Rev. Dr. Keith O. Provost
Keith O. Provost was born and raised in the Detroit area. He graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor Science in Personnel Management. Subsequently he received his Master’s in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from Wayne State University. In 2007 he received his M.Div. from McCormick Theological Seminary. While in seminary Keith served as an intern at Littlefield Presbyterian Church in Dearborn, Michigan. He also completed his Clinical Pastoral Education at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn.
Before being called to ministry Keith worked in the private sector and served as the chief business official in a number of school districts in the Metropolitan Detroit area.
Prior to coming to the Rosedale Garden Presbyterian Keith served for over four years as Temporary Supply Associate Pastor at Kirk in the Hills. His duties included Outreach and Mission, and serving as the clergy staff for the Deacons, Trustees and Stewardship Committee. He has also served as the Temporary Pastor at Lincoln Park Presbyterian and First Presbyterian of Farmington. He also was Parish Associate for Allen Park Presbyterian. Keith is a retired member of the Detroit Presbytery and is former member of the Committee on Ministry.
Keith was an active member of Allen Park Presbyterian Church for over 40 years prior to his ordination in December 2007. While a member he served as an Elder, Deacon, and as a Trustee serving in leadership capacities on all three boards. Keith was elected by the congregation to serve on two pastor nominating committees.
While Keith was an undergraduate student at Wayne State University he met Mary Lou, his wife of over 43 years. They have three grown children, Dr. Elayne Provost who lives with her family in Towson, MD, Marie Burkholder who lives in Holland, MI with her family, and Nathan who lives in Lakeland, FL with his wife. Keith and Mary Lou have five grandchildren.
Director of Youth Ministries
Kate joined the RGPC Youth Ministry Staff in 2013 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 has served under the title of Volunteer Staff at St. Paul’s for 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 Bachelor’s of Arts in English and eventually earned a Master’s 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 into the seminary and graduated in 2014 with a Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit where she currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the doctoral program. Kate has completed her Commissioned Ruling Elder certification through the Presbytery of Detroit and has plans to be commissioned in the spring of 2018.
Robert K. Seymour
Director of Congregational Care
Robert K. Seymour, MA., D. Min., L.L.P.C., was born and raised in the metropolitan Detroit area and is a graduate of Livonia Franklin High School. He is a graduate of the University of Detroit, receiving both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture. After a 35 year career as a registered architect, Bob began a second career in ministry. He received a MA in Pastoral Counseling from Ashland Seminary, and a Doctorate of Ministry from Ecumenical Theological Seminary. Bob is an ordained Deacon and Ruling Elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He has worked for the past 22 years in the area of grief support and grief therapy. Bob serves as Chaplain at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, responsible for Pastoral Care. Additionally, he served as the Executive Director of the Dearborn Pastoral Counseling Center, as an Associate Professor at Ashland Seminary, and as the pastor of local ecumenical churches.
Bob is a member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church where he met and married Wanda (the Business Administrator). Wanda brought two grown children to their marriage. Jennifer, who lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and Bryan, who lives in Walled Lake, Michigan. Together Bob and Wanda have five beautiful grandchildren.
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.
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, scrap-booking, 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!
Director of Communication and Technology
Laura joins the Rosedale staff as the director of communication and technology. Laura was raised in Livonia and is currently raising her family here as well. She has a bachelor’s in journalism from Michigan State University along with a specialization in dance. She has previously worked in marketing and public relations at Madonna University and currently owns and operates a dance studio in Livonia. She is an active PTSA member at Franklin High School and does voluntary public relations for local organizations.
Laura grew up in the Presbyterian faith attending our sister church, St. Paul’s. She is grateful for the wonderful pastors and Sunday school teachers she has had growing up and in her adult life. She is raising her family as Presbyterians and feels very blessed to have a wonderful church family – lifelong friendships and examples of God’s love in the flesh.
Laura and her husband, Michael, are parents of three children - Andrew, 11th grade, Nathan, 9th grade, and Hannah, kindergarten. Laura is very excited to join the staff of Rosedale.
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, living in Colorado. Steve is the Auditorium Manager at Livonia Franklin 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!”
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.
Director of Adult Handbell Choir
A member of Rosedale since 2006, Pam Gunderson has been directing the Campanelle Adult Hand Bell Choir since 2014. Pam earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (with focus in instrumental music) from Eastern Michigan University in 2004 and has also started her Master's Degree from Concordia University in Educational Leadership and Administration. Pam is also a teacher at Summit Academy in Romulus where she teaches kindergarten through 5th grade music as well as Beginning Band.
Director of Children and Youth Bells
Katy Davis is our new Director of Children and Youth Bells, replacing Tracey Conrad who has been our Director for the past 13 years. Katy was born in Southfield and grew up in Livonia, and has attended Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church for the past 11 years. She graduated from Livonia Franklin High School and is currently pursuing a degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Eastern Michigan University. She is also working at Gretchen's House Childcare Centers as a substitute teacher. In her spare time, Katy loves listening to all music, watching most movies, and knitting during both. She feels delighted and blessed by this opportunity to serve her church's children, and by extension, her congregation.
Dakaria was born and grew up in Detroit and graduated from Lutheran High School East. After high school and working different jobs, he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Texas where he worked as an Aerospace Ground Mechanic. Dakaria is married to Rochelle and they have three children Raysahn, Reagan and Reyna. He loves watching movies, playing games (Xbox One fan), taking trips and cooking. He has been a member of El Bethelel Church ever since he can remember and says his pastor Lawrence Glass is a great person! In Darkaria’s words “I am looking forward to being a part of this great staff and to continue making this a beautiful place for you to come worship and fellowship.”
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 30th anniversary in 2017. Their son Justin and his wife Mandy have blessed them with two grandchildren, Max and Melody.