AboutBanner

The mission of the United Methodist Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

Leadership Team:

Rev. Dr. Dan Bilkert, Pastor
pastor@grfaithumc.org
 
Pastor Dan is a native of Ohio but don’t worry, he’s not an avid Buckeye fan! His desire is for a good, nail-biter football game. He did spend his sophomore year at Ohio State and it was disastrous on several levels.
 
Dan was blessed to grow up in a faith-filled home. His own faith in Christ came alive in his senior year of high school. From that point till today it has been an amazing journey of walking with Jesus. His passion has been and continues to be helping people encounter Jesus and to grow into the fullness of life and impact Jesus desires for all people. Dan is now in his 36th year of service within the United Methodist tradition.
 
Dan is married to Gigi and is adamant he married way up! They have 3 phenomenal daughters and 2 great sons-in-law. Gigi and Dan enjoy hiking, biking, good board games, good coffee,hosting small groups and the beauty of Western Michigan.
Jamie Dunn, Administrative Assistant
secretary@grfaithumc.org
 
Jamie grew up in Negaunee, MI in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and moved to Grand Rapids in 2017. She joined the staff at Faith UMC that September as the administrative assistant. She also serves the congregation of Grandville UMC in this capacity.
 
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Alma College (class of 2014) and enjoys sharing her love of music with the congregation on violin or piano as well as accompanying Church in the Park services in Wedgwood Park over the summer and subbing for worship services on piano/organ. When not playing viola with the Holland Symphony or violin with various community ensembles, she enjoys traveling, Irish dancing, scrap-booking, reading and taking full advantage of the many opportunities to enjoy music, art, food and natural beauty in the area.
Cynthia Hicks, Organist
cynthia_hicks@hotmail.com
 
Cynthia joined the staff at Faith UMC in February 2015 as the organist and choir accompanist. She loves being a part of Faith’s strong music program: working with the choir, playing duets, accompanying special music, and leading hymns from the organ or piano. Cynthia feels that music is her connection to church as she has participated in church music since high school, finding places to get involved wherever life has taken her.

Cynthia and her husband, Pete, live in Holland with their high school-aged son, Noah, as well as three cats and a dog. Their oldest child, Allyson, graduated from Grand Valley and now lives in Ohio where she is putting her English degree and rowing experience to work.

Outside of Faith music, Cynthia enjoys Lake Michigan, walking the dog with Pete, time with extended family at the cottage “Up North” on Burt Lake, and a good grilled cheese sandwich!
Michael Milo, Worship Director
 
Michael is a native Michigander who has lived most of his life in and around Detroit, Chicago, and most recently, Holland, Michigan for the past 8 years. Michael did his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, then, after serving as a student pastor for four years, he ended up in the Chicago area getting his M-Div. from Northern Seminary. With a deep love for Christ and a passion for worship that began in high school, he has served as a worship pastor in churches in the Detroit, Chicago, Lansing and Holland areas for the past 20+ years.

Although he loves all four seasons, summer and sunshine are way up on the top of the list! Riding his bicycle, swimming, reading, working in the yard, and playing with his dog Abby are the things he particularly loves to do in whatever spare time he finds. Although he constantly groans over the way people drive here in West Michigan, he enjoys being a part of our Grand Rapids Faith community!