Fredericktown United Methodist Church
Monday, April 06, 2020


Senior Pastor
Richard Hasley
Born: 1958
Graduate: Marietta High School
Worked for family Construction Business: 1977—1982
Ohio University Bachelor of Science Degree in Education: 1987
Teacher: High School Social Studies: 1987-1990
Student local pastor at Summerfield Charge: 1990-1993
Methodist Theological School of Ohio Graduate: 1993 Master of Divinity Degree
Boyce United Methodist Church, East Liverpool: 1993—2004
Scott Memorial UMC, Cadiz, Ohio, 2004—2015
Pastor Hasley and Janice are the parents of 2 children, Shannon of East Liverpool and Tim, who currently lives in New Hampshire. They have 4 grandchildren; 2 girls, India and Olivia, of East Liverpool and Granger and Garrett of New Hampshire.
Director of Youth and Adult Ministries
Mike Brake
     Mike was born and raised in Fredericktown. After graduating from Fredericktown High School, he joined the Marine Corp and served in Desert Storm. In 1997, he married his wife Heather.  He and his wife have three children named Kelsi, Abbi, and Isaiah.
      In 2003, Mike came to realize that Christ is real and put his faith and trust in him! Mike was called to be the part-time Youth Director from 2009-2013. Now, he is moving into a full-time position. Mike is very excited about all that God has called him to do in working with both the youth and adults at Fredericktown United Methodist Church.
Praise Team Director
Ross Carter
    Ross has been going to the Fredericktown United Methodist Church since 1993 when a high school buddy in­vited him to church. He became an active member of God's Army.
     He is married to Emily who sings in the praise team and she also serves as teacher at our preschool. They have three sons. Ross is a junior high school science and history teacher at Granville Christian Academy.  Ross has also been the lead  singer in several Christian bands and currently is signed  with Tate Music Group with his band Abia.
     He serves in the National Guard.
                                          Contact Ross
Director of Children's Ministry
Kalvari Kershner
Kalvari Kershner was raised in Chesterville, Ohio, and graduated from Highland High School.  She grew up in the Gilead Mennonite Church and received Christ as her Savior at a very young age.  Kalvari was very active in her church youth group and even taught Sunday School while in high school.  When she was a junior, she rededicated her life to Christ and knew that she would serve Him her whole life.  She began attending FUMC to be involved in God's Army.  Kalvari met her husband Kurt at FUMC where he was raised.  After they were married, they became youth group leaders and ran the God's Army program.  She worked as an administrative assistant in the adult education program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University for several years.  After their first daughter, Annabelle, was born, Kalvari began to work in the nursery and children's ministries as a Sunday School teacher and nursery volunteer.  She also helped with VBS and many other children's activities. In 2005, Kurt and Kalvari opened a childcare in their home and she operated it for 10 years, as she raised her children.  Kalvari continued to teach Sunday School as they added their sons Andrew and Austin to their family.  She is a metastatic breast cancer survivor and praises Christ for healing and sustaining her.  Kalvari feels very honored and blessed to be serving the Lord and this church by leading this ministry as the Children's Ministry Director, and hopes that you will get involved as the Lord leads you.  Please contact her with ideas to help this ministry grow stronger as our church expands!
Contact Kalvari
Worship Leader - Traditional Service
Susan Link
    Susan and her husband, Michael, have been active in the Fredericktown United Methodist Church since they moved here in 1998.  She has been the church Lay Leader for the past twelve years, and Michael just completed his second consecutive term as Trustee Chairperson.
    Susan has been our Worship Leader for the 9:00 o'clock worship service since the fall of 2013.  She sings in the Chancel Choir and also with a women's trio.  Susan holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from Otterbein University and a Master of Education degree from The Ohio State University.  Susan is a retired language arts and social studies teacher, which was a second career for her after 30 years in customer service and marketing in the telecommunications industry.
    Susan understands worship as a personal and intimate experience with God.  She seeks to lead the congregation into a closer relationship with God through music, liturgy, praise, Scripture, quiet and personal reflection.  She believes that listening to what God has to say to us is more important than what we might have to say to God - and she believes that God speaks to us through worship.    
