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You may contact one of our staff members via e-mail by clicking on their name or by contacting the church office.
Joy Barrett

Senior Pastor

Joy joined the staff as senior pastor in July 2004. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and Boston University School of Theology. Joy lived in Massachusetts and Florida before becoming a “Michiganian” at age 8. Joy’s parents, three siblings, nieces and nephews live in Michigan and North Carolina. Joy and Rob were married in 1984, and share many interests: gardening, bicycling, cooking, delighting in times with family and friends, reading, and long walks with their dog Bella.

Joy has been a pastor in The United Methodist Church since 1983, serving churches in Midland, Sterling Heights, and Saginaw; and as a district superintendent. Joy finds her life and ministry centered in two passages of scripture. From Micah 6:8, "What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God." And Jesus’ teaching which we call "the great commandments", "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and soul, and strength, and mind; and love your neighbor as you love yourself" (Luke 10:27).

Joy celebrates the partnership of laity and clergy serving together in God's good work. God's Spirit is poured out upon all disciples for the work of the church. "As we listen and learn, serve and share, laugh and love - all of us together - we honor God and people come to know the redeeming grace of Jesus Christ."

Tom Macaulay

Assistant Pastor
Tom Macaulay joined the staff as Assistant Pastor in August 2010.  Tom received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eastern Michigan University and a Master of Divinity from The lliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado in 1974.  Previously Tom has served churches in Birmingham, Detroit, Carleton, Lincoln Park, Warren, and Lake Orion.  Most recently, Tom was the Ann Arbor District Superintendent from
July 2004 - July 2010.   Tom's gifts and passion in ministry include pastoral care and seeking to incarnate something of God's love and transforming purposes into all relationships.  Tom and his wife Mary, have been married since May of 1977.  Together, they have one daughter, Jane, who is a registered nurse at the U of M hospital.  Jane is married to Christopher and they reside in Saline, MI.  Tom and Mary reside in Northville, MI and love to spend time at their summer home near Traverse City as much as possible. 


Kyle Webber

Director of Music Ministries

Kyle Webber has been Director of Music Ministries since June 2007, where he leads a comprehensive music ministry of musical groups from Kindergarten - Adult.  Kyle was born and raised in northwest Indiana and graduated from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana where he earned his Bachelor of Music Education degree in May of 2004.  Before coming to Chelsea First United Methodist Church, Kyle taught Middle School Band and Orchestra in the Sarasota County, FL public schools.  He also has served numerous churches as organist and/or director of music since he was 13 years old.  Kyle is married to his wife, Jocelyn, and enjoys playing golf and cheering on Chicago sports teams in his spare time.  Kyle and Jocelyn reside in Chelsea with their daughter Macaela.

Allison Vanderspool

Director of Children's Ministries

Allison has been the part-time Director of Children's Ministries since July, 2008.  She grew up in Chelsea and has been a member of Chelsea First United Methodist Church for most of her life.  Allison attended the University of Michigan and earned a degree in Industrial and Operations Engineering.  After graduation, she moved to Kansas City and worked for Honeywell as a manufacturing engineer in the aerospace division. It was there that she met her husband Mike. In 2000, they moved to Chelsea to be closer to their families.  They have two children, Drew and Kate. Prior to joining the staff, Allison enjoyed volunteering in the church nursery, teaching Sunday School and Creative Play, and serving as a greeter, confirmation mentor and coordinator of the local MOPS (Mother's of Preschoolers) group.  She feels blessed to be the Director of Children's Ministries and to have the opportunity to serve families with young children in our church and in our community.

Liza Gray

Office Manager

Liza and her husband Walter have always been residents in Michigan.  They have 3 children.  Liza has served at the First United Methodist Church of Chelsea since May 2005 as a secretary.  Previous to that she worked at Automatic Data Processing dealing with automotive claims for 13 years.  She left there to stay home and raise their kids until they were in school full time. She has been a member of the church since 2000 and has had many different responsibilities within the church.  She has been a Girl Scout leader for 9 years and is also involved with Boy Scouts.

Liza likes to spend time with her family watching movies, playing games and camping.  She also likes to read, watch hockey and football.  Their house is split between Michigan fans and Michigan State fans. 
Bill Kelley

Finance Manager

Bill joined the staff of First United Methodist Church in July, 2012.  Bill graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  Prior to joining FUMC Bill worked for a property management company located in Ann Arbor and a construction company located in Livonia.  He has over 30 years experience in the accounting field.

Bill has been married to Jennifer for 28 years.  They have two adult children, Ryan, the oldest, living in Milwaukee, and their daughter Christine living in the Ann Arbor area.

On Saturday afternoons Bill will be either at Michigan Stadium, or in front of the television watching the Wolverines.

Ken Sharp
Facilities Manager
Ken has been employed at Chelsea First United Methodist Church for 13 years.  Ken's major responsibilities around the church include custodial work and maintenance.  When Ken is not busy at the church, he is out officiating high school sports, which include baseball, softball, and basketball.  In 2006 Ken had the honor of officiating the state high school softball championship game.  Ken's hobbies include playing golf and working in his garage.  Ken loves working at Chelsea First and enjoys meeting lots of great people. 

Lori Campbell
Childcare Provider
 Kendra Ford
Childcare Provider

Len Niehoff


Len lives in Chelsea with his wife, Lisa, and their two sons, Evan and J.J. Len's activities center around the church's worship services, where he serves as an occasional preacher and liturgist. Len teaches full-time at the University of Michigan Law School.
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