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. She has been employed by Schoolcraft College since 2002. During her time at Schoolcraft College, she taught preschool, kindergarten, and served as a mentor teacher for new education students. Lisa is also an adjunct faculty member at the college teaching various education courses.
Lisa has been married to Mark since 1985. Together they have two children, Justin and Jamie. Lisa feels extremely blessed that God has led her to this ministry at RGPC.
Steven H. Olsen
Director of Chancel Choir
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!”
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.
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.
Interim Director of Adult Handbell Choir
As a former RGPC adult bells director, Millie is serving as the interim director during the search for a new permanent director.
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.
Sandy continues 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, 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 enjoy swimming, various forms of needlework, live theatre, her five grandchildren, cooking, preparing dinner for friends,and collecting pottery.
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, etc., and have negotiated contracts with trades people. Sandy also served on the Board of Directors of Pendleton Club Condominiums for 2+ years, working to maintain and improve the property through hands-on work as well as contract negotiations.
Sandy has never been married, but 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 can call her Sandy.
Weekend Assistant Janitorial Custodian
Jarrett became a member of RGPC in 2015 when he was confirmed though the church. This is his first job but he is excited and ready to be a part of the RGPC staff. Although this is his first official job, he has gained experience working at home and as a volunteer. Jarrett lives at home with his family: his mom, Michelle; dad, Jeff; two older brothers, Justin and James; and his little sister, Nicole. He has a passion for music and academics. Jarrett aspires to have a career in medicine. He is very eager to work as the weekend assistant janitorial custodian and appreciates the opportunity to work in such an incredible and welcoming environment.
Karen came with her parents, Carol & Dick Aspery, to Rosedale at the age of four. She has worked in the nursery for over 20 years. She was married to Chuck at Rosedale in 1996, and all three of their children (Amber, Brooke and Connor) have been baptized and are active in the church. Karen enjoys theater, camping, playing board games, crafting and spending time with their Maltipoo, Dusty.
Ella is the granddaughter of our wonderful organist, Sandy Main-Niemisto. She also works at the Children’s Place and is a student at Schoolcraft College studying to become a paraprofessional in young education. Ella loves to read and write.
Alex graduated from Garden City High School in 2018 and currently attends Schoolcraft College where she is part of the Honors Program. She has played volleyball her whole life and is now the head volleyball coach at Garden City Middle School. Alex loves watching movies, football and basketball, and she loves bowling! She was born and raised at Rosedale and was very involved in the youth group growing up. She loves being able to work with kids and is very excited to be a part of the RGPC staff!