Reverend Naylo Hopkins is the senior pastor of Lansing, Central United Methodist Church.
Pastor Naylo grew up in Flint, MI. His Master’s in Divinity is from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Naylo entered the ministry in 2011. He utilizes a servant leadership style in cross-cultural, cross-racial settings to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to be empowered by Christ’s transforming love.
Naylo and his wife, Dori, have two boys, Advent and August.
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.
Mark Mitchell has been an organist for many years, serving United Methodist, Lutheran, Episcopal, and other local congregations. He started his organist career at a Methodist church in Houghton, MI, where he attended Michigan Technological University. Mark grew up at Central and has always had a love for music, especially the pipe organ. In his spare time, Mark enjoys traveling, cooking and hanging out with his son, Christopher, and three basset hounds!
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.
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 Advisor to the Self-Advocates of Michigan through the Developmental Disabilities Council of Michigan as well as a forensic researcher for Hostetler Fontaine and Associates. Renee is a Board member of Michigan Rehabilitation Association and Tri-County TRIAD and is very active in our Lansing community. She lives in the Old Forrest Neighborhood in a home with her 10 year old daughter, Veronica, their many pets, and their gardens.
Tyler and his fiancée, Maggie, have recently moved to Michigan from Washington state to be closer to family. They share their home north of Lansing with 3 cats; Jasper (aka Tubby), Zoey, and Joey. Their cats love watching the chipmunks but aren’t too sure about the raccoon which showed up recently. Tyler enjoys working in a Christian environment and is especially excited to be here.
Paul is an Army veteran and comes to us with over 20 years of experience. Paul and his wife, Amy, live together in Middleton with their two dogs, one cat and one bird.