 Director - Chancel Choir
Mary Elder
     Mary has been a member of FUMC for as long as she can remember, and she represents one of five generations of her family to attend this church.  She remembers Sunday School in the basement backroom of what is now the Historical Museum.
    Mary has participated in music ministry for almost as long as she has been a member.  It began when she was a child in the Carol Choir, and in high school she sang in the Senior Choir and also played piano for Bible School and worship services.  Currently, Mary provides worship music with her other instruments j- the flute and the harp.
    After college, Mary married her high school sweetheart, Bill Elder.  Following medical school and residency, the Elders returned to Fredericktown where Dr. Elder established his medical practice.  Here they raised their three children, Elizabeth, Laura, and Tim.  Mary and Bill have four grandchildren.
    Since returning to FUMC, Mary has served in many positions.  She felt called to direct the Chancel Choir when the position became open.  Mary selects anthems to match our pastor's sermons and the special days of the Christian year.  She rehearses her choir every Wednesday evening from 7:00 to 8:30 PM, and directs the choir's musical offerings during worship at least twice each month.
    Mary encourages all who like to lift their voices to God through music to consider joining the Chancel Choir.  There are no try-outs and everyone is welcome, whether or not they can read music.  The Chancel Choir is really an extended family who care for and pray for one another, and who simply want to make a "joyful noise" in the praise of God.
Betty Smith
    Betty was born and raised near Lancaster, PA.  She attended a one-room school for her first eight grades and then high school in Millersville, PA.  Work experience included Hamilton Watch, Science Press, and Franklin & Marshall College.  Following their marriage in 1953, Betty and Ted Smith moved to Cleveland for his job training and the couple settled in Fredericktown in 1960.  In 1963, they came to the home where Betty still lives and where they raised 3 sons and 3 daughters.  The Smiths were happily married for 52 years when Betty, and FUMC, were bereaved.  Betty has 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and also her doggie, Lily.
    Betty and family became very active members of FUMC.  It was natural that Betty's service included her skill at the keyboard.  In her childhood home, Betty, with her 2 sisters and their parents, were in church whenever the doors were open.  At times when Betty was supposed to be helping her father clean their church, she would be playing the piano instead of dusting.  Betty recalls that her first piano was actually given to her, and that her first piano lesson cost 25 cents.
    At FUMC, Betty first accompanied the Carol Choir and later Betty herself directed the children.  When the Carol Choir kids got older, a youth choir was formed which often sang for other churches as well.   During those years, Betty shared leadership with Alice Campbell and Diane Paugh as children and youth did major music programs as well as worship anthems.
    Betty has been Church Organist for 40 years and plays piano and organ to accompany the Chancel Choir.  When not at the keyboard, Betty herself sings with the choir.  She is devoted to her FUMC family and serves in other ways besides church music, most notably doing banquets and dinners.  Betty says, "I love the Lord and will continue to serve the church and the Lord for as long as God allows."
 Pianist/Assistant Organist
Louise Dudgeon
    Louise was raised in a small Lutheran church within walking distance of the family  farm.  Music has always been a major part of Louise's life, beginning with piano lessons at age 10.  Already as a junior high student, Louise became the pianist for her Sunday school.
    Louise and her late husband, Bob, joined FUMC in 1973, and both were involved in a variety of the congregation's ministries and raised their 3 children in the church.  Louise taught the 5th/6th grade Sunday school class for a number of years, is a former director of Vacation Bible School, and organized the first "Fifth Quarter" outreach with the Freddies football team.  She has sung in the Chancel Choir for more than 30 years and often serves as choir accompanist.  She is the regular substitute organist and often plays the piano score for piano/organ preludes, offertories, and postludes.  Louise also provides solo service music from time to time.  She especially enjoys pairing the right "voice" on the Clavinova for these solo works.
    Louise says, "I've know God for a long time, but since I lost Bob so suddenly in 2012 I've become closer to the Lord.  I can say with honesty and fervor, God is good, every day!  I'm blessed to be part of such a vibrant and ever-growing church where I have the opportunity to worship and witness in many ways."