Pastor Kellie Whitlock
Rev. Kellie Ann Whitlock was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin but grew up on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. She completed her undergraduate work in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and attended McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois to receive her Master’s in Divinity. Upon ordination in 1992, Kellie was called to the Allen Park Presbyterian Church, in Allen Park, Michigan, where she served for nine years as Associate Minister. Kellie joined the staff at Rosedale Gardens Presbyterian Church (RGPC) in 2001 where she served in the position of Associate Pastor for 15 years until November 1, 2016 when she became the Pastor, Head of Staff. Kellie also graduated from Madonna University in 2004, earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology, LLP.
Kellie has a passion and energy for the ministry that comes from a deep sense of call. “I have the blessing of spending my life loving and serving Jesus Christ, and loving and serving his people here at RGPC.” She looks forward to the next season in her ministry at RGPC, as together they continue to honor their 88-year history and move into the future with excitement as a missional congregation with a new vision of being a “mission station” in the neighborhood and community, exploring the many possibilities for mission and outreach.
Kellie has also served the Presbytery of Detroit by sitting on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry six years and is now in her fifth year on The Pastoral Response Team. Kellie joined Livonia Cares in 2015 and is a board member. In recent years, Kellie has discovered the humble privilege of serving those who serve in the military, first responders and their families. In October of 2016 Kellie became a peer editor for Homiletics, a preaching, liturgy and biblical commentary journal.
Kellie lives in Livonia with her husband Marc Whitlock. She has three children, Rachel, Matt and Macaylah.
Dr. Kate Mackie
Commissioned Pastor and 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 completed her Commissioned Pastor certification through the Presbytery of Detroit and was commissioned in March 2018.
Dr. 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.
Director of Children's and Family Ministries
Lisa was born and raised in Livonia and grew up attending St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. She enjoys many happy memories of her years growing up at St. Paul’s. It was here where she discovered her love for teaching and children. At St. Paul’s, Lisa taught children of various ages for over 10 years.
Lisa attended The University of Michigan-Dearborn where she earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education with a specialized degree in early childhood education. In addition, she earned a graduate degree from Marygrove College focusing on teaching, curriculum and assessment. Over the years, Lisa has taught children in various grades as well as directing an early childhood center. Prior to her position at Rosedale Gardens, Lisa was employed by Schoolcraft College. During her time at Schoolcraft College, she taught kindergarten, preschool as well as mentoring student teachers. Lisa was also an adjunct faculty member at the college teaching various education courses.
Lisa and her husband Mark are parents of two children, Justin and Jamie, in-laws to Colleen and Scott, and grandparents to Ella. Lisa feels extremely blessed that God has led her to this ministry at RGPC.
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 owned and operated 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, Nathan, and Hannah. Laura is very excited to be part of the Rosedale staff.
Barbara (Babs) 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.
Kim has been the Financial Secretary here at RGPC since 2001. With a BS from Central Michigan University, an MBA from Lawrence Technological University, and many years of public and corporate accounting work, she brings lots of accounting knowledge and experience to the job. She also works for Cole, Newton & Duran, a local CPA firm in Livonia. She grew up in this church and loves being part of the RGPC staff team. Kim lives in Livonia with her two daughters and enjoys wine tasting, the beaches of Lake Michigan, bike riding, scrapbooking, and spending time with friends and family.
Sandy continues to be amazed and grateful for the opportunity to learn and share wonderful music with her church family. In 1980, due to a bout with severe tendonitis, she 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, Sandy made her way from the piano bench to the organ bench. Without that unexpected shift from her first love to her next love, she would never have been prepared or qualified to serve as organist with this congregation. Sandy says that at Rosedale, she has grown as a person and as a musician, introduced her oldest grandchildren to a community of faith, developed precious friendships, continues to work with incredible and dedicated staff, and met her husband, John. She enjoys walking with friends, swimming, various forms of needlework, live theatre, her five grandchildren and one great grand, cooking with her husband, preparing dinner for friends or introducing them to the ever-burgeoning Detroit restaurant scene, and collecting pottery.
Director of Adult Handbell Choir
Born into the life of this church, Jason was highly involved in the Sunday school, music, and youth group programs. He began playing hand bells at the age of eight and has been playing in some capacity for the past three decades.
After high school graduation, he began teaching the middle school Sunday school class, directing the beginning chime choir, and advising the middle school youth group while he studied secondary education at Eastern Michigan University. Upon college graduation, Jason began working with the high school youth group as a sponsor and a co-leader and eventually served as the interim youth director.
As a member of the congregation, he has served this congregation as a youth and new member mentor, an elder, the co-chair for the Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC), and in any way Pastor Kellie encourages. email@example.com
Sandy joined RGPC in 2016 and joined the House Committee shortly after. She is retired but previously worked at Volkswagen then Blue Cross Blue Shield and was a Team Leader over a group of IT professionals concentrating on systems administration. The expertise she brings to this table is in the realm of renovation and maintenance as she has owned 15+ homes and condominiums over the years, some of which were bought just to fix up and sell as a hobby. Because of that, she has hands-on experience in painting, flooring, electrical, plumbing, windows, doors, as well as contract negotiations. Sandy also served on the Board of Directors at Pendleton Club Condominiums which is a senior community in Farmington Hills for 5+ years, most recently as Board President.
Sandy has raised her brother’s three children Sarah, Elizabeth and John due to their mom passing away from cancer when they were young. They all have children now, so she is a great aunt as well. Everyone including their friends, and regardless of their age, calls her “Auntie,” but we just call her Sandy, and sometimes, “Handy Sandy.” This past year, Sandy had a pandemic wedding and is now blessed to be married to her long-time life partner.
Grace attends Franklin High School. She is involved in many groups and teams such as Girls Varsity Pom, Girls Varsity Bowling, Student Congress, and National Honor Society. Grace has a passion for working with children and is so happy to join Rosedale’s nursery. Her favorite hobbies are camping, boating, and hanging out with friends and family. She has been a member at St. Michaels Church ever since she was born. Grace is very excited to join Rosedale and can’t wait to meet all the little ones!
RGPC has been Leslie’s church home since 1971. She has been involved in many committees and activities including Planning, Membership, Stewardship, Administration and Finance, Sunday School teacher, and Sunday School Superintendent. She is currently on the board of Deacons and the Endowment Committee. Starting n the fall of 2021, Leslie will be an on Session serving as an elder for the Administration and Finance Committee. She also in the adult Bell Choir and runs the sound board on alternating Sundays.
Leslie has three adult children and two grandchild. She is currently a director for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and oversees a team of computer programmers. She has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science Administration in Information Resource Management, both from Central Michigan University.
Leslie has been the Wedding Coordinator since 2011. She feels it is an honor to help young couples start off their lives together in the church.
Gretchen has spent most of her life in Livonia, graduating from Franklin High School and then attending Wayne State University.
Gretchen was the bartender at Herc’s Roast Beef & Spirits for 25 years and then went on to open her own business doing title research for the next seven years. After that, it was back to restaurants, however, in the meantime, she wrote a U.S. patent and a novel.
In 2007, Gretchen started attending RGPC regularly and has since participated as an usher, layreader, deacon and staff position of kitchen coordinator.
Backup Weekend Custodian
Joe officially joined the staff of Rosedale as the Weekend Assistant Janitor in the fall of 2020. He has been a member of the Rosedale family since he was in third grade and has been very active in all areas of the church. Joe is an amazing big brother to Olivia, Alex and Jace. He loves dogs, driving, and hanging out with friends. Joe is attending college to study accounting and eventually own his own business.