Pastor – Dan Bowman
Pastor Dan joined the UMC-SC team in July 2020. He was born in Toledo, Ohio. He is married to Celina and together they have four adult children. Pastor Dan has served in the Michigan UMC for almost 30 years including LaSalle Zion, Lapeer Trinity, Marlette First, and Gaylord First. He enjoys sports, history, church history, church revitalization and historical theology. Pastor Dan provides a 10 pm prayer and brief devotional time on the United Methodist Church of Swartz Creek Facebook page that can be streamed live or watched at a more convenient time. He looks forward to seeking God’s wisdom on how to best serve Him and His people.
Pastor Dan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Education & Youth Director – Brian Kelley
Brian is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems. After working in Midland for Dow Chemical for 8 years, Brian came to UMC-SC in July of 2003 to lead the youth ministry program. He is also a musician playing the trumpet, guitar and a little bit of piano. He is a big sports fan (especially Michigan Football and Basketball and the Detroit Tigers) and enjoys playing sports as well. He leads the Tuesday Night Adult Basketball program at the church and is an active runner, having completed several marathons.
Brian has been married to MaDonna since 2003 and they have three children, Sam, Anna, and Eli . MaDonna is a Kindergarten teacher at Elms Road Elementary in Swartz Creek and is a fabulous singer. Brian and MaDonna are both members of the praise team.
Brian is passionate about providing as many youth as possible with opportunities to experience God in various settings. His biggest hope is to see our teens have the chance to know God in unique ways and then be touched enough by His love that they can’t wait to serve Him for years to come.
Brian can be reached at email@example.com
Children’s Education Director – Tracy Reed
Tracy has been attending Swartz Creek UMC since 2005, before that she attended Hope UMC for 22 years. She has been working and volunteering in children’s ministry for many years. She started her position as the Children’s Education Director in 2018. Tracy led the church’s effort to re-imagine our children’s program with an emphasis on developing faith in a fun way, known as Faithville.
Tracy’s education background is in child development and has been working with children since she was 16. She has been happily married to her husband since 1988 and has 2 adult children Andrew and Melanie. Tracy loves to spend time travelling and hanging out with her basset hound named Dolly.
Tracy is so happy to be living her dream of helping children grow closer to God in the fun and comforting environment of Faithville – where fun and faith meet!
Tracy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Music Director – Richard Moreland
Richard Moreland has served as Director of Music at Swartz Creek United Methodist Church since 1972. He conducts eight different ensembles from age 3 through adult including choirs, hand bells and an instrumental ensemble of band and orchestra instruments. At the request of several orchestra members, Richard began orchestrating selections from The Faith We Sing with the goal of making these pieces accessible to instrumental soloists and ensembles from duets to full orchestra. The results can be found on Cokesbury.com under Digital Music.
Richard is married to Hope. They have two children, Laurel Graves of Swartz Creek, and Randall Moreland of Miami, Florida. They have five grandchildren, Lisette and Livia Moreland of Miami, and Brendan, Delaney and Jackson Graves of Swartz Creek. Brendan, Delaney & Jackson spend a couple days each week with Nana and Papa.
Richard grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska and came to Michigan to be near Hope’s family. For 27 years he taught middle school band for Swartz Creek Community Schools. He and his wife have co-written several Christmas plays for Group Publishing. Rich’s hobbies include walking and hiking, composing and arranging music (with several published works) and playing computer games.