Staff

Pam Gunderson : Director of Children's Ministries

Pam Gunderson

Director of Children's Ministries

"Miss Pam" Gunderson has been a member of Rosedale since 2006. For the past 2 years she has been on staff as Music support for Children's Ministries along with being very active in the music program at church. Pam has earned a Bachelor's of Music Education (with focus in instrumental music) from Eastern Michigan University in 2004. She has also started her Master's Degree from Concordia University in Educational Leadership and Administration. Teaching in the public schools for 6 years, Pam has taught everything from Kindergarten vocal music to high school marching band. She is very excited about starting as your new Director of Children's Ministries and looking forward to serving the children and families of RGPC.

pgunderson@rosedalegardens.org


Kate Mackie : Director of Youth Ministries

Kate Mackie

Director of Youth Ministries

Kate joins the RGPC Youth Ministry Staff after a decade of volunteer service at nearby St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church – the congregation in which she was born and raised.  Since 2003, she has worked as both a middle school and high school youth advisor where she was responsible for Sunday School and youth group activities, including planning and leading mission trips and retreats.  Kate has also led many Sunday School programs for all ages, planned and led Wednesday Evening fellowship programs, written VBS curriculum, and led Sunday worship as both liturgist and preacher.  An ordained Elder and Deacon in the PC(USA), Kate served under the title of Volunteer Staff at St. Paul’s for the past 3 years, serving with the Faith Formation Committee as well as Technology Arts in designing screens for weekly worship.  A native of Farmington Hills, Kate attended Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in English and eventually earned a Masters of Science in Sports Management at Georgia Southern University.   After spending a few years as a college softball and basketball coach, Kate soon responded to the call to seminary and is currently attending Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit.  Kate will be graduating in June, 2014, with her Doctorate of Ministry Degree. And in her free time? “When not hanging out with the youth or working on my dissertation," Kate notes, "I enjoy vegetable gardening, cooking, playing board and card games, mountain biking, kayaking, and long walks on the beach.”

kmackie@rosedalegardens.org


Steven H. Olsen : Director of Music

Steven H. Olsen

Director of Music

Steve began his ministry here in September 2014 as Chancel Choir Director. In February 2015 he became Director of Music. He is a “P.K.” (Pastor’s Kid), and so pleased that his mom and dad still support him from the Presbyterian Village in Westland. After growing up in church and camps, he graduated from Houghton College in 1978 with a degree in Music Education / Voice. After teaching and working full time in a church, he went back to school as a graduate assistant and received a Master of Music Performance / Choral Conducting in 1987 from Georgia State University. He’s been in church work and teaching music K-college since then. Steve has been blessed with a wonderful family: wife Marilee, also a music teacher and church musician; son Christopher, married and teaching high school choir in New York; and daughter Maribeth, also teaching music K-8 in Canton. Steve is Choral Director at Garden City High School and President of Shotime Productions LLC. He loves to travel, and his choirs have sung in many places in the U.S. and in Europe. As Steve says, “There are always great stories to share and a song that needs to be sung.” He’s so pleased that God has given him the opportunity to be part of the music program at RGPC and says, “See you in church!”

solsen@rosedalegardens.org


Barbara Pearson : Executive Secretary

Barbara Pearson

Executive Secretary

Barbara (Babs) Pearson is the Office Administrator for Rosedale Gardens. She is responsible for the day to day running of the office, calendar scheduling, membership records, and bulletin, as well as, newsletter publication. She has been a church member for several years and is involved with many committees within the church.

bpearson@rosedalegardens.org


Sandy Main-Niemisto : Organist

Sandy Main-Niemisto

Organist

I continue to be amazed and grateful for the opportunity to learn and share wonderful music with my church family. In 1980, due to a bout with severe tendonitis, I had to put aside piano for several years and eventually found the organ. During five years of private lessons with 3 wonderful organists/teachers, all U-M graduates in organ performance, I made my way from the piano bench to the organ bench. Without that unexpected shift from my first love to my next love, I would never have been prepared or qualified to serve as organist with this congregation. Here I have grown as a person and as a musician, have introduced my oldest grandchildren to a community of faith, have developed precious friendships, continue to work with incredible and dedicated staff, met my husband, John.

I enjoy swimming, various forms of needlework, live theatre, five grandchildren, cooking, preparing dinner for friends, collecting pottery.

My favorite part of every Sunday is the privilege to lead and share in congregational singing. I believe Jesus’ promise that He comes when we gather in His name. We have the honor of singing to Him, giving up our praise, encouraging one another with our voices. My prayer and goal is to lead corporate singing in a way that inspires, that causes the singers to interact with familiar text in a new way. And because Jesus comes among us in our gathering we have the opportunity and the challenge to never be the same for having been together with each other and with our Savior, to allow Him to change us. Every time. Thanks be to God.

smain-niemisto@rosedalegardens.org


Tracey Conrad : Children's Handbells Director

Tracey Conrad

Children's Handbells Director

tconrad@rosedalegardens.org


Mark Adams : Worship Music Specialist

Mark Adams

Worship Music Specialist

madams@rosedalegardens.org


Kim Lubig : Financial Secretary

Kim Lubig

Financial Secretary

I’ve been Financial Secretary here at RGPC since 2001. With a BS from Central Michigan University, an MBA from Lawrence Technological University, and fourteen years of public and corporate accounting positions, I’m able to bring lots of accounting knowledge and experience to my job!

I’m married, and have two beautiful daughters, Shannon and Kristen. As a soccer and theater mom, I spend a lot of my free time driving the girls around town – but I also enjoy reading, scrapbooking, and just relaxing with my family.

I grew up in this congregation, and it’s a real joy to be part of the staff team here at RGPC.

klubig@rosedalegardens.org


Dan Samland : Custodian

Dan Samland

Custodian

Dan joined the Rosedale staff in 1978, and served as custodian for 34+ years, retiring in December 2012. But he couldn't stay away, so he rejoined the staff team in March 2014 as part-time custodian in charge of facility maintenance—and we are glad to have him back! A devoted Detroit sports fan, Dan will happily discuss the Red Wings’ prospects, and just as happily share his doubts about the Tigers’ coming season. Dan and his wife Tina will celebrate their 28th anniversary in 2015. Their son Justin and his wife Mandy have blessed them with two grandchildren, Max and Melody.




Joe Kosinski : Custodian

Joe Kosinski

Custodian




Christina Walrad : Ministry Intern

Christina Walrad

Ministry Intern

I was raised in Livonia and graduated from Churchill High School in 2014. I became a member of Rosedale Church in 2013 at the age of seventeen along with my parents and younger brother, and have loved being a part of this family ever since. I was baptized as an infant at Kirk of Our Savior Presbyterian Church in Westland and grew up at Ward Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Northville. I have just completed my freshman year at Central Michigan University, where I am pursuing a degree in psychology. At the completion of my undergraduate degree I plan attend seminary to pursue a Master’s of Divinity, and ultimately pursue a career in ministry. I am excited for the opportunity to learn from and serve my church this summer.