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Dr. Tom Smith

Senior Pastor

tsmith@middletownumc.org

Rev. Nancy Tinnell

Associate Pastor

ntinnell@middletownumc.org

Dale Mowery

Director of Music & Worship

dmowery@middletownumc.org

Worship Ministry

I came to Middletown UMC as Sr. Pastor in June of 2012. The path that brought me here took me across Kentucky, into Georgia, then back to KY. I have pastored churches of all sizes, every one of them filled with people who inspired, challenged and helped transform me into the person I am today.  I have been truly blessed.

   

Cathy and I married in 1979. We have two sons, Adam and Aaron. Aaron and his wife, Amanda, are the parents of our two granddaughters. Family is very important to me and I love to spend time with all of them.


I attended Kentucky Wesleyan College where I received my Bachelor of Arts degree.  I graduated there in 1986.  From there I moved to Georgia where I attended Emory University, Candler School of Theology for my Masters of Divinity.  It was in 2000 that I decided, for some crazy reason, that I should get a doctorate degree. In 2003 I received my Doctor of Ministry degree from Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.


I love to travel. I have made the pilgrimage to the Holy Land several times and love to take people there for the first time. My travels have included outrageous things like going fishing in the Amazon and traveling to Alaska in February to see the Northern Lights. 


I also like to play golf, which I do quite badly.  Cathy and I like to go to movies. I guess my two favorite movies would be Caddyshack and The Blues Brothers.


My favorite book of the Bible is the Gospel of Luke. My favorite theologian would be Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Currently I serve as Associate Pastor for Discipleship (missions, spiritual formation, and adult education).  I came to Middletown UMC in 1980 as the Minister of Music, but over time my ministry began to change from music/worship to spiritual formation ministries. The pivotal point was my 1997 ordination as a permanent deacon.  The Order of Deacons is a second clergy order in our denomination.


I earned B.M.ED. and M.M. degrees at the University of Louisville and did some theological study through United Theological Seminary.   Though I once sang praise, I now am privileged to speak my praise of Jesus Christ through teaching and preaching.  Being in ministry blesses me daily.


L.G. and I were married in 1983 right here at MUMC Our twin sons, Geoff and Jordan, were born in 1985 and baptized in this church.  L.G.’s daughter Claire and her husband Rob Warford were married here in 1996, and our son Jordan and his wife Jessica were married here in 2013. 


Listening to music of all kinds, film, and books are my favorite hobbies.  When there is time, I read and write poetry.  In recent years, I have developed an interest in the spiritual application of visual art.  It also has been a joy to plan several art and faith events, combining secular music and spiritually-themed readings  for public presentation.

I’ve been on staff at MUMC as the Director of Worship and Music since January 2009.  I’ve had the privilege of being in ministry since 1982 serving churches in Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia and Indiana.


I graduated from Asbury University in 1984 with a B. A. in Music Education.  Before that, I graduated from Shawnee Elementary & Middle School, Badertscher School of Driver’s Education (maybe the most important school I’ve attended), and Bluffton High School.  Since Asbury I’ve attended Auburn University where I studied Choral Conducting.  WAR EAGLE!  

I’m blessed to be married to the love of my life, Joanie (why she said “yes” I’ll never know but I am so thankful and blessed that she did).   We have 7 wonderful kids, 4 perfect grandchildren (2 more by the end of 2013), and 3 dogs.  Yes, Christmas time is great…expensive, but great!!


With 7 kids, 4 grandchildren and 3 dogs who has time for hobbies??!!!  Just sayin’.

 

My favorite story in the Bible is “Jesus Walks on the Water” found in Matthew 14:22-32.  “Then Peter got down out of the boat and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’  Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.  ‘You of little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’”  (vs. 29-31)

 

In essence I think Jesus is asking Peter, “Why did you take your eyes off of me and look at the waves?  Keep your focus on me and I will protect and guide you.”  In the last several years, “Keep the Focus” has become my personal motto.  I am so thankful to know that Jesus is right there to catch me…to catch us, when we take our eyes off of Him and become consumed by the waves of our circumstances.  We must keep our focus on Him and allow Him to lead us and to save us. 

Vernon Cherrix

Pianist

vcherrix@gmail.com

I will reach a milestone in 2014.  50 Years serving in music ministry with the last 18 years at Middletown United Methodist Church.


After receiving my Bachelor of Music Degree from Peabody Conservatory of the John Hopkins University, I served in the US Army.  Following my military service, I continued my studies at the School of Church Music at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary earning a Performance Certificate in Piano Performance & a Masters Degree with a double major in piano performance & church music.


Returning from teaching in Asia, I was accepted in Doctor of Musical Arts at the Cleveland Institute of music on a full tuition scholarship.  After a year there, I accepted a teaching position at Bluefield College, where Nancy Chung Chien, my student when I was teaching in Taiwan, & I were married.


