Senior Pastor: Rev. Richard Zeck – firstname.lastname@example.org
Pastor Zeck came to us in 2015, bringing new life to the church. He is full of grace and good humor. His sermons cut to the core message of the Christian faith and urge us all to live lives of higher grace and goodwill. In other words, he is very down-to-earth and tells us how it is, which is good!
Associate Pastor: Rev. Henry S. Dolopei II – email@example.com
I am grateful to the Almighty God for the journey of life. Like the Psalmist says, “I will live and declare the glory of the Lord,” by the grace of God. I am blessed to be the oldest of my parent’s children. Thus far, I hope I have lived up to the expectations of being the oldest to my brothers. I cherish every moment with my siblings. I have a beautiful wife Assata and lovely kids. I enjoy my wife and kids keeping me busy. I appreciate them keeping me happy most of the time. Surely, they are fun to be around. Some of my leisure times, I watch most sport on TV especially real football (soccer) and basketball. I am trying hard to start playing football and basketball during my leisure time. Pray for me! Encourage me!
“I believe that all human beings have a God given purpose. I believe my purpose is to spread the love of Jesus Christ to all. At BUMC, I am afforded the opportunity to fulfill that purpose. So at BUMC, I listen, learn, love, lead, and laugh.” (Henry laughs a lot!)
Music Director: Michael Anderson – firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael is responsible for all of the worship-related arts at BUMC. He is founder of the Brooklyn United Methodist Church Big Band and directs the Sanctuary Choir, Contemporary Choir and Brooklyn Brass. Michael has worked in the United Methodist Church for over 30 years and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and United Theological Seminary.
Michael is also a guitarist, vocalist, percussionist, trumpeter, and an instrumental and choral conductor. A free-lance trumpeter/singer and private trumpet teacher, he is also a former member of the Dale Warland Singers and the Minnesota Chorale.
His other interests include cinema, reading, gardening and cooking.
Organist & Music Accompanist: Patrice Meschke
Patrice has been an organist since the age of 14, and over the years has played at ELCA Lutheran, Missouri Synod Lutheran, Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian churches. She was at Riverview UMC for 18 years and is has enjoyed reconnecting with those friends who are now at BUMC.
Patrice has been involved in local musical theater productions, accompanied grade school, high school and college choirs and musical groups, directed children’s and adult choirs, sang in the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, and still thinks her Kawai baby grand is the best thing she ever bought! Patrice is married to Steve, and they have one daughter, Ellie, and two Border Collies.
Children’s Ministry (Deep Blue, Birth – Grade 5)
Linda Browning – email@example.com
After many years in other careers, I feel like I’ve finally found what I was meant to do—work with children and their families in a faith-based setting. What do I bring to the job? First, I’m a life-long Methodist baptized at North, confirmed at Brunswick and now finding a church home here at Brooklyn. Second, I have done curriculum development and program delivery for children and adults, teacher development, volunteer recruitment and management for many years. I also have experience planning, marketing and coordinating community events. Probably most important is my desire to make a difference in the lives of children and assist them in their faith journey.
I had been a resident of the Brooklyns for 17 years. I have two grown daughters, three cats, and a grandson who is the love of my life. I’ve been involved in soccer in Brooklyn Park serving on the BPAA Committee (including 2 years as chair and founding the Adult League) and coaching youth soccer, and served as a volunteer in several organizations in the Brooklyn Park community.
Middle School Ministry (Confirmation)
Saige Vacek – firstname.lastname@example.org
High School Ministry (BUMY)
E. J. Lee – email@example.com
E.J. Lee has been married to her adventurous and sweet husband, Matthew, since December 18th, 2015. They live near The Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis. She graduated from Mankato East High School in 2011 and then from Minnesota State University in 2015 with a degree in Philosophy, Political Science and Economics. MNSU is where she met her husband – when they each were serving on the leadership team for the campus ministry, Navigators. She also played softball and tennis in college. She and Matthew are always up for a doubles match! E.J. served as the 7th-12th grade Youth Director at Hilltop UMC (Mankato) before coming to us here at BUMC to run our high school program. E.J. and Matthew work at Spero Academy in NE Minneapolis. She and Matthew love the outdoors, baseball, movies and spending quality time with their families and friends.
Office Administrator: Diana Pennington – firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana keeps everyone on track and seems to answer everybody’s questions! She can be reached in the church office weekdays at 763-561-1684 ext. 106 or by email.
Diana says: I joined the staff of BUMC in March of 1982 and love the people, staff & variety of responsibilities that I have here. Both my husband, Jere, & I grew up in Iowa and celebrated our 49th wedding anniversary in April of 2015. Our daughter, Alison, resides in Heaven since a car accident 11 years ago. Our son Bryan lives in Big Lake, and our daughter Andrea and her husband, Sam, live in Ramsey with our 5 grandchildren.
Annually my husband & I volunteer at YMCA Camp Menogyn preparing the camp for summer activities. I am a small group leader for Bible Study Fellowship, volunteer in the AWANA program, Care Team & First Impression Ministries at Edinbrook Church. When we’re not enjoying time with the grandchildren Jere & I enjoy hiking the north shore, boundary waters area, fishing and vacationing every other year in Hawaii.
Church & Membership Secretary: Mindy Klemm – email@example.com
She can be reached in the church office at 763-561-1684 ext.107 or by email.
I joined the staff in October of 2011 and was very excited to get the job because I love this church so much and wanted to do more for it. My faith has grown stronger working here & I’m enjoying the many new friends I’ve made.
I am a transplant from Nebraska! I graduated from UNL (Lincoln) in May of 1992 and moved to Minnesota that following August. I had visited here many times & loved the “scenery” so much that I wanted to make it my home. I married (at BUMC) my husband, Jeff, in 1999 and we have 2 sons, Caleb and Mason, both very involved in the youth programs here and they volunteer whenever they can.
I have had many jobs over the several years I’ve lived here but hope to retire from this one. When I’m not here (working or volunteering) I enjoy watching my kids play sports, volunteering at their school, scrap booking, taking pictures and cooking.