Lou Seipel, Pastor
Lou was reared in Monroe, North Carolina, the child of Paul and Mary Riggins. Lou, and Lynne (her twin sister) were the youngest of 5 children. She attended Monroe High School and Greensboro College, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Philosophy. Lou attended the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and was ordained an elder in 1983. Her first parish was a 6 point charge in Washington County, and has served as a variety of church sizes throughout her career, with her last church appointment in Powell. She has served the last 8 years under special appointment, working with under-resourced families, living in section 8 housing and working with Ohio State University’s International Poverty Solutions Collaborative. Lou is a member of the YMCA Downtown Board, the Homeless Families Foundation, the Weinland Park Collaborative, and the Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Senior Independence Board.
For the past 7 years, Lou has been a Certified Trainer of the Bridges Out of Poverty curriculum that explains the hidden rules of economic class, making diverse communities better able to understand and work with persons of different economic backgrounds. Her work at OSU has initiated the development of a new workforce development model and a research project designed to examine the cliff effect, the results of which are intended to influence welfare policy.
Lou and Craig are the extremely proud parents of two grown sons, Zach and Sam. Zachary is a Lieutenant in the US Army, stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He and his finance, Sheri Kimes, are scheduled to be married in May of 2013. Sam currently lives in Chicago, and is with United Health Care in the division of International Sales.
Greg Kendrick, Student Associate Pastor
Gregory Kendrick, Jr’s passion for urban ministry stems from his start to ministry and life on the Westside of Chicago, IL. Gregory works daily to empower followers of Christ to move membership to discipleship and from love in word to love in action.
Gregory is a graduate from Denison University where he earned a BA in Religion with a concentration in the African American Religious Experience. Currently, he attends Methodist Theological School in Ohio working towards completing his Master of Divinity.
Gary Everts, Chancel Choir Director
Gary Everts has been Chancel Choir Director since 1999. The Chancel Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings, 7:30-9:00, from September through May, and sings for the 10:45 worship services most Sundays during the year and special music and special musical events. Membership in the Chancel Choir is open to all. Gary holds degrees from Westminster College (PA) and Trinity Lutheran Seminary.
Brian Johnson, Organist
Brian Johnson has served as Organist of Broad Street United Methodist Church since March, 1992. His leadership in worship preparation and planning is the focus of his music ministry. Brian carefully studies the appointed lectionary for the day (and season) to begin a disciplined process in choosing service music which bestreflects the theme of each worship service. He works closely in a collaborative spirit with the staff, clergy and worship committee of Broad St. church. Consequently, worship at Broad St. is always fresh, and alive in spirit. His preparation is constantly in progress as you may hear him practicing when you enter Broad St. other than for worship.
Brian holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ and sacred music from Wittenberg University. He has completed further studies in music education at Wright State University, Ball State University, Capital University and Westminster Choir College. He earned his specialist diploma in Orff-Schulwerk from the Orff Institute, Salzburg, Austria, and completed Kodaly certification at Capital University. In addition he holds a second graduate degree in school administration from the University of Dayton. He has been a guest organist for the summer movie series at the Ohio Theater in Columbus, OH.
In the world of handbell ringing, Brian is a past-chairman of Area V of The American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, Inc. His original composition “A Simple Celebration” has been rung as part of the national young ringers festival. He has been actively involved in handbells for over thirty years and was a member of the twenty-fifth anniversary AGEHR choir. In addition to serving Broad Street United Methodist Church as organist and handbell director, Brian is an elementary music specialist with the Columbus Public schools.
Deb Brierly, Church Administrator, Facilities Use Coordinator
Deb Brierly has been with Broad Street UMC since 1995. She is the first voice many hear when they call into or visit the church. Deb facilitates the communication between the church staff and leaders and advises staff and leaders of member requests, illnesses, concerns, etc. She produces the church newsletter and bulletins, maintains the church calendar and mailing lists, files & records for church and committee functions, including attendance. Deb manages the church website, schedules the usage of the various spaces in the church building including parking, and manages church use fees. Deb also maintains the quality of the computer systems, office equipment, and evaluates and recommends improvements. Deb is mother of two grown daughters and grandmother of four wonderful grandchildren. Deb dearly loves Max, her terrier. When she is not at work, she can be found in the garden tending to her veggies and flowers or assisting with the family Koi farm.
Marcia Miller, Seminary Student Intern
Marcia retired from her full-time position as a pediatric nurse in 2009. After completing her undergraduate work in business administration she started as a full-time seminary student at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, working on a Masters of Divinity degree. She is anticipating completing this portion of her journey toward ordination as an Elder in 2012.
Ken Schoon, Seminary Student Intern
Ken Schoon has been an intern at Broad Street since January 2011. A 2010 graduate of the Urban Studies program at the University of Cincinnati, Ken is passionate about how the church can take an active role in building community in neighborhoods and cities. As part of his internship, Ken maintains a blog, www.inextricablybound.com, which explores the idea of spiritual and secular integration.