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Rev. Dr. Timo Karvonen

Rev. Dr. Timothy Karvonen (Pastor Timo) is the pastor of Berea United Methodist Church.  He is an ordained elder in the Kentucky United Methodist Conference, receiving his elder’s ordination in UMC in Finland before coming to the U.S.  He came to the U.S. in late June 1999 as a scholar of the Board of Global Ministries of the UMC (New York) to extend his doctoral studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, graduating in 2003 with two degrees, a doctorate in ministry and master’s degree in Christian education.  (more)


Mary Miller, Associate Pastor of Worship & Member Care

Mary Miller moved to Berea with her family in 1993 and has been serving at Berea United Methodist ever since. Mary oversees all of the worship and music ministries at BUMC, including directing the BUMC Singers (choir for high school age and up), the BUMC Ringers (handbell choir) and the Praise Team (our contemporary worship team).  She also is responsible for nurtuting the BUMC members in lots of ways.


Mary graduated in 1984 from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She served in music ministries in three other churches and two other states before moving to Berea. Her desire is to create opportunities for God’s children to linger in His presence and in doing so, to experience the transforming power of God’s grace and mercy.  Mary and her husband, Chris, have two children, Ben and Becca,, as well as a son-in-law Andrew and daughter-in-law Cayla.  Mary also operates a private music studio out of her home.

Anna Heremes-Krasnov, Director of Youth Ministries  

Anna (aka Anya) is originally from Northeastern Ukraine. Anya graduated from Berea College with a BA in Education in December 2019. She is currently working as a teacher of English to the speakers of other languages as well as pursuing an online Master's degree from the university in British Columbia, Canada. Anya sees teaching as a way of sharing her God-given gifts with the church and his people all over the world, especially the immigrant and the refugee. Anya is passionate about studying the Scripture, loves to worship, dance, and read historical fiction in her free time. Anya is married to a wonderful ethnically Chuvash man from Russia, Aleksandr Krasnov.


The Bible verse from Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths" has been a guiding principle for Anya's life since she became a Christian at age 17.


She is delighted to get to know the BUMC church community!

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Melissa Stacy, Sunshine Friends Preschool Director

Melissa Stacy is a lifelong resident of Madison County, and attends Great Commission Church here in Berea.  Melissa is the wife of Dale Stacy, and mother of 3 children; Hunter, Landen, and Layna Kate.


Melissa has been in the educational field for over 12 years, including four as a Sunshine Friends teacher.


She is currently pursuing her Child Development Associate certification (CDA).   She is a very compassionate and loving Christian who implements God’s love in her daily life.  Melissa is beyond excited to serve as Director of Sunshine Friends Preschool and to begin this new adventure in her professional and spiritual life.

Betty Williams, Administrative Assistant

Betty moved from Michigan to Berea in 2007. She and her husband moved several times with IBM starting in Lexington, then to Memphis TN, Clearwater, FL, Portland OR, and Rochester Hills, MI. Betty’s father was originally from Berea, and she spent time with her Grandparents in the summer and fell in love with Berea. Because of Betty’s love of the city they moved here for their retirement home.


Prior to joining BUMC, Betty worked for Berea Health Ministry a Non-Profit Clinic that treated people without insurance. Unfortunately, funding ran out and the Clinic was closed.


She loves working with the staff at BUMC, and sharing God’s love to parishioners, and people who are in need.


John 13:34-35 is her favorite scripture.  “I give you a new commandment: Love each other.  Just as I have loved you, so that you also must love each other. This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other”.


She is married to Phill Williams and between them they have five children and three grandchildren.

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