Reverend Monique-Cheri Pierre
Reverend Monique-Cheri Pierre We welcomed our new pastor, Rev. Monique-Cheri Pierre, July 1, 2014. A native of Petaluma with family roots in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa,she says moving to Forestville has a “sweet sense of coming back home to Sonoma County”. Pastor Pierre comes to Forestville with more than 20 years experience helping churches grow in their trust in God and their love for others. She is committed to continuing the church’s community involvement.
Before coming to Forestville, Pastor Pierre, served 10 years as pastor of Willits United Methodist Church in Mendocino County and most recently spent 4 years in Northeastern Nevada serving churches in Elko and Carlin, Nevada. Pastor Pierre received her B.A. degree in Modern Dance at Lone Mountain College in San Francisco and received her Master of Divinity degree (M.Div) at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary near Chicago, Illinois. Her first two churches were brand new churches meeting in rented space. She says, “You can count on her to think outside the “religious” box and get to the heart of the matter – which is all about you and I growing in love for one another”
Board of Trustees Chair
Neil Yeager is currently the Chairperson for the FUMC Board of Trustees; Music Director for the Bell Choir; Sings in the Chancel Choir, Joyful Noise and plays the flute; Member of the Fellowship Committee; and part of the Technology Team. He participates in such activities as: The Variety Show, Madrigal Dinner, Tea and Classics, Sock Hop, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, Vacation Bible School, and Kinder-Gym.
Church Council and Fellowship Committee Chair
Mike Mortensson, has been attending FUMC since 1984 and has been a member since 1989. He has been active in many leadership roles over the years. Raised in the Congregational Church, Mike became a Methodist when he met his wife Joan who was raised in FUMC. Mike has been Church Council Chair for since 2012. He is also Chair of the church’s Fellowship Committee. Mike graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS degree in Forestry and spent 16 years with the US Forest Service on National Forests in Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and California. In 1981 he started a new career in Association Management at the Sea Ranch Association. Mike retired in 2014 after serving the past 24 years as Executive Director of the California Groundwater Association . Joan and Mike live on the farm where she was born and raised and they both enjoy gardening, travel, music, mystery books and church activities.
Finance Committee Chair
Denise Wood a resident of Sonoma County since 1977, became a member of Forestville UMC in 2008 and has been serving as Finance Chair since January 2010. She graduated from Sonoma State College with a BA in Small Business Management and Accounting, has volunteered on the local School Board’s Budget Advisory Committee, and played an active role in several fundraising events. She has enjoyed a 29 year career working at a local jewelry manufacturing company where she currently serves as General Manager. She and her husband of 28 years enjoy singing in the Chancel Choir, participating in clean up days, the Variety Show and other Fellowship activities at the church
Food Closet Co-Chair
Ken Jones is a graduate of Chico State University where he also received his Teaching Credential. He is a retired educator with more than thirty-four years of experience and eight years working for the California State Teachers Retirement System.
His volunteer efforts for the FUMC Food Closet provides an opportunity to serve the community. Two Mondays a month nutritious food is provided for up to seventy-two Forestville families. Ken very much enjoys visiting with the people, and it makes him happy to be able to support them. Participation in “Monday Church” allows him to be a part of the extended “family of God.”
Staff Parish Relations Committee Chair
Kim Reeves attended Brigham Young University.
Currently retired, she has worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Vice President of Land O’Lakes, the President of the Minnesota Foundation and as a Project Manager for an Internet Start-up.
Kim has been a member of the Forestville United Methodist Church since childhood; has sung in the Chancel Choir and Joyful Noise. At one time she was the church Treasurer and is currently also the Recording Secretary for the Church Council as well as the Website editor.
She has two adult children, Christopher and Laura, and has been married to Chan Castleberry since 2007. Kim and Chan enjoy gardening, travel, family and good friends. Kim loves to read and her choices include a wide variety of genres.
United Methodist Men
Chan Castleberry has been a member of the church since 1952 when he was in the 5th grade.
Chan graduated from San Francisco State University with a teaching credential and a Master’s Degree in Physical Education.
He taught mathematics and physical education, coached football and track at El Molino High School for 36 years.
His duties at Forestville United Methodist Church have consisted of being a Lay Leader, Church Council Chair, United Methodist Men Chair and Lay Speaker. Chan has been a volunteer at the Food Closet since it’s inception.
Chan raised two daughters in the church and married his current wife, Kim, in the church in 2007.
Reverend Monique-Cheri Pierre
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