Pastoral Staff

  • Jeff Jaggers

    Lead Pastor

    Jeff has been at Fenton United Methodist Church since 2014.  Prior to coming to Fenton, Jeff served in ministry in Flushing, Grayling, Snover and Port Huron, Michigan.  Jeff is passionate about equipping followers of Jesus Christ to reach out to all people with the love of God through hands-on mission and ministry.  

    Jeff is a foodie, a wanderer, and a dreamer.  As a kid he wanted to play the guitar in the worst way - and he seems to have accomplished his goal.  More than anything, Jeff is trying to follow Jesus with all of his heart, mind, soul and strength, and love his neighbor.  He would love to have you join him on that journey.

  • Michelle Forsyth

    Associate Pastor

    Michelle served numerous years at Tawas United Methodist Church before coming to Fenton. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, including her two furry four legged friends. She is a naturalist at heart, so she enjoys spending time in creation. She takes pleasure being alone in nature talking and walking with God.

    Michelle is passionate and enthusiastic about youth ministry. She also enjoys serving alongside Pastor Jeff in various ministerial duties. Most importantly, she is honored and loves being the hands and feet of Jesus. She humbly serves Christ in all she does.

Program Staff

  • Mallory Lyman

    Children's Ministry Director

    Mallory Lyman is our Children's Ministry Director and has been with us at Fenton United Methodist since the fall of 2013. She graduated from Spring Arbor University with a degree in Children's Ministry and has a lot of energy and passion for teaching kids both in the church AND out of the church about the love of Jesus Christ.  She coordinates and helps run all of our programs for children Kindergarten - 5th grade.  Her favorite part about ministry at the church is seeing young kids connect with the story of God.  "Helping them learn, grow and understand is so rewarding," she says, "especially when you can see the light bulb turn on for them!"  Mallory is a big kid at heart and loves all things Disney, pink and glittery as well as a good cup of coffee with some dessert (any time of day!)

  • Lauren Heleine

    Nursery Care Coordinator

    Lauren has been our Nursery Care Coordinator since 2013.  Lauren graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2011 with a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Early Childhood Education, and minors in Language Arts and Fine Arts.  She is also a kindergarten teacher in Flint.  Lauren's passion is to help children grow and develop in their relationship with God and to be the light of the world.  She and her husband enjoy running, being outdoors with their two dogs and volunteering at church.

  • Ashley Bach

    Youth Ministry Director

    Ashley Bach is a long time member of Fenton United Methodist Church and serves as the Youth Ministry Director.  She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and is a former Nutrition Educator and Community Dietitian.  Ashley and her husband are volunteer leaders in the Fenton area for a high school ministry called Young Life.  Ashley has a heart for meeting kids where they are and finds great joy in introducing them to Jesus Christ, and walking with them in their faith.  

    Ashley loves ice cream, trying new recipes, Food Network, anything Joyce Meyer, Hallmark Holiday Movies, and camping.  Some of her favorite time is spent walking with her husband and their red lab Rhubarb, and being with family and her adorable nieces and nephew as much as possible!


  • Gary Horton


    Gary has been the organist at Fenton United Methodist Church since 1986.  Gary received his BA from the University of Michigan as a Medical Lab Technologist in 1965.  From 1962 through 1965 Gary was the organist at Oak Park Methodist Church.  In 1972, Gary became the organist at Community Presbyterian Church in Flint, Michigan until July of 1986.  Following his retirement from Hurley Medical center, Gary enrolled in the University of Michigan School of Music as an organ major.  Besides his providing medical help to people, the skills he has acquired in music have been the greatest personal fulfillment.  Gary says that if he has "Blessed one soul with my God-given talents, comforted anyone facing daunting spiritual challenges, or inspired someone to find a deeper understanding of the Christian faith, then my work will have not been in vain."

  • Matt Packer

    Chancel Choir Director/Music Coordinator

    Matt rejoined the ministry at Fenton in 2017, having served here previously from 1999-2005. His formal training in music began at age eleven taking piano lessons and playing trombone in the band. A life-long United Methodist, he sang in the children’s and youth choirs, played in the orchestra, and began developing his music composition “chops” with the church’s Music Director. As an undergraduate music student at Central Michigan University in 1983, Matt formed and directed a touring choir. This opened the door to realize a calling that has led him to serve churches in Farwell, Flint, Clare, Fenton, and Flushing.
    Creating and celebrating community through the gifts of worship and music are Matt’s passion. This passion is also expressed in his work as the Choral Director at Mott Community College and Mott Middle College, Choir Accompanist at Swartz Creek High School, Director of The Flint Male Chorus and Music Director for Swartz Creek Center Stage Community Theater. Since 2008, Matt has been in music ministry with his childhood friend in a duo called Brother 2 Brother, performing for sacred and civic events with the message that what unites us as Christians and as a human family outweighs what divides us. He is blessed to share in the journey with his wife, Kristi, and four adult children.

  • Kevin Marsee

    Contemporary Worship Leader

    Kevin Marsee serves as the contemporary Worship Leader for our 11:05 service.  Through his music and leadership on and off stage, Kevin's passion involves leading people to share their God-given gifts and encouraging worship to give praise and honor to God.  "For me, music is powerful - but it doesn't transform us.  We communicate with music to lead others to worship Him - so that He can bring light to darkened hearts and minds.  My prayer is that we ask His Spirit to work in our lives, and that we seek to live a life for the glory of God."

    The creative seeds were planted when Keven, at an early age, had the musical "aha" moment - and discovered that Schroeder was cool and practicing piano wasn't really all that boring.  Kevin is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Oberlin College & Conservatory of Music.  He currently sings and plays keys in the Leroy Street Band and occasionally dabbles in local theatre.  In addition to spending his days enjoying the company of his wife, Karen and two beautiful daughters, Kevin is a Real Estate Broker, Developer, Residential Builder, and co-owner of Zion Restoration US.

  • Lisa Pearson

    Instrumental Ensemble Director

    Lisa Pearson is our Instrumental Ensemble Director.  She graduated from Western Michigan University, and has been a Board Certified Music Therapist for over 25 years.  With over 30 years of experience ringing handbells and playing baritone and trumpet, Lisa directs our adult handbell choir, youth chime choir and our wind ensemble.  She is also a member of the Fenton Community Orchestra.  Her passion is to share her faith and love of music with her church family and the Fenton community.  She is also interested in enhancing health and wellness, both physical and spiritual, through the art of drumming and by leading drum circles in church ministries.  Lisa shares her love of music with her husband, Carl, and their two adult children.

  • Cindy Crawford

    Fusion Choir Director

    Cindy has been the director of our youth choir, Fusion, since 2011.  She has also been the director of the youth choir at a different area church since 2000.  She brings the two youth choirs together for a musical production every spring.  Cindy is a vocal coach and piano teacher for children, youth and adults.  She has performed in theater and various vocal groups since childhood.  Cindy has trained with several vocal coaches in classical and performance singing and has attended several seminars for singing and directing.  Cindy says "It is a joy and blessing working with the youth, and rewarding to see them love to bring God's word through music to the congregation."

Administrative Staff

  • Kathy Butts

    Office Administrator

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  • John Clark


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  • Toni Knott


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  • Denise Steward

    Financial Secretary

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Fenton United Methodist Church

119 S. Leroy Street

Fenton, MI 48430