Vestal UMC Clergy & Staff

Mike Willis
Senior Pastor
Vestal UMC is Pastor Mike's home church and he has been appointed here since July 2001. At age 22 he left to study at Boston University School of Theology for his Master's of Divinity degree. In over 30 years of ministry he has served at 7 different churches. He felt called to be in missions in 1994 and has been to Haiti over 50 times as a Volunteer in Mission or Mission Leader. Pastor Mike has two adult sons, loves to golf and downhill ski and enjoys woodworking.
Patty Cardin
Associate Pastor
A graduate of Asbury and United Theological Seminaries with a Master' s in Christian ministry, my passion is Transformational Leadership, as well as imparting leadership principles to young people to help them find their purpose and place in the advancement of the kingdom of God. I am blessed to have a wonderful family, and together we love the outdoors, our pets, boating, travel, and the arts.
Sharon Harris
Associate Pastor
Linda Kobza
Administrative Secretary & Director of Marketing
Linda joined our staff in September 2014. She is a Vestal native but a diverse career background has taken her to several cities around New York State as well as Georgia and Minnesota. She returned to Vestal in 2004 and has worked in hospital administration, taught English as a Second Language, and has helped to start several small businesses. Linda and her husband, Jeff, love to be on the water and can often be found watching auto racing. Linda has two sons, Brandon and Gage.
Lana Roske
Assistant Admininstrative Secretary
Lana has been a member of Vestal UMC since 1974. She has been active in the United Methodist Women, taught Sunday School for 19 years, was Chair of the Stewardship & Evangelism Committee, and has been Co-Chair for Funeral Lunches and the Rummage Sale for many years. She was the church Administrative Secretary from 1982 until retiring in 2008. Lana returned as the Assistant Administrative Secretary in 2012. She is also the Secretary for the Trustees and Church Council.
Jim Meade
Minister of Visitation
Jim has served as Minister of Visitation since 2010 and has been a member of Vestal UMC since 1967. During that time he has served on or chaired the Church Council, Missions Team, Staff-Parish Relations Committee (3 times), and the Finance Committee. He received Stephen Ministries training in 1990 and remains an active Stephen Leader and Minister.
Tim Rhodes
Finance Secretary
Tim has been Finance Secretary since January 1, 2011. Tim previously served on the Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Quest for Quality Team, and Chaired the Church Council. He is a retiree of Nabisco after 39 years as the Manager of the Endicott and other New York and Pennsylvania facilities. Tim and his wife, Robin, have been members of Vestal UMC since 1995.
Isaac Garrigues-Cortelyou
Director of Music
Isaac joined our staff in August 2018. He has served as the Chancel Choir Director at St. Matthews UMC in Livonia, MI and Assistant Conductor of the Community Chorus of Detroit. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music and Political Science from Oakland University and is working toward his master's degree in Choral Conducting at Syracuse University. He is married to Beth, enjoys watching and playing 1860s rules baseball, and is a member of the National Railroad Historical Society.
Janet Nieburg
Director of VUMmer Hummers and Bells
Jan taught vocals/choir for almost 30 years. She has directed Children’s, Youth and Adult choirs at churches in N.Y. and Florida. In 1981 she began ringing handbells and has since rung and conducted at churches and festivals. Jan has sung with several Symphony Chorus’ and Operas and, is currently involved with University Chorus, Downtown Singers, Tri-Cities Opera, Bronzissimo! (handbells), Java Joe Jammers and the Vestal Mountain Dulcimer Players. Jan is delighted to be on our music staff!
Gordie Vinson
Gordie has been working at Vestal UMC for 10 years and has been attending our church for over 20. Prior to working at Vestal UMC he was in the remodeling business for 12 years and the roofing business for 23 years. Gordie is a volunteer for Tracy's Hope and enjoys riding his motorcycle.
Tim Andrews
Audio-Video Engineer/Wesleyan Choir Accompanist
Tim has been accompanying our Wesleyan Choir for 7 years. He is also our Audio-Visual Engineer and runs the sound and video for church and community events. Tim grew up in the Methodist Church where both his father and grandfather were pastors and his mother a choir director and public school music teacher. He attended Ithaca College where he majored in music education and music technologies.
Dan Rosenau
Music Ministry
Dan grew up in the Southern Tier and has been a church musician since age 15. He recently completed his degree in Music Performance at Binghamton University and we are blessed that he shares his magnificent talents with us each week.
Gene Mcgowan
Night Security
Gene has been a member of Vestal UMC for over 65 years. He was our custodian for 19 years before retiring in 2004 and has been our night security ever since. Gene likes to bowl and you can often find him at local diners having a meal with friends.
Nicolette Holmes
Childcare Provider
Nicolette has been our Childcare Provider for 16 years.

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Vestal UMC

328 Main Street

Vestal, NY 13850


Phone: (607) 785-3367

Fax: (607) 264-2025


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Office Hours

Monday – Thursday

8:30 am to Noon and

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Fridays 8:30 am to Noon


Summer Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30 am to Noon

(begins 6/24/19)


Sundays at 8:30 and 11:00 am

Sunday School at 9:45 am


Summer Worship at 9:30 am (begins 6/16/19)

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