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Rev. Karen Sorden

Pastor Karen is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church and a full member of the West Michigan Conference as of June 2012. She earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2005 from the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO, and her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Grand Valley State University in 2002. Pastor Karen was appointed pastor of Central UMC effective July 1, 2012.

Secretary - Kim Stoepker

Kim joined the Central staff in 2006. She anchors the daily business of the church through the office and serves as the first point of connection for the church family. Kim graduated from Ferris State University in Office Administration and has over 25 years of related experience. 


Organist - Marilyn Noffke

Marilyn is an accomplished organist joining our staff in January of 2016. She has played for a variety of churches in the Lake Odessa area for over 30 years. 




Choir Director - Jackie Cunningham

Jackie Cunningham grew up at Central UMC and participated in the church music program. She studied music at Grand Valley State University and received her Bachelor of Music Education in 2006. She has studied conducting at many workshops since graduating.  Jackie began directing the Chancel Choir in the fall of 2015.

Custodians - Mike McCartney & Rolando Varela

As you admire the beauty of our building, you will see the hard work of our Custodial Team. Mike started his employment in 2007, and Rolando joined the team in 2013. Their combined expertise provides a foundation enabling the ministry of Central Church to happen.