We moved to Virginia Beach several years later where I acquired a Masters Degree in Teaching/Administration from Regent University.  Our sons, Josiah Lin & Simeon Lee were born there.  We returned to live & teach in Taiwan for several years, only to return to Louisville KY where I completed my doctoral studies at SBTS & taught in the music school of the University of Louisville, retiring in 2012.


It continues to be my pleasure to serve as pianist at Middletown, where I continue to have the support of both the choir & the congregation.

Mike Howser

Director of Communications

mhowser@middletownumc.org

Media Ministry

Upon leaving the United States Army and returning to Indianapolis in 1992, I entered the Army Reserves while beginning work in a bookstore.  Little did I know, that would be the start of a 20-year career in retail regional management and the place where I would meet my future family.  I came to Louisville in 1993 with my new wife Lisa and daughters Stephanie and Staci.  This was actually a return to Louisville for Lisa and the girls, who attended Middletown United Methodist Church in the late 80’s and early 90’s.


We were a “retail family”, Lisa being in management for Barnes & Noble and later on, Borders Bookstores, and myself on the road working for a variety of big-box and mall retailers from Gateway to FranklinCovey over most of the country east of the Rockies.  I also spent a great deal of time lending my computer technical skills along with sound, video, and light engineering to our church.  When our first grandson was born, Lisa took a step back from full-time management to be “Grammie” and last year, I had the opportunity to step sway from retail and begin serving His church full time.  I formed a company that provides technical and production support to churches and individuals that still operates today.  We knew this would be a step in the path, and we are so excited that God has opened the door to MUMC.


Lisa and I enjoy five grandchildren, Ben and Dylan to our daughter Stephanie and her husband Matt who live right here in Middletown, and Caitlyn, Taylor and Abby to our younger daughter Staci and her husband Zach who live in Boca Raton.  Besides spending time with the kids we enjoy going to the movies and dining out with friends.

Growing up in a musical family, I have been influenced by hearing and taking part in music all my life.  My Mother & Dad produced a weekly radio program on station WIEL in Elizabethtown, KY, called “Chapel of the Air” , on which my Mom and Dad sang gospel hymns as Mom accompanied on the organ, & Dad offered an inspiring word.  When I was  in elementary school, they had me read the local birth announcements.  I was involved in band for eight years, a ladies’ octet, a vocal and instrumental ensemble and was organist at my church at age 14-17.


IUpon completion of my Diploma in Nursing, and State Board Exams, I worked as a Registered Nurse in the Coronary-Intensive Care Unit at KY Baptist Hospital until 1977 when I was inspired to return to school to study music.  I was accepted with a music scholarship to Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY, and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music; Organ Performance.  While at GC, I was privileged to collaborate with a fellow student in writing the original score for a musical theatre production, “RAZZAMATAZZ” , for which he wrote book & lyrics.  It was performed two nights on campus for both students & faculty, to rave revues.  The head of the Theatre Department commented that it could play “off-Broadway”!


After GC, I returned to Nursing full-time, going to Baptist Hospital East in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit while working free-lance as organist in many Churches in Louisville, and southern Indiana.  I continued to study organ at UofL with Melvin Dickinson, & Ron Boud for piano.  Since then, I have taken part-time positions at several churches in the Louisville area, and came to MUMC in the fall of 2008 at the request of Dan Benjamin, then organist, to “help out in Handbell choir just for Christmas!” Well, I have been here ever since.  I began playing keyboard for the Praise Team, joined the  Worship Choir.  I feel that God put me in the right place at the right time to step into the organist position when it became vacant in November, 2010.


I hope I can always use the love of music God has given me.  I feel most fulfilled when I am making “a joyful noise” to the Lord.  I am so thankful for my MUMC family, and am blessed to be a part of such a caring and encouraging fellowship.  As J.S. Bach wrote at the end of each composition: “SOLI DEO GLORIA”, “To God alone be the Glory.”

Rebecca Decker

Organist

Jennie Pepoon

Business Administrator

jpepoon@middletownumc.org

Facilities

A long time ago, in a county not so far away…..begins my story.  My first home was in Centerfield, Kentucky in Oldham County.  My parents were serving at Mount Tabor United Methodist Church.  From the beginning, the church has played a significant role in my life.


As the PK (Pastor’s Kid), I was often asked to sit in committees and councils as the youth representative.  So from early on, I learned about the United Methodist Church from the inside-knowledge that later would be a blessing in my career.


It didn’t take long in college for me to figure out that the medical field and I were not going to get along well.  So, I switched to business and found a better fit.  Just as I began to contribute to the working world, I met my future husband, Dale, at a church potluck dinner.  (I told you the church had always been significant in my life!)  We just celebrated 30 years!!


