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Reverend Grace Imathiu

Lead Pastor
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Rev. Grace Imathiu, Community UMC’s lead pastor, was born and raised in Kenya and has one brother and three sisters. Her father is a retired Bishop of the Methodist Church in Kenya and received the 2005 World Methodist Council Peace Award for confronting Idi Amin’s regime and South Africa’s apartheid system. Her mother, a retired teacher, is a Local Preacher and has served in many leadership roles in the church.

Grace was educated in Kenya, the USA (Methodist Theological School in Ohio and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee), the University of Cambridge, and spent a year at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was ordained in the Methodist Church in Kenya in 1988 and served six years in Kenya, and has since served in Washington, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

Grace is married to writer and science photographer David Hay Jones. They have one son, 14-year-old Erik, and a dog named Jack. David and Erik are devoted skiers. Grace and Jack do not ski.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1007.

Reverend Tom Rawlinson

Associate Pastor
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Pastor Tom comes to us from New Hope Chicago.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1008.

Chris Garofalo

Director of Music Ministry & Organist
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Chris earned a Bachelor of Music from Elmhurst College and a Master of Music from Manhattan School of Music. He comes to us after serving 27 years as the Director of Music at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale. Chris was on the music faculty at Elmhurst College and currently teaches piano for all levels.

In this part-time role, Chris will share his extensive music knowledge and skills as he works closely with our pastors to expand and provide leadership for the music programs of Community UMC.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1006.

Beth Hagemeyer

Director of Children's Ministry
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Beth brings her degree in Elementary Education and experience as an elementary school teacher and library learning center director to Community UMC’s children’s ministry. She has written the curriculum for and been a leader in our Children’s Church services. Beth is a former SPRC chair.

In this part-time role Beth creates and leads opportunities for children to learn about who God is as they develop their faith.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1004.

Kyle Markwell

OnCenter Music Director
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Kyle has been a part of CUMC since before he was born!  He studied music performance at Joliet Junior College and Illinois State University and is a drum set instructor at Clarendon Hills Music Academy. Kyle played with the OnCenter band for more than 10 years and now comes to us from serving as a freelance musician at the Union Church of Hinsdale. In this role, working closely with Pastors Leo and Grace, Kyle will coordinate the musical components of the OnCenter worship service.

Adam Michael

Director of Youth Ministry
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Adam is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) where he is in the beginning stages of seeking ordination into Word and Sacrament ministry in order of fulfilling his call to ministry as a Youth Pastor and Clinical Psychologist.  Adam earned his degree in Theology and Political Science from Valparaiso University and has completed his first year of his Masters of Divinity and intends to start PsyD program next fall.

A United States veteran who served four years in the Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 2010, Adam has been serving as the seminarian and youth volunteer at Trinity Lutheran, his home church in Valparaiso, Indiana. In addition, over the past 3 years, Adam has been very active in his community with a local PADS program.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1005.

Dawn Roth

Coordinator of Christian Education
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Dawn has been a member of Community UMC since 2000 and has worked with our Son-Light Sunday School class since 2008. She retired last year after 33 years with the Illinois Toll Highway Authority where she served for over 20 years as the Customer Relations Coordinator. In this part-time support role, Dawn will use her strong organization and administrative skills to facilitate the work of our Christian Education leaders, Sunday School teachers, and Children’s Church volunteers.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, extension 1003.

Suzanne Wills

Administrative Assistant
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Suzanne Wills is Community UMC’s Administrative Assistant.  Suzanne originally hails from Dublin, Ireland; she moved to the States in 1992.  She has over 25 years experience as an office administrator and over 20 years as a graphic designer.  Suzanne is active in Community Players, Kairos, and the OnCenter band.  She is absolutely thrilled to be on staff at Community UMC, which she has called her church home since 1993.  Her office hours are 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday.

Office phone: 630 355 1483, ext 1000.