meet the leadership board
Dick Estry I came to Rochester from Michigan in 1968, married Kathy (also from Michigan) in 1969 and we joined Christ Church in 1974 at about the time our daughter was born. I've served on a variety of committees in the church, most recently onFinance and Stewardship as well as on the CUMC Foundation. Together Kathy and I have participated in Confirmation and ASP, have been involved in Covenant Discipleship Groups and a variety of other classes and activities. I chose to apply to the Leadership Team because CUMC has a wonderful legacy in the institutions it has helped foster in Rochester and a fine reputation for the ministries it continues to lead and support; I would like to do what I can to further these and to help us grow into whatever awaits.
I joined CUMC about 20 years ago after being invited to attend by some friends and co-workers. During those years I have been involved in several ministry areas including children, youth and adult education, ASP and confirmation mission trips, choir, Staff-Parish Relations Team, hospitality ministry, communications, and church council. Being a part of the CUMC mission to “create committed Christ-followers for the transformation of the world” is an exciting challenge for me. I see our church becoming well-known in the community for outreach to those in need as well as an energized place to worship and gather with others who want to be a part of this mission.
I joined Christ church in 1970, when I moved to Rochester. I was a teacher, counselor, and administrator in Rochester Public Schools. I was involved in leadership positions all of my career. At Christ church, I have served and chaired the SPRC, as Lay Leader I have served on the finance committee and have been active on the Trustees and member of the Church Council. I feel I can use my God given talents to help Christ church and its members in creating committed Christ-followers for the transformation of the world. I love the purpose, the people, the music, the programs and the willingness of the members to engage in mission projects in our community and beyond. Attending church and learning from outstanding pastors and lay people. The small groups and book studies that are offered where I can question and put into practice what I learn. Working with other leaders in the church and seeing exciting things being accomplished.
As a long time member at CUMC, I’ve held different positions throughout the years. I was most recently on Trustees as Elizabeth, Andrew and Katy all joined CUMC. It was fulfilling to see the impact they were having on the vitality of CUMC and I wanted to become more involved again. As the MCCI process began, my interest only heightened and as I joined in on the voting of the initiatives and saw the tremendous response, I knew I wanted to join in. I’ve been a lifelong Methodist. My parents were always involved in our home church and set a great example for me. I joined CUMC initially because of the fantastic music program. I stayed because this became home to me.
While at the church service the first weekend in October, I felt called by God, as I did with Parish Nursing and YAM, that this may be the right place for me to serve. During the past several years at CUMC, I grieved the loss of family at church and a sense of belonging. I am hopeful there a is shifting at CUMC towards a meaningful church and I wish to be a part of the answer and not part of the problem. I love the concepts surrounding Open Doors, Open Hearts and Open Minds which is at the center of CUMC. As our city has changed and grown, so must we to be successful in meeting the needs of the community and beyond. Acceptance of diversity will move us forward.
I have been a member of Christ Church for many years and I have always enjoyed the fellowship and community we have here. I’m becoming involved with the leadership team because we are ready to move on toward becoming a more outwardly focused church and I want to be a part of making that happen. I’m excited about our mission of helping to interrupt the cycle of poverty for people in our community and the world. I am also looking forward to the spiritual development that I know will occur for me as I serve on the leadership team. I am a licensed psychologist and recently retired from Bluestem Center. I have a husband, Doug, and two grown daughters, Leah (San Francisco) and Katie (Minneapolis).
My Name is Alan Stepanek. My family and I have been disciples at CUMC for over 20 years. Most recently I was Chairman of Trustees and an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 21. During our time at CUMC we have enjoyed the Children’s Ministries and the support of friends and relationships as well as growing spiritually. I became interested in the new ministry team as it is an opportunity for me to continue to serve our church. CUMC is an exciting place with a positive energy. We have embraced our rich history and are moving forward in ways that will make our community a better place.
I applied for the Leadership Team because Elizabeth suggested that I apply. I want the nitty-gritty details of running our church to be accomplished with the awareness that they are secondary goals in the service of the primary goal of being Jesus Christ here in Rochester. I love CUMC because the gospel is expressed, and lived in the strengths of our pastors and congregation. We have clear, loving leadership of our pastors, and an acceptance of the diversity of talents and thoughts within the congregation. Through our enthusiastic endorsement of the MCCI recommendations we have demonstrated our commitment to change and grow so that we may include more people in our fellowship, and deepen our faith.
My family and I have been involved with CUMC since moving to Rochester in 2008. I have volunteered with Children's Ministry and most recently, served on Trustees. There are many great things to love about CUMC- there is a rich history as well as tremendous support to explore new ideas, both of which are exciting to me and have led to my interest in the Leadership Team. The church family is welcoming, and there are many ways for individuals to become involved with the church. I am the Senior Director, Hospital Systems for the American Cancer Society and live in Rochester with husband Nicholas and boys, Jaden and Shaun.