Mark Thompson


Pastor Mark Thompson is an ordained Elder of The United Methodist Church, West Michigan Conference. His passion is for social justice that brings about equity for all of creation. This is reflected in his sermons, bible studies, and leadership. His warm personality along with his whit adds to the hospitality found at Central.

His is the father of 3 adult children and their significant others and has one grandson.



image of Bill AmundsenReverend Bill Amundsen

Minister of Spiritual Formation

A retired pastor, Bill Amundsen has led significant churches with great distinction. He is also currently a representative of MICAP (Michigan Council on Alcohol Problems) and the leader of two significant adult study groups, most notably Vespers, a progressive Christian discussion group that meets on Sunday nights at 5:30. Central is blessed to have Bill and his wife Cathy’s ministry here at Central.




image of Patricia MortPatricia Mort

Administration Secretary

After retiring from the State of Michigan, Pat began working at Central in 2001. A third-generation Central member, she enjoys giving back to her “home” church, travel, reading, and being with family and friends.





image of Caryn WelterCaryn Welter

Director of Music Ministries & Organist

Caryn is an important member of the greater Lansing music community. She has been the organist in area churches for many years. She is a highly skilled musician, organist and pianist, Caryn is also a true minister of music, who brings warmth, compassion, and deep faith to her artistry.





image of Joi TenantJoi Tennant

Life Group Coordinator

Joi Tennant and her husband Bill are long time members of Central UMC. They bring great passion and commitment to faith development for all ages in all kinds of ways: through teaching the arts, music, and service. Joi is a gifted educator and a deeply faithful prayer warrior. Pictured here with Nona Bartley (left) in Mary Sabina Chapel, together they pray weekly for our prayer list and for our church. Joi leads a great volunteer staff, who offers an outstanding Christian education for children, youth, and adults.



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Bruce Newton

Facility Manager

Bruce has been the Facilities Manager at CUMC since 2009. He brings over 31 years of experience in Facilities Management of large churches. He meets the challenge of preserving the beauty of our church’s historical and architectural heritage while restoring the facility to meet the needs of today. Bruce says, “I am challenged to help restore this great building, but also am reminded that it is a building. The people are the true church. I am pleased to be a part of the CUMC staff.”



image of Stephanie RaveStephanie Rave

Bookkeeper & Financial Secretary

Stephanie was raised in Sioux Falls, SD. She has a B.S degree in Secondary Education from Northern State College in Aberdeen, SD and a Masters in Business Education from MSU. She taught for 31 years for the Lansing School District. Stephanie loves to play golf, Mah Jong, and travel. Her family consists of two cats and one dog, her mother, two brothers and lots of nieces, nephews, and cousins.



Renee HallRenee Hall

Web Master

Renee has extensive experience in website development and design and marketing.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies,a Bachelor’s Degree in English, and a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling all from Michigan State University. Renee is the Communications Director for MARO as well as a forensic researcher for Hostetler Fontaine and Associates.  Renee is a Board member of MRA, Tri-County TRIAD, and the BOOM Awards and is very active in our Lansing community.