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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 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).
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, and a son-in-law Andrew. Mary also operates a private music studio out of her home.
Eric Muncie, Director of Youth Ministries
Eric is originally from Indiana and has lived in Kentucky since coming to college in 2007. He completed his undergraduate and graduate work at Eastern Kentucky University, and he is now a school psychologist working in the public school system. Eric loves working with kids and youth. He said “they keep me young.” Eric is married to Chelsee Muncie, and they have a very rambunctious young daughter named Adley.
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Karen Reynolds, Director of Children's Ministries
Karen Reynolds guides the children's ministries team serving children ages birth to 5th grade. Karen began her career in early childhood education in 1982 while living in Anchorage, Alaska where she cared for children ages infants to ten. She taught at 2 child care centers and a Christian academy before moving to Illinois. There she worked at a preschool and a home daycare while attending an Early Childhood Education Program. After graduation in 1991 she owned a licensed daycare called “My Own Preschool and Daycare”.
Then she spent a year as a teacher’s aide in the public school before moving to Kentucky in 1999 where she worked in 2 child care centers and a home daycare . She now balances her time between her children's ministries work, sewing business, and volunteer work.
Melissa Stacy, Sunshine Friends Preschool Director/Teacher
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.