Staff & Committees

Meet the Staff from Faith UMC of Trenton

We here at Faith hope to lift you up and provide you support.  We welcome you and your family to the Faith community.



Senior Pastor

Rev. Dr. Wayne A. Price

(734)671-5211

Rev. Dr. Wayne Price has pastored for 32 years in California, North Carolina, and Michigan. Pastor Wayne has served as Senior Pastor at Faith UMC since July of 2019.

Previously, he developed an outreach/discipleship program at Westwood UMC in Kalamazoo, which was recognized by UMC General Board of Discipleship staff as a model program for medium sized churches. Pastor Wayne received a M.Div from Duke Divinity School, and a D.Min from Asbury Seminary as resident fellow in the Beeson Institute for Advanced Church Leadership. His dissertation was entitled, "Beauty in Worship".

Wayne is married to Joy and they have two daughters, Katrina and Rachel. He enjoys playing the guitar, gardening, travelling, and biking.




Deacon

Grace Ann Beebe

Rev. Grace Ann Beebe grew up in Trenton and attended Trenton Schools. Even though she never moved, she did attend three different elementary schools in Trenton, as new ones were constantly being built. Grace Ann graduated from Trenton High School.

Grace Ann went on to earn a BS from Eastern Michigan University in Special Education, an MEd. from Wayne State University in Guidance and Counseling, and 30 additional graduate hours in Special Education from the University of Michigan.

Her entire teaching career was in special education with students with physical disabilities. She also taught in Grand Rapids for 2 years and in Taylor for 28 years, and worked in various grade level classrooms and as a Teacher Consultant.

After retiring from teaching, Grace Ann attended the Ecumenical Theological Seminary for one year and the Methodist Theological School in Ohio for three years earning an MDiv. in 2004. She was commissioned as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 2004 and ordained in 2007. Reverand Beebe's focus as a Deacon has been helping churches with accessibility issues and helping some establish special needs ministries. In addition, she has filled a variety of roles at Trenton Faith UMC and have established various ministries there.




Office Manager

Karin Hiske

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Karin was raised in Trenton and attended and graduated from Trenton Public Schools. She has also attended Faith UMC since early childhood.

She holds a degree in Business Administration and Karin has worked at Faith Church since 2001 as the church Custodian, Youth Director, and Administrative Asst.

She is married to David and has four grown children Andrew, Kristen, Mark, and Nathan and two wonderful grand-children Mackenzie & Mitchell.

If you have a question, Karin has the answer.  You can contact Karin with any questions or concerns by clicking on her e-mail link, or by calling (734) 671-5211.

 




Youth Coordinator

Cheryl Lentner

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Cheryl is married to Herb, they have three adult sons and they are also blessed with five grandchildren.

Cheryl retired from United Airlines in 2016 after 25 years of service in Sales and Customer Care.  She has a BSED in Elementary Education from the University of Phoenix.

In 2017 she became the Youth Coordinator here at Faith, after retirement from the airlines.  This allowed her to put her teaching degree and creative skills to work. 

The goal is to help build relationships among the local youth and strengthen their relationships with Jesus Christ.  The intent to create opportunities of blessings for our local youth has turned into abundant blessings for Cheryl. 

She committed to follow the advice of a very wise man who said, “Do all the good you can, in all the places you can, to all the people you can…” (John Wesley)  and wants to help our children do the same!




Sunday School Coordinator

Heather Stefan

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Heather started as the Sunday School Coordinator in September 2019. She grew up at Faith Church and has been an active Sunday School teacher her entire adult life.

Heather holds a BS degree in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been a registered dietitian with over 20 years experience, working with both children and adults.

She is married to Jeff and they have three daughters: Clare, Allie and Cate. When she isn’t helping out in the Sunday School program, she enjoys cooking, baking, reading and hiking.




Pianist

Karen Kasenow-Johnson

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Karen accompanies the Joyful Noise Choir as well as individual vocalists.  She is also the backup musician for the organist.  Karen has been playing the piano at Faith UMC for over ten years and is a member of our bell choir, the Faithful Ringers.

Karen works in the Technology Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit. She is support to the staff at the Chancery as well as assisting the parishes.

Karen is married to Kim Johnson.  Both Karen and Kim enjoy assisting at Faith in various other capacities.  They work in our sound and projection both during our Sunday service,  coordinate dinner during ChristNet, and assist in the kitchen during our annual bazaar...and many other fun activities!




Director of Music

Stephanie Gearhart-Bell

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Stephanie Gearhart-Bell is the Director of our Music Department.  

Stephanie Bell... having grown up in this amazing church, Faith UMC since I was 2y/o. I have grown spiritually through all the inspiring Parishioners which has helped me grow raising my children. My husband George and I were married at Faith in 2014, then we started our family in 2015. My husband and I have 3 wonderful children which we enjoy having them now grow up in our church.

 My musical interests began with listening to the Adult Chancel Choir in the back pew at a young age ... (really just being my mother’s shadow). Then, I was in the children’s choir, hanging with the trouble tenors and bad boy basses!! (They always seem to be getting in trouble not following their choir leader little laughs and giggles throughout the rehearsals and singing praises to our God.) This had a long-lasting impression for me and inspired me to really be more serious on wanting to be more involved in the music program.

I started playing handbells at age 12 and got incredibly involved in the youth program and kept growing deeper in my faith. At the age of 18, I was asked if I wanted to start taking over the rehearsal as our bell director as the minister and had enough on his plate and of course I agreed!

