Meet Our MINISTRY Staff

  • Lead pastor

    Pastor melany Chalker 

    An artist by nature, a pastor by calling, a follower of Jesus by choice. 

    Me? Well...I'm weird. Different. a creative kind of a way. Silly. Peculiar. Introspective. Love life. Love my Darryl. Love flowers...especially fresh flowers in my garden. Love to loaf...sit in my yard...feel the wind. Love puddle jumping...especially with kids and elders. Love Jesus. He's awesome. He saved my life. Seriously. 

    Love my two grown sons. They are my heroes. Superman and Batman, all the way. Absolutely completely in love with my three grandsons and three princess granddaughters. They're the twinkle in my eye, the bounce in my step, and the beating of my heart. 

    Wish people would get along better and let the small stuff go. Life is too short here on earth to go through the day or week being angry, feeling lost, or thinking no one cares. I hope everyone I love, really knows I love them before I die. It would be a shame if they didn’t.

    I'm not a chaplain or theologian or even an academic. I am a writer, an artist, a photographer, a creator of experiences and moments. After being a professional artist and owning a gallery, I am now able to use art to peel another layer from our eyes and allow us to better grasp just who this Jesus is. I will likely offend you at some point, but never on purpose. I live in the grace God affords, and do my best to offer that same grace to you.  

  • Office Manager

    Ruth ann Holmes (Rah)      

    I started working at the church April 15, 1996 as the Secretary. In 1999 I became the Office Manager. I have found over the past 21 years I enjoy every avenue of what makes a church tick. Not coming from a Methodist background, I’ve been blessed to have a church congregation that has whole heartedly supported who I am as a person. My gifts are helping the people of this church and community. I have also found that being at the front line of one of the largest churches in the Conference is a large responsibility. I also know how important it is to be a good listener. Everyone comes to my office first. I am here for all the circles of life whether it be the birth of a child to the death of a loved one. I’ve watched people come and go, celebrations to tragedies, every day and every year. We all continuously need our faith to get by. Something to hold on to! Our church will continue to be that rock to hold the faith family and community together.

    I’ve been married 33 years to Bob Holmes and we have one Son Robert who is 30. Robert has blessed us with two beautiful grandchildren, Carsen Reed who will be 8 this year and Ryder Alan who will be 2 years old end of June.  I love Nascar, and yes, Dale Jr., GO 88! I dig a great Hockey game. GO WINGS! Michigan is my other love, whether it be basketball, football or anything Michigan. Woot Woot! I eat anything but fish! Of course fish is brain food, and I don’t eat it? When you call the church I answer the phone. This IS who I am: I love to laugh, I might even cry, but for me, life is good and I LOVE bringing me to you.

  • Director of Traditional worship

    Ron Di Salvio                    

    Ron Di Salvio is a true twenty-first century Renaissance man. Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946 he began his musical journey at the age of eleven studying accordion with Alexander Matos. At sixteen he studied jazz piano Improvisation with the legendary Lennie Tristano.

    A self taught composer, he formed a trio and performed his original compositions at numerous jazz clubs in New York’s Greenwich Village in the late sixties. During this time he shared the stage with Jazz Masters Sonny Rollins, Art Farmer, Joe Henderson, Jimmy Cobb and Enrico Rava.

    Ron left New York in 1970 and moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  In 1981 Ron moved to Homer, Michigan where he currently resides. He is currently an adjunct music professor at Kalamazoo College and Director of Music at the Marshall United Methodist Church.


    Rachel  Labram               

    I love this church. I love the Marshall community. I love the Lord our God! Combine all of these beloved things, and what have you got? -- A passion for building relationships, a passion for helping people grow in faith, and a passion to help you and your family on your spiritual  journey! 

    I have two amazing sons (Brennan and Brody) and fantastic, supportive husband (Ken) who helps me keep our crazy life in balance! Our family enjoys adventuring in the out-of-doors and spending time together.

    For more information about Discipleship Ministries at MUMC, including Youth and Kidz programs, email me at