Following graduation, Dale took an IT position in Florida where eventually our son, Josh, was born.  Our next move took us to Indiana and I began working for our church as their financial secretary.  That is when I discovered my ‘perfect fit’!  All of the church knowledge that I had acquired through the years was an asset every day.  In addition to Indiana, I have served churches in Ohio and Virginia. 


Throughout my career, I have personally witnessed God’s faithfulness.  When I was offered the position at Middletown UMC, it was an answer to prayer.   We are once again experiencing Kentucky and discovering all that the Louisville area has to offer – especially the food!!  We are also able to spend time with my parents and our son in the Greater Cincinnati area.


It is exciting to see God reaching the community through this congregation.   I look forward to experiencing the great things God has planned for us.

Rev. Scott Woodburn

Associate Pastor (Outreach)

swoodburn@middletownumc.org

I answered the call to full-time vocational ministry when I was 18 years old. I was born and raised in Sacramento…. Kentucky, a small town of 536 people, located 35 minutes south of Owensboro Kentucky.

 

I was skeptical about living in such a big city (coming from such a small town) but I’ve grown to love the city of Louisville.

 

I love meeting new people, watching sports (I bleed Blue), playing Golf, Corn-Hole, and Ping Pong. I love to watch movies, read, and play video games.

 

Follow me on Twitter @scoots208

Rev. Buddy Coleman

Pastor of Congregational Care

info@middletownumc.org

In the ministry of Congregational Care, we seek to bring the church to those unable to attend

worship services or other ministries in the church.  This goal is accomplished through prayer,

visitation in the home or hospital, sending greeting cards, weekly devotionals, & providing

help to those experiencing various needs in addition to support groups, transportation, etc. 


Additional service is provided as opportunities are made known.

I graduated from the University of Louisville (Go Cards!) with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.  Later, I attended Campbellsville University where I received my Associates Degree in Child Development.  


I have been married to Chris for 17 years and we have three awesome children; Kylie, Cassidy and Alex.  I am involved with my children's sports and enjoy watching them play field hockey, lacrosse and soccer.  I also love and adore my dog Barkley!


I have taught preschool for over nine years with the last two as a teacher here at MUMP.  I knew after my first day of teaching here, that this is where I am supposed to be.  I believe that God brought me here because he has a bigger plan for me. 

Kyle Carden

Associate Director of Youth Ministries

Youth Ministry

Music has always been my best expressive context.  I’ve been playing piano since I was six and participated in worship groups from high school on.  I’ve had the opportunity to lead and learn from several worship teams over the years, most notably five years at High Street UMC in Muncie, IN.  I am thrilled to be have found another dynamic and loving congregation in Middletown UMC to share and grow with and look forward to where God is leading us every week!


My passion beyond music is for connecting with and understanding people.  I graduated from Ball State University in Muncie, IN in 2007 with a bachelors in Psychology, specializing in Developmental Studies and Counseling.  My hope is to always be a reflection of Christ’s love to the world and to provide an outlet for others who want to serve and develop their musical talents to find their own expression of worship.

 

When I’m not frolicking about the Connection Center, I spend my days wrangling my two boys: Kaemon and Callister, alongside my wife Desire’.  Much of our time is spent on playgrounds or watching cartoons, but when I can, I love to read, grill, fence, watch movies, and play all manner of games. 

Eric Wuertemberger

Ignite Worship Leader

Eric Wuertemberger

I have been married for 44 years this May 10th to a wonderful husband named Bob and have two beautiful daughters.  Amy is living in Cincinnati, Ohio and is a naturalist in charge of Woodland Mound Park in the Anderson area that overlooks the Ohio River. One of her jobs is teaching children all about the wonders of nature. She graduated Cum Laude from Florida Southern University with a double major in Biology and Criminology. Carrie is the Lead Two’s Teacher at the Child Development Center. She attended Wilmington College and Criminology was her major, but she discovered that she loves teaching young children.  Carrie also assist me in the office in the afternoons. She is the mother of my three grandchildren, Peyton, Camryn and Rylee. All three have attended the CDC.  Rylee is in the Three’s class.  I love children, nature, books, music, cooking and being with my family.


My objectives personally are the education of children in a Christian environment and teaching in ways to prepare children for the future. I have always known God wanted me to teach children in a Christian setting. He has always opened doors for me and my family. When I was looking for a job in the Louisville area, I checked the local Sunday paper ads and the first ad that I seen was the one for the Middletown United Methodist Child Development Center for Lead Teacher in the Pre-K room. When I called the director, Debbie Snow, informed me that she was relocating to another city in Indiana the very same time that I was relocating here to Louisville!


For 14 wonderful years I have been the Director of the CDC and consider our school to be a ministry to my church, Middletown United Methodist.  The CDC is providing a loving Christian foundation the children’s future lives are built upon.


