John Grenfell, III is a third generation pastor whose father and grandfather also served in the Detroit Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Having pursued his interests in history and political science at Northern Michigan University, John went on to secure his Masters and Doctorate at Asbury Theological Seminary, where he was a Beeson Scholar in residence with the Beeson International Center of Biblical Preaching and Church Leadership. Prior to coming to Plymouth, John has served in Belleville, Menominee, and initiated a church start in Grand Marais, MI. John is the proud father of Kathleen, Laura, and John IV, grandfather to Rylee & Reece.
Pastor Nick Berlanga has been married to Lisa for 28 years, and they have three children (Victoria, Zane, and Risa). Nick has a B.A. from Alma College, an M.B.A. from Walsh College, and is currently attending Course of Study at Methodist Theological Seminary in Ohio.
Prior to full-time ministry, Nick worked in Human Resources and Payroll. He also provided consulting services to Fortune 500 companies in those areas.
Nick has a passion for youth, as evidenced by his years as both a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader. He currently works with our youth and young adults, providing mentoring and ministry.
Pastor Nick bases his ministry on God’s love for all his children and challenges everyone to show that love to each other.
Pastor Carrie Wood spends a few house a week visiting our folks who can’t get to church.
In 2011 se retired from the Eastern PA Conference after 20 years and moved back to MI where she has extended family.
The majority of her time now is spent preventing and fighting human trafficking through Pearls of Great Price Coalition.
Marcia Van Oyen has served as Minister of Music at PFUMC since 2006.
She holds Doctoral and Master’s degrees in church music from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor’s degree in church music from Calvin College. She has performed widely as organist, including a solo performance with the Michigan Philharmonic, has recorded two CDs of organ music. Her hobbies are gardening, reading and horseback riding.
For more info, visit Marcia’s website mvanoyen.com
Sarah is married to Garrett and has two children, Nolan & Eden. She has a degree in Youth Studies from William Tyndale College. When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and crafting.
Sarah’s favorite Bible story is the three guys in the fiery furnace because, “I love the faithfulness that the story is based upon.”
Ken has been leading guitar and rock-driven worship for the better part of two decades and believes that worship can take many forms as long as the focus of worship stays the same. His musical tastes go from Bill Monroe to Marshall Mathers and everything in between. Christian music influences include but are not limited to: MercyMe, Big Daddy Weave, Paul Baloche, Chris Tomlin, All Sons and Daughters, Third Day, and many many more…
More importantly, Ken married his high school sweetheart Cindy in 1984 and they raised two children together who are now adults, on their own, and doing wonderfully! And while he would never suggest someone should rush it, being a grandparent is probably the most fun he’s had as an adult… Henry and Abby are incredible!
So come experience worship at Plymouth First… we worship by having fun, offering our hearts to God, and loving one another!
Pat has been married to Don for 45 years. They have one son and 3 grandsons. She is an active member of the Emmaus Community of Southeast Michigan. Pat has been working for several years with the Farmington Historical Society to restore the Farmington First United Methodist Church of which she is an active member.
Brian retired after 35 years with GM as a Skilled Tradesman at Power Train Willow Run. He is married to Holly and they have two grown daughters. In his free time he enjoys boating and fishing. He is involved in the Plymouth Kiwanis and on the board of directors for his homeowners association.
Susan is married to Colin and she has one son, Nicholas. They have 3 toy poodles.
Susan earned her BDA at U of M Dearborn. She volunteers at her church, meals on wheels, humane society, Karmanos Cancer and is the treasurer for her homeowners association.
She enjoys gardening, walking her dogs, bike riding, photography and movies. Her favorite scripture is Psalms 37:3, “Trust in the Lord and do good.”
Cathy has been married to Kerry since 1984. They have two grown and married daughters, Megan & Katelyn. Cathy is known as Damma to an awesome 3 year old, Alex Michael Gruizenga. Cathy’s background is in Fine Arts and she has taken courses in Graphic Design. She is an active member of the Emmaus Community of Southeast Michigan and enjoys knitting, crocheting, watercolor and games on the iPad.
Barb graduated from Eastern Michigan University, majoring in biology & history with graduate studies in Food and nutrition. She is a member of the Chancel Choir and Handbell Choir. She is interested in Performing Arts, especially music as well as enjoys reading and fashion.
Darlene Kuperus is a versatile musician. She is an organist, pianist, conductor, chamber musician, and concert manager. She is the Associate Music Director/Organist at the First United Methodist Church of Plymouth, MI. In the Fall of 2016 she was the guest instructor at the University of Michigan where she assisted in the Organ Department at the school of Music, Theatre and Dance.
Darlene teaches piano and organ students at the PFUMC Fine Arts Academy. She has spent over 30 years as a church musician in positions at Lutheran (ELCA and Missouri Synods), Methodist and Presbyterian Churches. She has conducted the Northville Concert Chorale since 1997. Her undergraduate degree is from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI. She earned Masters and Doctoral degrees in Church Music at the University of Michigan.
Her hobbies include reading, gardening, playing Scrabble and watching the Tigers.
Carrick is a classical trained tenor and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Film Music Scoring from Madonna University in May of 2014. He has a broad background of experience in the recording, editing and production of music. He has taught voice and percussion privately for 5 years.