UUMC Leadership

Pastor Melanie Carey

Rev. Melanie Lee Carey was born in Hartford, Connecticut and made her way to Michigan when her father was transferred to the Midwest with his company. She graduated from Chelsea High School and earned a B.A. in Spanish from Kalamazoo College. During her childhood years, her parents hosted seven exchange students from countries all over the world. Rev. Carey was an exchange student herself to Cartagena, Colombia in 1982. During college, Rev. Carey lived in Spain, Costa Rica, and in El Paso, Texas where she worked with Central American refugees at Annunciation House, which was founded by Mother Teresa. Rev. Carey graduated from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York in 1991 with a Masters in Divinity and was ordained as an Elder in The United Methodist Church in 1993.

Rev. Carey is the co-author of Pentecost Journey, a training manual for non-Latino local churches who wish to reach out in ministry to the Latino communities around them. Fluent in Spanish, she has served as a facilitator and consultant for the National Plan for Hispanic Latino Ministries of the United Methodist Church and helped to establish Justice For Neighbors (JFON) in the former Detroit Conference. JFON provides free, high-quality immigration legal services for those in need. Rev. Carey was elected as one of the Detroit Annual Conference clergy delegates to General and Jurisdictional Conferences in 2012, 2016, and 2019. She has served in various leadership roles in the Michigan Conference and is a past recipient of the John L. Buxton Award for Creative Leadership, as well as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Justice Award from the Detroit Renaissance District. Currently, she is a consultant for local churches in the Simplified Accountable Structure (SAS) for Missional Effectiveness.

Rev. Carey has served the following churches as pastor: Hudson First, Livonia Newburg (as associate pastor), and Ypsilanti First. She also served as District Superintendent of the Detroit Renaissance District and as Clergy Assistant to the Bishop for the Michigan Area of the United Methodist Church. Since July of 2016, Rev. Carey has been serving as the lead pastor of Nardin Park United Methodist Church in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

Rev. Carey is passionate about helping local churches to develop and implement a strategic vision for ministry. She cares deeply about increasing local church vitality and relevance to today’s changing demographics through cultivating effective leaders for ministries and helping churches reach out to their surrounding community in service and witness for Jesus Christ.

Rev. Carey is married to Jon Carey, a legal aid attorney. Together they are the parents of Nick and Grace Carey. In July of 2021, they celebrated the wedding of their son, Nick, and his wife, Casey.

In her spare time, Rev. Carey enjoys reading, watching movies, scrapbooking, card making, and spending time with friends and family.

Rev. James “Jim” Magee

Rev. Magee is the Executive Director and Campus Minister for the Wesley Foundation at MSU. Having joined the team in July of 2020, he is looking forward to helping the Wesley Foundation grow through new activities and outreach. You can reach him at msuwesley@gmail.com.

Lay Leadership

Policy Governance Board

As our primary leadership team, the board works with the pastor and staff to ensure the church carries out its mission and vision responsibly. The board makes policies for the church, ensures alignment of ministry areas with our mission and vision, and provides planning and goal-setting to help the church meet strategic objectives.

Board of Trustees

The board is responsible for oversight of our building and grounds. Members ensure our facility is well maintained, clean, and accessible.

Finance Committee

The committee is responsible for the care of our financial resources. Members coordinate annual fund-raising campaigns and ensure donations are properly recorded and allocated according to the wishes of the giver. The committee also keeps detailed records of UUMC financial transactions and conducts an annual audit of the church’s finances.

Staff-Parish Relations Committee

SPRC is responsible for staffing our church to ensure we can effectively carry out our mission in the community and as a part of the global church. SPRC members support the UUMC staff and provide staff supervision and direction as needed.

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