989-662-6314 office@auburnumc.org

While we rely on the many volunteers at AUMC, we also have a few key staff members in place …

Pastor Carmen Cook
Arriving at Auburn UMC in July of 2022, Pastor Carmen comes from the Gladwin area. She has a passion for leading people to Christ and then helping to equip them for the journey of faith that the Lord has called them to. She believes that the Lord has a plan and purpose for each individual and that each person is of great worth. She strives to faithfully teach the Word of God, to love people, and to celebrate the goodness of the Lord in all of life. Pastor Carmen has a heartbeat for missions on the local, state, national, and international level and she is looking forward to becoming part of the community upon her arrival. Joining her in ministry is her husband and their four legged child, a yellow lab, named Caesar. 

Jenn Williams – Administrative Assistant/Bookkeeper
Jenn came to us in the fall of 2013. With degrees in Office Management and Office Administration from Delta College and years of experience management, business accounting, marketing and graphic design not only does Jenn handle all the day to day office tasks she also builds and maintains the church website and Facebook pages, designs promotional materials and does all of our bookkeeping. Jenn says “This is my niche, I was meant to be in this position. I can honestly say, I love my job.” She also enjoys camping and spending time with her family, especially her grand girls.  Email: office [at] auburnumc.org

Pat McIlvenna – Coordinator of Music & Tech Team
If you are interested in joining the choir, singing a solo or duet, or doing anything else musical, this is the guy to talk to. On top of his duties as Choir Director and Music Leader, Pat also schedules and plans music (both Contemporary and Traditional) for worship and oversees all of our online service platforms including training volunteers to use the sound board and video equipment and managing the streaming services. Email: music [at] auburnumc.org

Gabrielle Cook-McIlvenna – Worship Leader & Musician
A native Australian who settled in the tri-city area and has been with AUMC since 2012. Studied classical and jazz piano privately for more than 10 years, undergoing the required examinations for performance and theory. Studied choral music at the local arts academy and began to undertake her first music ministry position while still in high school. Academically, she has received an undergraduate at Saginaw Valley State University and completed her Masters in Public Administration from the same institution. Her greatest joy of serving in a music ministry position is witnessing how the Spirit can move through a group of musicians during a worship service. “It’s a blessing to be able to serve as the Worship Leader and keyboardist here at AUMC.”  Email: music [at] auburnumc.org

Phyllis Roberts – Child Care Coordinator
From the Auburn Community, Phyllis joined our staff in 2017 and has faithfull been caring for our children since. As Child Care Coordinator, she staffs the nursery for church, Sunday school and other AUMC events. Behind the scenes, Phyllis takes the time to clean all the toys and furniture in the nursery to help stop the spread grems, which has been so important since the covid outbreak.