.  We enjoy family time with outdoor activities, indoor games, and cooking together.  I teach Sunday School Kindergarten at Trinity Lutheran Church.
 
What’s your favorite book or movie?  I enjoy Jan Karon books and The Sound of Music is a favorite classic.
 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  Change hearts!

Danno LambertDANNO LAMBERT

Director of Youth Ministries, Custodian

 
What do you do at FUMC? I coordinate and facilitate the many activities throughout the church that involve youth from Grades 6 – 12 including AMPED youth group, Pulse Outreach, Summer Camps, Summer Mission Trip, Confirmation, various other activities throughout the year as well as everything else that I am asked to do at any given moment!  [Danno is also one of our church custodians as of the Spring of 2016]
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC? When I’m not at work I am doing many different things, my favorites are spending time with my nephews and niece and playing sports including Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Snowboarding, and really any other activity that I can get involved in.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Favorite book would be anything that helps me to be a better person and servant! Favorite Movie is Tommy Boy

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  If I could have any superpower I would choose to not age.  I want to continue at the pace that the youth move at.  I would love to be able to stay the age I am and keep up with the youth that I work with.  There is nothing better than playing games and staying up all night with teenagers…

Michelle LentiniMICHELLE LENTINI

Pre-K Teacher at Play & Learn Preschool

What do you do at FUMC? It is my goal to foster the cognitive, social and creative spirit of each child in my class. What I really do:  sing, dance, read books, control bodily fluids and referee.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I love to read and do anything BUT sing, dance, read children’s books, control bodily fluids or referee.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice Favorite Movie: Sabrina (with Audrey Hepburn) or Philadelphia Story

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  I would be Tony Stark. Billionaire genius by day, Iron Man by night.

Cheryl LucasCHERYL LUCAS

Office Administrator,  Director of Music

What do you do at FUMC? As the newly hired Administrative Assistant, I will simply say that the to-do list is never ending, and every day is a new adventure in juggling.  The position is challenging and rewarding.  One of the greatest (and most difficult) parts of this position is helping people who are in need, and encouraging them to pay it forward, so they leave FUMC with a healthier self-esteem.  As the Director of Music, I analyze, select, and teach different kinds of music to the adult choir and the bell choir.  I work with the pastors to coordinate music for the special services, children’s choir, special events, small groups, etc.  As the Wedding Coordinator, I work with the pastors and bride and groom to create a wedding day that is personal and memorable.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?   I’m always working on 2-3 projects at the same time, spending time with my family, working outside, cooking (I have a small catering company), or going somewhere new with friends.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Favorite book – anything by Walt Whitman.  Favorite movie – Shawshank Redemption, The Wizard of Oz, Steel Magnolias… growing up I loved Sherlock Holmes movies.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  If I could, I’d inspire people to have faith.

1BethBETH MAGERS

Nursery Staff

What do you do at FUMC? Take care of children during the 8, 9:30 and 11 am services.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I take care of my daughter, work at Baker’s Square, do hair, essential oils, and I love to do crafts.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Favorite Movie(s): Cars, Dirty Dancing, and Bridesmaids

If you could have any superpower, what would it be? I would be invisible. There are times I’d love to be a fly on the wall.

LINDA MARTIS

Administrative Assistant

 What do you do at FUMC?  Assist the Senior Pastor as needed, handle calendar scheduling, work with committees and other staff members when needed and support anyone I can in any way I can (still in training as I type this)!
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I enjoy taking care of my rescued pets, my home and I love to garden…and spend time with friends.
What’s your favorite book or movie?  Book: The Art of Racing In The  Rain, and Movie: Miracle on 34th street
If you could  have any superpower, what would it be?  Turn negative energy into positive energy and turn hate into love

 

 Sarah Mays

SARAH MAYS

Communications Director

What do you do at FUMC? I work on the bulletin, newsletter, website, social media, and publications.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I’m a homebody — I love hanging out at home with my husband and girls or friends.  Almost as much as I love reading and naps.  Just kidding…
 
What’s your favorite book or movie?  I love anything written by Anne LaMott and am a sucker for documentaries.
 

