Lou Seipel, Pastor
Lou was reared in Monroe, North Carolina, the child of Paul and Mary Riggins. Lou and Lynne (her twin sister) are 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, where she received her Masters of Divinity, and was ordained an elder in 1983. Her first parish was a six-point charge (six separate churches) in Washington County, and while she has delighted in serving a variety of churches throughout her career; her last church appointment prior to Broad St. was in Powell, OH, culminating in 2002.
Between Powell and Broad St., Lou spent eight years under special appointment, working with underresourced families living in section 8 housing, and working with Ohio State University’s International Poverty Solutions Collaborative. She considers those years as the most significant and influential learning experience of her career.
Lou is a board member of the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Community Shares of Central Ohio Trustee, the Heart of the City Foundation, and the Faith-Based Leaders of the Community Shelter Board.
Lou is a Certified Trainer of the Bridges Out of Poverty curriculum which explains the hidden rules of economic class, making diverse communities better able to understand and work with persons of different economic backgrounds. Her work in this area has influenced best practices in service delivery, patient engagement within medicine, housing management, and community relations.
Lou and Craig are the extremely proud parents of two grown sons, Zach and Sam. Zachary is a Captain in the US Army, stationed in New York. Sam and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Detroit, MI, with their daughter, Madeline.
Pete Elliott, Associate Pastor
Pete is beginning his fourth career at Broad St. UMC, though he would tell you that it is really all one connected journey. After graduating from Ball State University and marrying his wife Susan in 1986, Pete taught mathematics at Red Bird Mission High School. While at Red Bird Pete also served on the volunteer fire department and helped lead work-camp groups during the summer months.
After serving at Red Bird, Pete attended the Methodist Theological School in Ohio (MTSO) where he earned a Masters of Arts in Drug and Alcohol Abuse Ministry in 1989. After 15 years of working in the counseling field, primarily with youth who were involved with the courts, Pete left that field to combine his technical and people skills as a technology consultant.
Currently, Pete is completing the Masters of Divinity degree at MTSO and plans to graduate in May 2015. Pete is a Licensed Local Pastor and is working toward ordination as an Elder in the United Methodist Church. At Broad St., Pete combines his experiences to serve in outreach, technology, and pastoral care roles.
Joy Bronson, Minister of Mission & Ministry
Our Minister of Mission & Ministry, Joy Bronson was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, and is a third-generation “preacher’s kid.” Her grandfather, Willie Bronson, established the Church of God in Christ Written in Heaven in Lincoln Heights, of which her uncle is now bishop and her father an associate minister. Her father also served as Assistant Pastor at Tryed Stone Missionary Baptist Church (Cincinnati) for thirteen years.
Before coming to Broad St. UMC, Joy spent her career as programs and/or volunteer coordinator in social justice and non-profit organizations. She worked most recently as Training Coordinator for Ohio Court Appointed Special Advocates, supporting the work of county-level programs across the state of Ohio in serving as guardians ad litem for children in foster care for abuse and neglect. At the church, she is thrilled to be serving in coordinating communications, the Heart of the City CDF Freedom Schools program, and supporting the Reconciling Ministries committee and adult education.
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 best reflects the theme of each worship service. He works closely in a collaborative spirit with the staff, clergy and worship committee of Broad St. 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 the church 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 UMC as organist and handbell director, Brian recently retired from teaching elementary vocal music (Columbus City Schools and St. Joseph Montessori School).
Deb Brierly, Church Administrator
Deb Brierly has been with Broad St. 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.