Meet Our Office Staff


  • Lead pastor


    Pastor melany Chalker       email:  Melany@umcmarshall.org

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


    Me? Well...I'm weird. Different. Odd...in 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)       EmAIL:   rAH@UMCMARSHALL.ORG

    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 Contemporary worship


    ROBERT COSTA                  EmAIL:   robert@UMCMARSHALL.ORG

    I am originally from the East Coast (Go Red Sox!). Tigers are pretty good too... unless they are playing the Red Sox, then all

    bets are off. My family moved to Michigan in 2000 when my father took a Senior Pastoral position in Metro Detroit and I fell in love with this state.


    I have been a music lover as long as I can remember. I got started by learning Saxophone at the age of 7 and continued along that route for about 8 years. I was really into Jazz and Gospel. That all changed one day when I picked up a guitar. I only wanted to learn one song, grabbed my mom’s old acoustic and got to work. Later that day my father said, “let’s get you an electric guitar for your birthday”, which happened to be the following week. We bought my first electric guitar the next day. He handed me a chord book along with a couple of songs and told me I was leading music that week at Bible study. And so it began...

    After that I played in multiple bands from gospel, rap/rock to Hard Rock! I received a guitar endorsement from Warrior Guitars and have opened for artists like Sanctus Real, Josh Gracin and even played the closing night of the DefHog East Coast tour in Massachusetts. (DefHog was the promoter of the Boston Music Festival)

    I love my job because I am able to do two things that I am passionate about. I get to play music and more importantly Worship our Lord and Savior. My job is fulfilling in that I do more than a performance but help lead people in worship so that they can have an experience with God!

    On a more personal note I like paintball, heavy metal, cooking, playing darts and taking my dog for walks.

  • Director of Traditional worship


    Ron Di Salvio                     EmAIL:   ron@UMCMARSHALL.ORG

    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.

  • DISCIPLESHIP DIRECTOr


    Matt West                           email:  matt@umcmarshall.org


     

    I've been given a GREAT opportunity to serve as the Discipleship Director at MUMC.  I'm also a Certified Candidate for Pastoral Ministry!  Which means I have answered a call be a pastor this last year.  My goal is to serve the church and the people of MUMC in the best way possible. 

    One of my favorite sayings I use with my players is... DREAM GREAT, BELIEVE GREAT, BE GREAT!!!!


    My hope is that, with the help of the members of MUMC, we can provide those that want a chance to grow and learn in a spritiual way the means to do so.  

  • ASSISTANT DISCIPLESHIP DIRECTOR


    Rachel  Labram                   email:  Rachel@umcmarshall.org

    Hey there! I started working at MUMC in September 2015. As the rookie on staff, I’ve learned a lot about our church, our community, Youth Ministry and myself! Being on “Team Discipleship” with Matt is the most rewarding and exciting job I have ever had. I plan and execute most of the programming for youth, grades 6-12. We’ve got an AWESOME group of young people in our congregation and community and I love spending time with them and helping facilitate their spiritual growth!


    When I’m not working here at the church I’m either working at my other job or spending time with my amazing family. I “moonlight” as a server at the Dark Horse. I’m the mommy of two beautiful boys and I have a fantastic, supportive husband, Ken, who helps me keep our crazy life in balance! Our family enjoys spending time outside, listening to and playing music, and Super Heroes!


    For more information about youth programs at MUMC, email me or come chat with me after church! Thanks!

  • FINANCIAL SECRETARY


    Becky Swaney                         email:  becky@umcmarshall.org

    I guess I’m the numbers person.  I have worked as the Financial Secretary at MUMC since January 1, 2000, prior to that I was secretary/booker at Trinity Episcopal Church here in Marshall for ten years.  I’ve enjoyed the challenge of keeping things straight, and love meeting all the people that come through the committees – someone new every year!

    Ron and I moved to Marshall in 1985 with our three children, Russ, Ray and Rhonda. Before going back to work I spent my time volunteering in the school system and coaching the kids, while trying to play myself – loved softball, volleyball, bowling and walking.

    I have been with the prayer shawl group since day one and for years enjoyed the Bell choir.  I enjoy my quiet time with a good book.