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CORE VALUES

OUR CORE VALUES

• Care for and support the congregation.


• Guide and support the spiritual growth of the congregation. Create a welcoming and friendly church environment to attract new members and to grow the church.

• Develop disciples in Christ and send them forth into the community.

• Implement outreach programs that enrich and comfort the needy in our community.


• Support conference initiatives to assist the needy globally.

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Pastor Rob McPherson

I believe in grace. I am 100% captivated and amazed by the ability of God to love an imperfect person like me. Not only does God have the crazy idea that I am loveable, but God also has the truly insane idea that an imperfect person like me can serve as a leader and pastor in the church. Such grace reminds me that God is crazy enough to love all those other imperfect people, and even call them into the service of Jesus Christ. As Cory Ashbury sings, “Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God.” This for me is what our faith is all about.

Patty Cousins

Administrative Assistant

Patty has lived in the Davison community for 23 years and loves the area. Patty is married to husband Rob and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. The oldest is Brendon, his wife Angela and 2 little ones, Emmalyn and Easton. They live and work in the Waterford area. Her son Lucas has finished his bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. Lucas will be moving to Alpena, MI to work as a choreographer, theatre performer/dancer and set carpenter for Thunder Bay Theatre. Her daughter Olivia is currently living in Dearborn, MI where she attends U of M and is working on her master's in clinical psychology. Patty loves animals and spends her spare time rescuing abandoned and stray animals. 

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Gary Kramer

Audio/Video Tech

Gary started as the Audio Video Director at Davison United Methodist Church in 2005, following over 20 years in a similar role at Flint Wesleyan Church. He co-founded M & K Recordings Inc. after earning degrees in broadcasting and journalism from Wayne State University in 1979. This company distributed supplies and provided production assistance to various organizations. Later, he formed Great American Radio, offering recordings of broadcasts from the 1930s to the 1950s.

Gary continues his audio recording work today, serving groups like the New Century Chorale and Livingston County Chorale, alongside churches and school organizations statewide. He also assisted the Rock of Ages Big Band. Married to LaDonna since 1986, they delight in their large, growing family.

Alexander Gardner

Music Director

Alex has served as the Music Director at DUMC since 2016. As Music Director, Alex is responsible for leading the Praise Band and DUMC Choir, where he strives to bring meaningful music selections to each service.  Music is a powerful way for us to connect with the Holy Spirit during worship, Alex is very passionate about creating those special moments throughout his Music ministry. Alex completed his bachelor's degree in music education at Grand Valley State University. He also completed his Master's degree in educational leadership at Oakland University in 2022. If you have any questions, or are interested in joining the DUMC Choir you can contact Alex via email at: gardnale@mail.gvsu.edu

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Jerry Knoodle

Custodian

Jerry has been a dedicated member of our church since 1978, actively serving on various committees including trustees, finance, and leading the United Methodist Men’s Group. Born and raised in Mt. Morris, he married his high school sweetheart, Pam, at the Mt. Morris First United Methodist Church 54 years ago. They have three children: Jennifer and her family in San Francisco, Amy and her family in Turlock, CA, and Jared and his family in Davison.

After graduating from Western Michigan University, Jerry served in the US Army from 1969-1971 before starting his 50-year career in the insurance industry, retiring in 2021. He enjoys biking, running, and watching his grandchildren's sporting events, as well as following MSU sports. Jerry invites everyone to say hello when they're in the building as we all work together to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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