First United Methodist Church Westfield

Staff

 

Rev. Dr. David C. Mertz – Senior Pastor

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David was born in southern California and moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey with his family when his father was transferred East. He attended Carleton College in Minnesota for his undergraduate work, Union Theological Seminary in NYC for seminary, and Luther Seminary in St. Paul for his Doctor of Ministry. In addition to parish ministry, David has worked in a law firm in Washington, DC, and as a fundraiser at several academic institutions. He also spent a year as a hospital chaplain. David has served at churches in Minnesota, Texas, and New Jersey before coming to Westfield in 2011.

He is married to Nancy J. Duff, an ordained Presbyterian and a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, and the two of them have two adult children, McKinley and Adam. He also plays the guitar.

 

Rev. Su Iliff – Associate Pastor

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Rev. Susan Iliff (Su) is currently appointed (1/4 time) as Associate Pastor to FUMC and has been a member of FUMC’s staff since September 2008. Su’s primary responsibilities include provision of pastoral care, coordination of adult faith development activities, small group ministry, and supports FUMC’s worship, mission, and outreach activities. She loves the joys and challenges of preaching, planning, and leading meaningful worship and participates in the Sanctuary and Hand Bell choirs. Su has served in churches, formally and informally, for several decades, and is commissioned as a provisional Deacon in the Greater New Jersey Annual Conference. She has completed several units of Clinical Pastoral Education and is currently appointed to serve in the Pastoral Care Department at Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ.

Most of Su’s education, in Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, was completed at two of the midwest’s Big 10 schools: Purdue University and the University of Michigan. She received a M.Div degree from Drew University in Madison, NJ in May 2010. Su has two adult children, a daughter MacKenzie and a son Tristan, and a grand-dog named Mango. Mountain climbing, tennis, and biking are outdoor activities which Su enjoys (although she found it easier to find mountains to climb while previously living in the Pacific Northwest). Su loves music and is a member of The Starlite Chorale.

 

Jonathan Evers – Music Director

music@fumcwestfield.org

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Jonathan Evers is the Director of Music at the First United Methodist Church of Westfield and an active freelance keyboardist. He studied Organ Performance at Montclair State University, under the mentorship of Renée Anne Louprette and Vincent Carr. Along with organ performance, he spent two years studying alternative tuning systems and microtonal composition with the late Dean Drummond. Mr. Evers has performed in masterclasses for some of the great organists of our time, such as Olivier Latry, Daniel Roth, David Briggs, Dame Gillian Weir, Judith Hancock, including summer studies with Hans Ola-Ericsson at Mcgill University. He has been awarded with first prize in the NJMEA’s Young Composer’s Competition, and second prize in the NJ American Guild of Organists competition.

Along side his classical studies, Jonathan has spent much time working with artists from the local jazz, R&B, and gospel scenes. He regularly tours and records with artists from the tri-state area.

 

Marcee Rogers – Children’s Program Coordinator

 

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Marcee Rogers uses her wide variety of skills and experiences to design fellowship and faith development programs to meet the needs of children and families in our congregation and community. While she is a midwestern girl at heart, having been born in Michigan and growing up in Indiana, Marcee has been living in New Jersey since going to college at Drew University where she earned a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a minor in Arts Administration. She met her husband, Tim, while working for a performing arts venue in Newark. They married in September of 1993 and have three wonderful children: Patrick, Emma and Suzanna.

In addition to working with FUMC, Marcee is a preschool teacher at Calvary Nursery School and Childcare Center in Cranford and an avid volunteer with Girl Scouts. She is a life long Methodist with a very diverse ecumenical background, having family members from a wide variety of Christian traditions. This experience has driven home an understanding that God loves all in spite of our failings and weaknesses and inspires her to demonstrate God’s love to each person she encounters. Traveling, theatre, music, cooking and reading are some of the ways that she likes to spend her free time – when she has it.

 

Kylie Haskins – Youth Coordinator

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Kylie grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with degrees in Psychology and Religion (Go Gators!). She met her husband, Kenneth, at the Methodist campus ministry at UF. They were married in July of 2016 and moved to Jersey City shortly afterward. Kylie has been working in youth ministry since 2012 and swears she has the greatest job in the world (which is true). She loves coffee, Harry Potter, Disney, and most of all Jesus.

 

Melissa Romelli – Director of Wesley Hall

director@wesleyhall.org

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Melissa Romelli – Director of Wesley Hall

 

Susan Granski – Administrative Secretary

office@fumcwestfield.org

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Susan Granski is the Church Administrative Secretary. Susan is responsible for keeping the administrative engine of the church running smoothly. She carries out all of the duties implicit in her title and many more. Her voice is the first that most people hear when they contact FUMC. Her graciousness is welcoming and her breadth of knowledge amazing.

Susan is the communication hub of FUMC, bearing responsibility as she does for the weekly worship bulletin, the monthly newsletter, the bulletin boards, and last but not least, the annual report generated by the church. She keeps the church calendar current, maintains the church membership data base, and produces and maintains the church membership directory.

In spite of her many other responsibilities, Susan is always there to help! She designs and makes posters advertising internal church events, designs and makes name tags for meetings, and the list goes on. Every committee in the church has benefited from her willingness and expertise!