My dream is to live happily ever after with my family and friends near me and to ALWAYS be close to God (hopefully in Naples, Florida)

Desire’ Wuertemberger

Associate Director of Children’s Ministries

Children’s Ministry

Kyle serves the students of Middletown United Methodist Church part-time while also working as a full-time Math and P.E. teacher at Summit Academy.


Kyle loves working with the students, having a desire to mentor and build relationships with them in fun ways. He moved to Kentucky from California to play baseball for the University of Louisville, where he met his wife Carrie.  Kyle faithfully serves all of the students in 6-12 grades, but especially works with middle school students on Sunday evenings during Grapple.


He also plans outings and crazy activities for Weekend Wednesdays.

Lynelle Tarleton

Administration Assistant

ltarleton@middletownumc.org

Serving Ministries

After ten years spent in the heart of Pittsburgh, I’ve recently packed my bags and left behind the exciting city of professional sports, flowing rivers, constantly evolving culture, and motion-sickness-inducing hills, to land here in Kentucky!  After an eight and a half year stint in Logistics/Supply Chain Management, I prayed and prayed for God to open a new door in my life; something I could love, a place that would feel like home, filled with people I could call family.  (I wasn’t asking for much, right?)  When I walked through the doors here at MUMC, I knew this is where I wanted to be.  A place filled with laughter, strong people of faith, a congregation full of authentic love and friendship, and so much more than I could have possibly thought to ask for.  That God, He really knows a heart!

 

Being a Pittsburgh native, I was born to bleed Black and Gold!  I absolutely love hockey and going to baseball games (purely for the nostalgia and eating hotdogs and ice-cream with jimmies).  And while before I was allowed to enter the state of Kentucky I had to declare my allegiance to the UK Wildcats, you will, I’m sure, be very sad to learn to that 1.) I had my fingers crossed, and 2) I am a UNC Tar Heels fan.  If I’m not sporting Black and Gold, it’s Carolina Blue. Don’t worry though, we will come together in mutual rivalry against Duke!

 

I live to be outside.  I enjoy hiking, running, kayaking, gardening, you name it.  I am also a huge nerd and spend a lot of time with my nose in a book, far away in another land.  My life goal is to have a library like Belle in “Beauty and the Beast”.  I have a deep love of music!  Whether singing, playing, teaching, or simply listening, music is, at the very core, who I am.  I am also an avid crafter.  I will have to admit that I don’t sit still very well and the creative world is appealing in that the imagination is endless.

 

Stop in any time to visit me and share your life stories, books you’ve read, crafts you’ve made, adventures you’ve taken.  I look forward to getting to know the faithful people of MUMC and building great relationships!

Beanie Geoghegan

Youth Ministries

Youth Ministry

When I "retired" from teaching (4th& 5th grade) after our second son was born, I spent the next decade focused on raising our four children.  As my children got older, I found myself drawn back into working with young people.  I have been substitute teaching for the past three years as well as working with the youth at our church on a volunteer basis.  I have served as a chaplain for FCA at North Oldham High School with the girls cross-country and track teams since last fall.  I also helped get an FCA started at Hite Elementary last year. 

 

I truly love spending time with the youth.  Their example of friendship, kindness, and joy is an encouragement to me each week.  I am honored to serve in this interim position and I am looking forward to planning and implementing programs that will enable the students to grow in their faith as well as in their relationships here at MUMC. 

Mona Walker

Director of Children’s Ministries

Children’s Ministry

God called me to serve in spiritual formation in the local church almost 34 years ago, however, God called me to lead, teach, and love children long before then!  Children are a joy and a blessing and I love to help them learn and grow in their faith. 

I am an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and have served churches in Iowa, Illinois, and Tennessee.  I received my Master of Christian Education degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois.  My BA is in elementary education.

My husband, Ken, and I met at Wesley Foundation at the University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and were married in 1979.  We have two grown daughters.  Melissa, and her husband, Matt, live in western Washington State and have a six-year-old daughter, Madelyn, and a three-month-old son, Marcus.  Kimberly and her husband, Joe, live south of Chicago with their cat, Elphie Lawrence.  Ken and I currently have two cats, Penuche and Oreo.

I was born and raised on a farm in Iowa.  I like college football (Go, Hawkeyes!) and the Chicago Cubs (This IS the year!).  Ken and I enjoy exploring new places together, reading, spending time with our family, cooking, and playing card and board games.  Ken has degrees in graphic arts and elementary education.  He is currently a care provider for elderly persons so they may stay in their homes.

My favorite Scriptures are Philippians 4:4-7 and John 14.  It fills my heart and is comforting to know I may take anything to the Lord and that He is making sure I have a home with Him someday.

I look forward to serving alongside you at MUMC!