• Rev. Mary McInnes - Lead Pastor

    Rev. Mary McInnes became lead pastor at FUMC in July 2017. She preaches, leads worship, provides pastoral care, and supervises the work of the church as a whole, helping the congregation fulfill its mission.  In her free time, Mary enjoys kayaking, spending time with friends, painting, & scrapbooking.  Mary is married to Damon and they have two grown children, Ben & Madeline, and two daughters still living at home, Eleanor & Heather Shipley.  Contact Rev. Mary at RevMaryMcInnes@att.net.

  • Rev. Kenny Walkup - Associate Pastor

    Kenny became a Licensed Local Pastor in November 2015 and feels blessed to be appointed to his home church, SLFUMC.  His primary responsibilities are oversight of the Ignite service, preaching of sermons, conducting home and hospital visits, and overseeing lay pastoral care volunteers.  He and his wife, Michelle, and daughter, Jordyn, live in South Lyon.  Kenny's hobbies include hiking, fishing, riding roller coasters, and cheering on the Tigers and Lions.  Contact Kenny at kennywalkup@gmail.com or 248-361-6658.

  • Heath Whitehead - Education and Youth Ministries

    Heath Whitehead has been Director of Education and Youth Ministries since 2011. His responsibilities are to plan and implement all educational programming for children & youth.  He and his wife, Sydnee, live with their children London, Luco, Hawkins, Haerin, and Booker in a house that his grandfather built in Byron. A songwriter and children’s entertainer, he has several music CDs to his credit, including Seriously Silly and My Grandfather’s Songs. He also enjoys reading, writing novels, and playing his guitar. Contact Heath at whiteheadheath@sbcglobal.net.

  • David Bassin - Director of Music Ministries

    David Bassin, Director of Music, has served FUMC since 2003. In addition to playing the organ and piano at most services, he directs the Chancel Choir and Celebration Ringers and coordinates special music for summer and seasonal services. He also teaches music at AGS Middle School in Fenton. David earned his Masters of Music in Keyboard Performance from the University of Michigan in 2004 and has arranged music for choir and bells. He and his wife, Fallon, live in Highland with their son, Gavin, and daughter, Avery.  When he’s not working, he enjoys nature walks and home improvement. Contact David at drbassin@yahoo.com .

  • Aynsley Fant - Praise Band Leader

    Aynsley Fant joined the FUMC staff in February 2017 as the Praise Band Leader.  Aynsley got her B.M.A. in Music from U of M School of Music with a major in jazz studies.   She spent two years doing mission work in Eastern Europe with SOZO International. She has led worship with prisoners, the homeless, single moms, and residents of assisted living and Alzheimer’s facilities.  Aynsley also has extensive experience as an actor, a soloist, and a vocal coach.  She and her husband, Jeff, live in Ann Arbor and have an infant daughter, Delia.  Contact Aynsley at aynsleyfant@att.net

  • Michelle Walkup - Administrative Assistant for Communications

    Michelle Walkup, Administrative Assistant for Communications, has been on staff since 2005.  She creates our weekly bulletins and projections and manages the church's calendar and website.  Also the Financial Secretary, Michelle keeps track of donations to the church and assists the Stewardship Team and Finance Team.  Michelle has served the church in many capacities, including playing flute and handbells and operating the soundboard. She and her husband, Kenny, and daughter, Jordyn, have lived in South Lyon since 1998. She’s a fanatical baseball fan and has even played the infield with her father at Detroit Tiger Fantasy Camp. Contact Michelle at walkupm@sbcglobal.net.

  • Paul Cogger - Administrative Assistant for Membership

    Paul joined the staff in July 2014, bringing computer skills, a love of people, and a wealth of experience in the United Methodist Church to his role. He maintains the church database and church membership records, welcomes guests, and answers phones. He grew up in South Lyon and has worked as a band director, youth minister, and Director of Camping & Facility Development. He enjoys singing and playing the organ. Contact Paul at paulcogger@sbcglobal.net.

  • Lindy Juergens - Treasurer

    Lindy joined the staff in March 2015, bringing a wealth of financial experience to her role. Her job includes accounts payable, payroll, taxes, and financial reporting to the Finance Team.  Lindy has been active in many roles at FUMC, including Finance Chair, Church Council Chair, VBS Director, & Joanna Circle. She has been active in the Girl Scouts and currently is the Housing Resource Director & chairperson for the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.  Lindy is married to Dave Kehoe and has 2 adult children, Katherine & Connor. Contact Lindy at juergens.lindy@sbcglobal.net.   

  • Molly Klemens - Assistant Treasurer

    Molly joined the staff in 2016 as an assistant treasurer.  Her role is to serve as a backup when the treasurer is absent, including accounts payable, payroll, taxes, and financial reporting to the Finance Team.  Molly is married and has 2 sons.  She is a talented soprano in the Chancel Choir and is an active member of the Finance Team .  Contact Molly at MillieMac1@aol.com.     

  • Lori Carey - Nursery Director

    Lori Carey, Nursery Director, has been caring for children in the church nursery since 2006. She recruits, schedules, and oversees volunteers in the church nursery for worship services, classes, rehearsals, and special events. She and her husband, Jim, have two sons, MacGregor and Josiah. Lori is a native Yooper, growing up in Negaunee, studied Political Science in college, and has traveled to England, Russia, and the Ukraine.  She enjoys reading, photography, sewing, crossword puzzles, and scuba diving. Contact Lori at careylori@hotmail.com.

  • Janis Norton - Custodian

    Janis Norton, our church custodian, is the longest-serving staff member, having come on board in 2000. Visitors and members often comment on how clean the church is!  She has lived in South Lyon or New Hudson almost all of her life and knows many long-time members of the church and community.  Married to Danny, she is the proud mother of Jennifer and Joy and the proud grandmother of Bruce. In her free time, she bowls, takes walks, rides her bike, and reads. Contact Janis at janisnorton@att.net.





    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. – Hebrews 12:1-2