Rev. Julie Delezenne, Pastor
Julie was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. She holds a BA from The College of Wooster, a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a Master of Nonprofit Administration with a Certificate in Fundraising Management from North Park University. In past calls, Julie has served an interfaith nonprofit in Chicago which serves homeless youth and adults and ELCA outdoor ministry sites in Texas and Northern Michigan. Julie and her husband, Adam, have two sons, Isaac and Jude, and enjoy traveling and adventures as a family. Julie is passionate about creative worship and developing partnerships that bring good news in our broken and beautiful world.
Sharon Kohler, Organist
Sharon began serving as organist at First Presbyterian in 1963 and first retired in 1996. In 2003, she just couldn't stay away and began substituting as organist until several years later, when she took on the permanent position once again. Sharon has taught piano lessons, done secretarial work, and helped run her family's silk screen business until 2010. Blessed with two daughters, Sharon also enjoys her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Her life has revolved around family and the church for the better part of 49 years. In her free time, she enjoys caring for her vegetable garden and reading.
Lauren Nowacki, Sunday School Teacher
Lauren began her work in youth ministry as a camp counselor at Howell Nature Center. Since then, she worked as an active volunteer at Park Community Church in Chicago and as the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry at Cherry Hill Presbyterian. She lives in Saint Clair Shores with her husband, Mike, stepdaughter, Kat, and adorable pitbull, Jayda. She grew up at First of Warren and is excited to return!
Trish Pearce comes to us as a long time active member of St. Thomas Community Presbyterian Church in Shelby Township. She has been married for 30 years, has one daughter and she is currently pursuing a Culinary Degree at MCCC. She has served as a Sunday school teacher, Junior/Senior High youth mentor, deacon, elder and currently a Stephen Ministry Leader.
Kyle Engelmann, Music Director
Kyle has been involved in music from an early age. At age 12, he would marvel at his father's booming bass voice in the pew of the Baptist church where he grew up and was amazed at the organist's improvisation skills. Soon, Kyle began taking piano lessons and eventually joined his high school band, the marching band and the jazz band. He played sax there, and kept up with the piano. After high school, Kyle attended Oakland University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music. During his college days, he got his first choir directing job. He’s enjoyed serving God and the Church with the gift of music ever since, and is currently working on his Master’s Degree in education. Kyle is married to his wife Kim of 17 years. They have two children, Jon and Carl, who are age 15 and 10. They live with their Irish setter, Summer, in Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Marijo Hockley, Coordinator of Inclusion Ministry
Marijo was born and raised in Michigan. She graduated from Royal Oak Kimball High School, now Royal Oak High School in 1986. She attended Eastern Michigan University and received a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Psychology. She stayed at Eastern and received a Graduated Certificate in Gerontology. In 2003, Marijo received her Secondary Teaching Certificate from Saginaw Valley State University in Science and taught Middle School and High School, before answering God's call to go into ministry. Marijo graduated from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in June of 2015 and is seeking ordination. Marijo now lives in Madison Heights with her fiance, Steve and their two dogs, Daisy and Jessie.