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Our Staff

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Lead Pastor: Michael Mann

As a pastor for nearly 20 years, my greatest joys have been helping others discover their own vision of what faith and life can be.

 

I've led rural and urban congregations, been a project manager for 400 congregations in this area, and now I'm honored to be at First UMC Lombard.

When I'm not reading the latest theology or working on the next church meeting, I love hanging out with my two kids, date nights with my wife, Julia Jones, and taking time to pray while walking on a nature trail.

 

I'm passionate about justice, especially for those left out because of their gender or identity; I'm a follow of Jesus who loves that he offers more questions than answers; and I cannot stand worship that is boring or irrelevant. I would be honored to hear your story sometime.

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Rev. Bonnie Campbell

Rev. Bonnie is an ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church.  Before receiving her call to ordained ministry, Bonnie was a wife, mother and registered nurse. 

 

After receiving her Associate Degree in Nursing at Harper Community College, she went on to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree at National Lewis University and her Master of Divinity at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. 

 

Before her retirement, Bonnie served St. Andrew’s UMC in Homewood, Prince of Peace UMC in Elk Grove Village, First UMC of Des Plaines and Granville Ave. UMC in Chicago.  Bonnie is also a Certified Spiritual Director, a ministry in which she continues to practice as a staff member at First UMC of Lombard.
 

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Brianna Harris, Music Dir.

Brianna was raised in Lombard, and she grew up in this church.  She attended Glenbard East High School and Elmhurst College, and a Masters Degree in Music Education.

While directing the Chancel Choir, Aldersgate Handbell Choir and Fusion at First UMC, she works her “real” job as the band director at a secondary school in Aurora.  

 

Brianna plays flute, oboe and trumpet, and she loves chocolate, Fall, Halloween and wearing scarves – not necessarily in that order.  She has a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh.

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Deacon: Ginny Rainey

Deacon Ginny was born in Elgin, IL and grow up in Elgin/Carpentersville. Revived her Bachelor in Arts from Judson College (Elgin) in 1985; her Master in Arts in Anthropology from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) in 1991 and her Master in Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Seminary (Evanston, IL)  Ginny was Ordained Deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference of the United Methodist Church in 2007. 

Previous to her work as a deacon, Ginny worked for several social and church-related agencies such Child Welfare Worker; The Salvation Army; and Ecker Mental Health Center as a case manager and child advocate. She was also on the Pastoral Care Staff as a chaplain at Bethany Retirement Home.

In 2012, she was appointed to our congregation as our Minister of Congregational Care.  Deacon Ginny is the mother of four adult children and grandmother of eight.

In her free time, she like to walk, do some gardening, scrapbooking, reading and camping…

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Chris Smith-Koslowski

Christine Kozlowski received her Masters of Divinity degree from Garrett Seminary (in Evanston, IL). She is also a practicing Art Therapist with many years of experience working with both children and adults. She has worked in various settings including inpatient mental health, residential treatment for adolescents, and a shelter for children waiting for foster placement. She received her Masters of Art in Art Therapy from the Art Institute of Chicago.

 

In addition to being the Director of Children’s Ministry at First United Methodist Church of Lombard, she also works at the School of Expressive Arts and Learning (“S.E.A.L”, in Lombard, IL) and helps children with special needs. She believes that a large part of her calling in life is to “help others to find their voices through the creative process”.  Chris lives in Lombard with her wife, Rachel, and their daughters Amelia and Ruth. 

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Dan Hennel, Accompanist

Daniel Hennel graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in music and a performance certificate, and from Northern Illinois University with a Master of Music degree in piano performance. 

 

He has taught privately since 2000. Daniel has been a music copyist for Doug Beach Music, which specializes in educational jazz, since 1997.
 

He continues to be an active performer in and around Chicago.
 

Alex Teater, Technical

Alex Teater is a middle school band director who just taught music for over 10 years.  He currently teaches at Emerson Middle School in Park Ridge, Il, where he directs the Emerson Cadet Band and Concert Band, as well as the 5th Grade Beginning Band.

 

He holds a Bachelor’s of Music Education from Illinois State University and a Master of Music Education degree from the University of Illinois. 

 

Alex is the drummer for our church’s praise band Fusion, and also gigs irregularly as a saxophonist with the rock band Bob Bradish and The Backstabbers from Ottawa, IL. 

 

Alex, his wife Kaitlyn and their three children are members of First UMC Lombard.

Laura Negron, Nursery Assistant

A native Puerto Rican, Laura moved to USA in the beginning of 2021 with her 6 year old child. Before the pandemic she worked as a teacher at a daycare for children.

 

She lives in Aurora IL with her child, girlfriend, and her girlfriend’s two dogs. Her hobbies include cooking, drawing, singing/playing drums, walking the pups, and being crafty.