Chad Parmalee, Lead Pastor
Pastor Chad Parmalee was appointed to serve Battle Creek Chapel Hill UMC in July of 2013 after previously serving Jackson, Brookside UMC for the previous 8 years. He and his family entered ministry full-time after a 15 year career in Business. Chad was raised predominately in the Roman Catholic tradition until his late 20’s when he and his wife Roschenne and their two daughters joined the United Methodist Church in 1995. Chad and his family served the church in many ways as lay members as God was revealing a call to pastoral ministry and leadership. Chad and Roschenne served together as Directors of Youth Ministries for Sycamore Creek Church in Lansing for 1 year prior to Chad being appointed full-time in Jackson, MI.
Chad graduated of Michigan State University in 1989 with a degree in Trumpet Performance, received his license to preach in November 2004 and finished seminary in May of 2013 at Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Pastor Chad takes a personal, practical approach to preaching, seeking to reveal ways the Scriptures can apply in our daily, all too human lives. He embraces the diversity of thought that comes from living in community with all others who are seeking to know God. Both Church growth and individual spiritual growth are dependent upon relationship, ours with God and ours with each other lived out in the grace of Jesus Christ.
Rev. David L. Morton, Pastor of Mission & Outreach
I serve as the Pastor of Mission and Outreach. I have traveled widely on behalf of the Mission of the Church, including seven countries in Asia and five countries in Africa. I have participated in, or led, mission teams in Honduras, Mexico, Haiti and Guatemala. Currently there are teams scheduled for UMCOR Sager-Brown Distribution Center in Louisiana (May 2017) and Guatemala (Salud y Paz) in October 2017. The Volunteer in Mission (VIM) experience is life-changing as persons work with others of another culture.
As an avid photographer, I find renewed focus in people and the world in which we live. I have been privileged to serve 11 different parishes under appointment and as a Staff Chaplain for Battle Creek Health System. My time at Chapel Hill UMC since 1997 has been fulfilling… experiencing ways in which persons use their talents and gifts to make a difference in the world in which we live.
The Apostle Paul’s statement in Philippians 4:16, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” is a verse that gives me much encouragement.
The other encourager in my life is Carrie, my wife and partner in ministry for 29 years. We share life and love with five children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Amy Brevitz, Director of Worship
Amy was hired in 2011 as Director of Children’s Ministries and moved to her current position in 2013. She directs all aspects of Worship Arts at Chapel Hill, to include the Chancel Choir, the Praise Team, the Worship Design Team, the Technical Arts Team and Altar Design. Amy grew up at Chapel Hill, and is proud to say she was baptized, confirmed, met her husband and got married, all at Chapel Hill! She is a member of The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and Worship Arts. Having studied music at both Kellogg Community College and Olivet College, she brings a varied background to her job, having worked and volunteered at many different churches around the world as the spouse of an active duty US Marine. From 2005-2009, Amy and her family were blessed to be a part of a group of 8 founding families of a brand new United Methodist church on Lady’s Island, South Carolina, that is still growing and thriving 10 years later. In 2009, her husband retired after 21 years in the Marine Corps and they returned to Battle Creek. In addition to her husband, her family includes their two children, Colin and Jenna, both college students, and an adorable Shih Tzu named Bailey.
Janet Wilson, Director of Congregational Development
Janet is a Battle Creek native and 15-year member of Chapel Hill, serving on staff since 2010. She has a B.S.in Chemistry and a M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Leadership. A long and winding life journey has involved work as a pharmacy technician, roofer, chemist and business owner, time lived on a sailboat, the joy of raising two daughters (now 26 and 30), the challenges of divorce and cancer – and the gift of a second marriage to Mark and the arrival of a third bonus daughter (27). She enjoys gardening, floating in water anywhere, friends, laughter, a good book, and quite spaces to reflect. Her passion is for the story of each person and for Christ’s work in the lives of people on their own long and winding journeys. She is currently in the ministerial candidacy process of the United Methodist Church.
Carrie D. Morton, Church Administrator
On December 1, 1987, I stepped into the very capable shoes of the retiring Betty Ammon, in the position of Secretary. I worked from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., a perfect schedule for a parent of two elementary school children. The congregation was just finishing a monumental building project and I was graced with a brand new office area by the end of January.
The job of Secretary has, over these years, become a full-time ministry of Church Administration. The grace and forgiveness afforded me over the years by staff and church members have been life-giving. Most of all, God’s hand in all that was, is, and forever will be, shapes and sustains my life.
I am married to Rev. David L. Morton, who serves here at Chapel Hill as Pastor of Mission and Outreach. We have five children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren… and our adopted black lab/terrior mix, Zed. We enjoy a busy life in ministry together, and find rest and renewal in traveling, camping and our family cottage in northern Michigan.
A longing exists within me, not to be successful, but to be faithful… faithful to a calling described by Saint Francis of Assisi… “Preach the Gospel at all times and when necessary use words.” Thank you, Chapel Hill, for being the church of Jesus Christ for this one sojourner among you.