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.
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.”
Staff Support for Youth Ministries
A lifelong Presbyterian, I became a member here at RGPC in 1998, thanks to my husband, CJ. One of the things about this congregation that always stands out for me is our ministry with youth and young adults. The program here serves young people not only in their grade school and teen years, but also into college and beyond. It’s really exciting to see how many young adults are part of our Young Adult Fellowship (YAF)—especially knowing that this is a time in life when so many are absent from involvement in any congregation.
I’ve served on several committees here at RGPC, been part of our Session (church board), and even worked on the search committee that found our current senior pastor. But the greatest fulfillment I’ve found is in being involved in the lives of the next generation, those youth and young adults whose “feet” will help blaze the path for the future of this congregation. When I was asked to serve on the staff team leading the middle school and high school youth groups, it felt like a natural next step for me. I’m really looking forward to working with Jason and Amanda in this incredible ministry!
I have a very supportive and encouraging husband, CJ. Our daughter Clara (11) and son Joel (9) bring so much to our family—including a crazy schedule that comes with Clara’s dance rehearsals and Joel’s football, basketball, and baseball games. I enjoy time at the gym, volunteering at the children’s school, and working in the yard. Just as important, I’ve enjoyed and grown beyond measure from the personal relationships that have developed with so many member of the RGPC family. I know they will be life long, as all things founded in Christ are. What a blessing our church home is.
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.
Director of Music
Paula wears many hats hear at Rosedale Gardens Church and you can bet they are all MUSICAL! Her broad experience in directing choirs, mentoring singers and providing grand performances for our congregation keeps her many choirs on their toes ringing and singing! We are so pleased to have her talents land at Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church. She has degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education as well as many hours of continuing education. Her most recent accomplishment is Certification from the AGEHR, the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers.
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.
Children's Handbells Directortconrad@rosedalegardens.org
Director, Grace Notesmadams@rosedalegardens.org
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.