Rev. Larry Wik | Senior Pastor | 248.693.6201 x203 | email@example.com
Larry grew up in Farmington, MI and received his Bachelors in Music at Wayne State University. He attended seminary at Candler School of Theology, in Atlanta, and has been serving in ministry since 1994. He joined Lake Orion United Methodist Church after serving as pastor of the Manchester United Methodist Church for the past seven years.
Larry's family includes his wife Jennifer and their three children James, Aaron, and Sarah.
Rev. John Ball | Associate Pastor | 248.693.6201 x207 | firstname.lastname@example.org
John grew up in a small rural farming community, just east of Saginaw called Reese, Michigan. He spent his high school and college years working for the Zehnder family as a waiter at Zehnder's of Frankenmuth. (Yes, he wore the uniforms which included knickers, white blouses and lederhosen). He graduated from Ferris State University with an Associate's degree in Tool Design and then University of Michigan with a dual bachelor degree in Marketing and Sociology. He continues to be a die-hard Wolverine fan. John attended Asbury Theological Seminary where he graduated with his Master's Degree in Divinity. John has served as a pastor in Mayville and Brighton prior to arriving at Lake Orion UMC. John is honored to share his life with his wife Cyndi since 1995 and with his two boys (Dylan and Braeden).
Dawn Ames | Family Ministries Director | 248.693.6201 x210 | email@example.com
Dawn is originally from Sterling Heights, moving to Lake Orion in 2001. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Family Life and Human Sexuality. She has been married to her husband, Mike, since 2000. She has been a member of Lake Orion United Methodist Church since 2007 and became part of the staff in January 2016. Dawn has five children (Hannah, Owen, Olivia, Julia, and Seth), two Great Danes (Storm and Louie), and the newest pup Axle, and three cats (Ariel, Aurora, and Jasmine.)
Janice Hammond | Music Director 248.693.6201 x208 | Janice.Hammond@LOUMC.org
Janice joined our staff in 2015 and grew up in Lake Orion attending this church (her grandparents were married here in 1917). She attended Albion College and earned a degree in Vocal Music Education followed by a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance at Oakland University. Janice then was awarded a Doctorate of Music in Vocal Performance from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. She stayed at Indiana University and taught for ten years. After a move, she sang with the Cincinnati Opera Chorus and taught through their Educational Outreach program. Janice lives with her husband Ray and their youngest daughter Olivia. Their son Dennis lives in Florida with his wife Aly and their daughter Rowan.
Pat Matthews | Administrative Assistant | 248.693.6201 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pat is a retired officer of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where she served our country around the world. Pat retired in 2017 to spend time with her family in Oxford including her son, Jim, daughter-in-law, Jill, and two granddaughters, Sydney and Ella, along with Pat’s sister, Elaine and her family. Pat’s family all moved to the area 20+ years ago when they were campers at the DSC Campgrounds on Oakwood Road in Oxford. Pat grew up on the east side of Detroit. She has had a varied career working in offices for over 50 years. She’s worked for the Clarkston, Waterford and Madison Heights school districts, in the advertising field, the automotive industry, in catering, retail and even at the Detroit Zoo. She has lived and worked on both the east and west coasts. She was a member of the Murrieta United Methodist Church in California, as well as attending St. Thomas UMC in Manassas, Virginia. If there is anything in an office that needs to be done, Pat probably knows how to do it. Pat lives in Oxford with her two Chocolate Labs, Baylee and KC. In her free time, Pat loves hanging out with family and spending time reading, on her computer, and gardening.
Cristie Tyrrell | Accompanist
Cristie has been playing the piano since she was eight years old. She first started as the Accompanist at LOUMC when she was in the eighth grade. She states that her favorite part of the work at LOUMC is the people she works with. Cristie works for Lake Orion High School as their full-time Accompanist during the week.
Jeri Melton | Nursery Director
Jeri has been a member of LOUMC for about forty years and has been Nursery Director for thirty seven years. She has a wall of photos from many of her past and present nursery attendees. Several children have grown up in Lake Orion and stayed in the church so that Jeri takes care of their children! When asked what her favorite part of the job is she states, "I love watching the children grow and develop".