Lay Leadership

Our Lay Servants

We are blessed to have the following Lay Servants who use their gifts and talents to help the pastor and the congregation in carrying various vital ministries as trained lay persons in ministry.  These dedicated members have gone through extensive training each year for preaching, teaching, nurturing, small group ministries, evangelism, caring ministry, and mission outreach.

JOE CELENTANO Joe describes himself as “a Disciple of Jesus Christ” more than anything else.  Since joining this church family, he has been actively involved in various ministries of the church, including: the Church Council Chair, a Certified Lay Speaker to preach at our church and other churches, Worship Team drummer, a Bible Study Co-Leader, J.O.Y. Mission Team, Men’s Group, Food Pantry, Breakfast Feeding Ministry, and Campfire Ministry.  Joe is passionate about growing our church and reaching out to new friends in the community.

BILL WILLIX Bill serves as a trustee, leader of the United Methodist Men’s Group, and is part of our worship team.  He also came up with the vision of the Breakfast Club.  He enjoys preaching and doing children’s messages during worship.  Bill is passionate about need-based evangelism, and sharing God’s love and hope with everyone.

JEAN CHARLES Jean serves as the Lay Leader of the Church. She has a Master’s Degree in Behavioral Sciences and is a Licensed Occupational Therapist, as well as a Business and Relationship Coach.  Jean is uniquely gifted in leading positive change, one-on-one counseling, coaching and organization.

MIKE TIRONI FUMC of Blairstown has been Mike’s home church since 1976.  He was confirmed and became a member in 1981.  Currently, Mike serves as the Chairperson for the Trustees.  He is also a part of the United Methodist Men and Worship Team.  As a father of two wonderful children, Jack and Alexa, he feels truly blessed to be a part of this church family.

Lay Leadership

Church Council

Chairperson, Michael Tironi

Recording Secretary, Cath Kanen

Lay Leader, Joe Celentano

Lay Member to Annual Conference,  Barbara Dwiggins

Reserve Lay Member, Kathy Chambarry

Staff-Parish Relations Chair, Michelle Peterson

Trustees Chair, Bill Willix

Finance Chair, Bob McNinch

Finance Secretary, David Dwiggins

Church Treasurer, Barbara Cornwell

Sunday School Superintendent, Debbie Stiefel

Youth Leader, Scott Wills

Worship Coordinator, Joanna Stoner

Evangelism, Bill Willix

UMW President, Eloise Raymond

UMM President, Bill Willix

Disaster Relief Representative, Lorrie Schoemer

Members at Large, Lois Bedell & Fred Cook

Pastor, David Tillisch

Our Administrative Committees

Class of 2015 2016 2017
Staff Parish Relations Committee
Barbara Celentano Bill Willix Sanju Kim
Jean Verbeke Mike Tironi Grace Ackerson
Sam Jones Nancy Rice Michelle Peterson
Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development
Joanna Stoner Carla Jones Barbara Dwiggins
Kathy Chambarry Jean Charles Fred Cook
Claire Smith Mike Tironi Matt Willix
Board of Trustees
Michelle Peterson Jean Charles Fred Cook
David Dwiggins Carls Jones Michael Hall
Michael Tironi Shawn Torppey Bill Willix



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February 14, 2018, 6:30am - February 14, 2018, 8:30am

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