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. He looks forward to seeking God’s wisdom on how to best serve Him and His people.
Pastor Dan can be reached at email@example.com
Community and Youth Ministry 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 teacher in Swartz Creek and is a fabulous singer. Brian and MaDonna are both members of the praise team.
Brian is busy with several different roles at our church including leading the casual style Well Service, tech support for the worship service, organizes the mid-week grow sessions, serves as the community liaison and oversees the youth program.
Brian can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Children’s Ministry 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 Ministry 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 email@example.com
Music Program Leader – Simon Salaev
Simon joined the staff as Music Program Leader in July of 2022. Simon is the new music director at our church, succeeding Richard Moreland. Simon has attended Lansing Community College and is currently enrolled at the University of Michigan-Flint. Simon enjoys singing, playing the saxophone, and playing the piano. In his free time, Simon enjoys reading, listening to music, and playing video games.
Simon can be reached at Simon@umc-sc.org
Youth Ministry Coordinator – Lorelei Gano
Lorelei joined the staff as Youth Ministry Coordinator in September of 2022. She graduated high school in June of 2022 and she was a part of the youth group for 7 years. Lorelei has always loved going on the trips, learning about God, and connecting with the other youth and she wants to continue that love by helping teens experience it for themselves. Her goal for the youth group this year is to have teen become more connected with each other, with the community, and with God. She is so happy with how the year is turning out and is so excited to meet you!
Lorelei can be reached at Lorelei@umc-sc.org