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 wit adds to the hospitality found at Central. He is the father of 3 adult children and their significant others and has one grandson.
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.
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.
Jay comes to us from Lansing and has a cat, Frank Ocean, who thinks he is a dog because he loves to play fetch. Jay has a lot of experience with customer service, is studying psychology, and is looking forward to getting to know everybody.
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.
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 Director of Education and Technology 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.
Custodian / Building Attendant
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.