This only inspired me to do more.  At the age of 20 I was asked to be the director of music here at Faith.  Here I have been able to celebrate through music Gods love for all of us.

Let us all make a joyful noise unto the Lord.

 




Organist

Sandy Strall

(734)379-9680

Sandra Strall, the Organist at Faith is married to retired United Methodist Rev. Dana Strall.  Sandy has a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She taught English for 43 years at Carlson High School, Gibraltar, Michigan, where she was the English Department Chair and advised the yearbook.

During a sabbatical year, she worked in Royal Oak, Michigan at the Rogers/Ruffati organ dealership, a division of CBS Musical Instruments. She was one of two salespeople in Royal Oak, and one of only two women in the country who sold and demonstrated Rogers electronic organs and Ruffati pipe organs. Her area was the Eastern half of the state of Michigan and the top six counties in Ohio.

A principal organist from the age of 16, she has worked at several Methodist churches across the state. A member of the American Guild of Organists, she came to Faith from the organist position at Christ Lutheran Church in Monroe, Michigan.

 




Committees and Committee Chairpersons

COMMITTEES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES – James Allison, Chairperson

 

            Class of 2019                     Class of 2020                         Class of 2021

            James Allison                     Gerry Baynai                          Linda Cleaver

            Kay Korns                          Mark Caldwell                         Mike Egan

            TBD                                   Mark Farrah                            Debbie Egan

 

FINANCE – Raymond Yee, Chairperson

 

Don Martin, Treasurer

Memorial Fund – Laura Trosien

Stewardship – Amy Lester

Pastor(s) Rev. Dr. Wayne Price, Rev. Grace Ann Beebe

Lay Members of Annual Conference – Kay Korns, TBD

Chairperson of Administrative Board – Cindy Allison

Chairperson of Pastor Parish Relations – Leslie Perlaki

Missions Chairperson - Linda Cleaver

Representative of Trustees – James Allison

Lay Leader(s) – Rebecca Caldwell & Jeff Stefan

Financial Secretary – Cindy Allison  

Endowment Fund – Bob Maxwell

            Class of 2019                     Class of 2020                         Class of 2021

            Renee McKay                     Marla Colapietro                     Linda Kell

            Bob Maxwell                       Tom Dickman                         Norris Blackledge

                                                    

 

COMMITTEE ON NOMINATIONS AND LAY LEADERSHIP - Chaired by the Pastor

 

            Class of 2019                     Class of 2020                         Class of 2021

            Madison Bommer                Kenneth Baker                        Jackie Gies

            Michele Partch                    Michael Oakley                       B.J. Williams

            Heather Powell                   Karla Elswick                          Cindy Morrison

 

Pastor Parish Relations Committee – Leslie Perlaki, Chairperson

 

            Class of 2019                     Class of 2020                         Class of 2021

            Dean Church                      Leslie Perlaki                          Todd Cleaver

            Paul Morgan                       Todd Harp                              Cindy Allison

            Jeff Stefan                          Melissa Cabauatan                  Chris Kane

ADDITIONAL ELECTIONS / AFFIRMATIONS

 

ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON – Cindy Allison

MEMBERS AT LARGE 2020 – Kenneth Baker, Mike Hawkinson, Karin Hiske

ALTAR GUILD – Vivian Gearhart

BANNERS - Vivian Gearhart

Bulk Mail Coordinators - Jim & Lynda Watkins

CHURCH AND SOCIETY/RELIGION AND RACE - Ruth Briggs

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP - Jan Deller

CHURCH HISTORIAN – Chris Kane

COMMUNION STEWARD - Linda Kell

DEACON (Retired) – Rev. Grace Ann Beebe

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC – Stephanie Bell

ENDOWMENT COMMITTEE CHAIR – Robert Maxwell

HEAD USHER – Mike Hawkinson

LAY LEADER(S) – Rebecca Caldwell & Jeff Stefan

LAY MEMBERS OF ANNUAL CONFERENCE – Kay Korns, TBD

MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY – Chris Kane

MEMORIAL GARDEN CHAIRPERSONS - Jim & Cindy Allison

MISSIONS CHAIRPERSON  - Linda Cleaver

PASTOR PARISH RELATIONS CHAIRPERSON – Leslie Perlaki

PRAYER CHAIN – Nancy Cardle

SPORTS LEAGUE REPRESENTATIVE – Kay Korns

SUNDAY SCHOOL COORDINATOR - Heather Stefan

TREASURER – Donald Martin

TRUSTEE CHAIRPERSON – James Allison

UNITED METHODIST WOMEN – Laura Hayman

YOUTH COORDINATOR – Cheryl Lentner

WEDDING COORDINATOR - April Rossmann

WORSHIP COMMITTEE COORDINATOR – Chris Kane




 
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This Week's Events
DEC

02

WED
Give a child a Merry Christmas bags are given out
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The "Give a Child a Merry Christmas" gift bags will be distributed from the Church office from Monday, Nov 30 to Thursday, Dec. 3. Please return your gift in the bag to the church office by Monday, December 14. Thank You!
On-line Bible Study through ZOOM
10:00 AM
Wednesdays at 10 a.m. led by Pastor Wayne
DEC

03

THU
Give a child a Merry Christmas bags are given out
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
The "Give a Child a Merry Christmas" gift bags will be distributed from the Church office from Monday, Nov 30 to Thursday, Dec. 3. Please return your gift in the bag to the church office by Monday, December 14. Thank You!
DEC

04

FRI
Meeting in Compton Hall
1:00 PM
Leader: Rev. Grace Ann Beebe
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