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  I’d like to manipulate probability.  Or, if the odds are against that, mind control, which sadly I’d probably use just to entertain myself.

Bonnie MeyerBONNIE MEYER

Director of Outreach and Missions

What do you do at FUMC? I chair the Outreach Committee.  I welcome visitors by assembling and distributing welcome bags, inviting them to our Membership Class and other events, managing the Welcome Center, and managing our Hospitality Time between services.  I also take photos, submit information to local media, and help coordinate many special events at our church.  I also chair the Mission Committee.  In this capacity, I organize and lead Mission Trips, coordinate collections and deliveries for various missions, and manage Kids’ Mission Days for children and families.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I write children’s books and am working on a novel that I hope to get published.  I play guitar.  I bird watch.  I place foreign exchange students in worthy, lucky homes.  I love to travel.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  My favorite movie is The Sound of Music.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  I would like to be able to fly.

KarenPiercy1KAREN PIERCY

Praise Team Director / 9:30 Service Coordinator

What do you do at FUMC? Research, choose and teach songs to the Praise Team, who in turn, help lead worshipers into the presence of God on Sunday mornings.  I work with the pastors, sound and visual teams, as well as the Worship Commission.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I have a full time job outside of church that I spend on average 45 – 50 hours a week doing. I love to read, cook, kayak (or any kind of water sport for that matter), and I like gardening in the summertime.  Together, my husband, Dave and I have four grown kids, one wonderful daughter-in-law, and we’re excited to be gaining a second wonderful daughter-in-law (honest – they are!) July 2015.  We are also very excited to be anticipating the birth of our first grandchild coming sometime the end of October 2015!  We love them all dearly and are so proud of every one of them!
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  I love old movies and musicals from the 50’s and 60’s.  The ones that are fun, hokey, innocent and unrealistically romantic. Some of my favorite actors and actresses are Cary Grant, Doris Day, Jimmy Stewart, both of the Hepburns (Audrey and Katherine), Rock Hudson, Rod Taylor, James Garner – you get the idea.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to see things EXACTLY the way God sees them.  Every person, every situation, EVERYTHING.

Stacey SchoettleSTACEY SCHOETTLE

Pre-3 Teacher at Play & Learn Preschool

What do you do at FUMC? I love teaching the super energetic, fun, rambunctious, eager, inquisitive little three year olds!
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I am a wife and a mother to three. Oh, and one fur baby!  You will find me at some sporting event most days of the week.  I also substitute teach at Crown Point schools.  I’m always busy and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Favorite Movie: Elf

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  Clone myself – I wish I could be in a few different places at one time!

Julie SchulzJULIE SCHULTZ

Custodian

What do you do at FUMC? Clean, organize, and do special projects for the Senior Pastor (or anyone who asks!), as needed.  In other words, I wear many hats and have multiple talents.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  Care for my mom, my husband, and three dogs.  In that order.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Movie:  Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  To be able to multiply myself.  There are many times when I am needed in different places at the same time.

Kim SmithKIMBERLY SMITH

Director of Christian Education

What do you do at FUMC? I oversee Sunday School from Nursery through Adult classes, small groups, Bible studies, Children’s Ministries, and Vacation Bible School.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I love playing with my daughter, Hope, and ballroom dancing with my husband.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Book:  Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers  Movie: The BBC version of Pride and Prejudice

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?   I’m a Wonder Woman fan because I love the Lasso of Truth.

1KimKIM STARCEVICH

Director of Play & Learn Preschool

What do you do at FUMC? I helped create the preschool in 1998. My primary role now is to ensure the program continues to have a great reputation in our community and our mission is followed.
 
What do you do when you’re not at FUMC?  I have a full time job with Dove Chocolate and a full time job as a mother of three busy girls. In my spare time, I love to watch them do what they love including sports, singing, making movies and dancing.
 

What’s your favorite book or movie?  Favorite book: The Energy Bus Favorite Movie: For some reason my all-time favorites include Kevin Costner and baseball – For the Love of the Game and Bull Durham

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?  Mind Reading. It would save me a ton of time.