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 35 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 65 times as a Volunteer in Mission or Mission Leader. Pastor Mike has two adult sons, loves to golf and downhill ski, plays drums and guitar, 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
Sharon first came to Vestal UMC when her family moved to Vestal in 1973. She graduated from Vestal High School in 1980 and attended Binghamton University. After graduating from BU she & her husband moved to Brackney, PA, where they raised their two sons and have been ever since. She started in pastoral ministry in 2008 and served two small churches from 2008 until 2017. Sharon joined our staff in 2017 as a part-time pastor and is delighted to be serving the congregation in which she grew...
Linda Kobza
Director of Connectional Ministries
Linda joined us in September 2014 as our Administrative Secretary and oversees our Connectional Ministries. She is a Vestal native, but a diverse career has taken her many places around the country. She returned home in 2004 and has worked in hospital administration, taught English as a Second Language, has helped to start several small businesses and her family are local maple producers. Linda and her husband, Jeff, love to travel and enjoy auto racing. Linda has two sons, Brandon and Gage.
David Black
Director of Religious Education
David has been at Vestal UMC since September 2019. For over 20 years he has been engaged in spiritual formation ministries as a professional lay person working with youth and in Christian Education. He is also a well-known magician in the Binghamton area. David lives in Chenango Forks with my wife, Teddi, a retired teacher and my daughter, Julia, who is entering her senior year at SUNY Fredonia. Our son, Cameron, lives in Toledo, Ohio and works as a project manager at Mercy Health.
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.
Tom Crounse
Finance Secretary
Tom has been Finance Secretary since June 2019. Tom has an MBA in healthcare management,and has worked in financial administration most of his life. He has helped with is family business most of his life and has worked for Chenango County Community Services and was also an adjunct instructor at SUNY Morrisville. Tom and his wife, Natalie live in Vestal.
Isaac Garrigues-Cortelyou
Director of Music
Isaac Garrigues-Cortelyou has served as Director of Music since Fall 2018. He conducts the Chancel Choir, coordinates special music, and leads the music department. Isaac is a student at Drew Theological School, working on his Master of Divinity degree and serves on the board of the Theological Student Association. He sings with the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, Southern Tier Singers' Collective, and the Seminary Choir at Drew. He lives in Owego with his spouse, Beth.
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
Custodian
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
Tim has been a part of the Vestal UMC team since August 2009. As 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 has been at Vestal UMC since July 2013. 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.

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Vestal UMC

328 Main Street

Vestal, NY 13850

 

Phone: (607) 785-3367

Fax: (607) 264-2025

 

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