Rev. Dr. Matt Hadley joined ECUMC on July 1, 2023 and it is our pleasure to welcome him to our congregation and community. Pastor Matt began in ministry serving as a Youth Director for a large church in Madison. From there he went to Washington DC to attend Wesley Theological Seminary. He was ordained in the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference where he served two different urban congregations. When his first child was born, he and his wife moved back home to Wisconsin. He has been based in Wisconsin serving churches in the conference for the last 25 years. He started with a small church in the Elkhorn area, then was Senior Pastor at Stillwaters in Jackson for 14 years and most recently served as Senior Pastor at Whitefish Bay United Methodist Church.
In his words … I have a heart for God and a heart for people. It is my calling to meet people right where they are and introduce them to the love grace of God. “Be kind, everyone is fighting a great battle” & “If you can laugh at yourself no one can laugh at you, only with you- which is twice as fun”.
On a personal note, he and his wife Janet have two grown daughters, one of whom is a teacher in Menomonee Falls and the other is in graduate school at Madison. He enjoys golf, travel, and supporting Wisconsin professional and collegiate sports.
Director of Discipleship Ministries
Janet is a life-long United Methodist, actively participating and filling leadership roles in several congregations in New England before moving to Wisconsin in 2018 and joining the ECUMC staff in 2020. Janet is passionate about the Church and engaging in opportunities to grow in faith. Ever since her undergraduate days at Mount Union College, she has taught youth and adult Sunday School and Bible studies and been involved in prayer ministries.
Janet began her career as an English teacher at Lexington Christian Academy in Massachusetts, but, after taking time off when her children were young, she returned to the workforce in office management. Her desire to learn and discover fuels her love of conversation, reading, and travel. Janet, her husband Bryan, and their two adult children have enjoyed discovering the beauty of Wisconsin – the Dells, Door County, Devil’s Lake, the Apostle Islands – and the wonderful Wisconsin treats of brats, frozen custard, and Kringles! They also enjoy the rich theater and music landscape of Milwaukee, which provides inspiration for their singing quartet.
Director of Music and Director of Youth Ministries
Bill graduated from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, with a BA in Vocal Performance. He started his directing career at a small ELCA church in Sioux City and also directed a Presbyterian church choir in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Shortly after moving to Wisconsin, he became active in the music program at ECUMC and has been directing the Chancel Choir since 1992. He has added the Men’s Choir, Women’s Choir, and the children’s music opportunities to his directing duties as well as chairing the music ministries team. He finds it very rewarding to see the choir members grow in their musical abilities and in their faith.
When not directing the choirs, Bill loves to sing, cook, and fish with his wife Ellen. He also enjoys concerts and attending musical theater productions. Together, Bill and Ellen love to sing with the Sunshine Singers and enjoy traveling and camping at many of the Wisconsin state parks. They also enjoy cooking for their children, Josh, Katie and Krissy, family, friends and special events throughout the year. Sing Every Day!
Organist, Piano, Keyboard & Accompanist
Abbey has over 10 years of musical experience at local churches. Abbey and her family live in the Falls.
Mattie retired from the City of Milwaukee Housing Authority in 2016 after 23 years in her Senior Project Manager role. Following retirement, Mattie spent time doing some traveling, connecting and visiting with friends and family, and volunteering at her Church and the Ronald McDonald House. Excited about this opportunity, Mattie is looking forward to working for ECUMC and brings a wealth of administrative knowledge and experience. Mattie holds a Bachelor of Science in Office Administration from Alcorn State University. She enjoys shopping, fellowship, and traveling.
Director of Faith Nurture Ministries
In this role, Ethan provides leadership and vision to whole-family programs, educations, and connections. His major duties and responsibilities include: Coordinate and equip volunteers who will mentor and lead Sunday School (Nursery through grade 12) and who will engage all ages with interactive faith nurture activities during weekly worship. Additionally, work with the Lead Pastor to develop faith nurturing activities for families worshiping during the Celebration Worship service.
Ethan has a Bachelors of science degree in Pastoral Ministry and had an internship under Pastor Quanstrom during his college life. He has served as a preaching ambassador and traveled throughout the Midwest as pulpit supply within the Nazarene denomination. Also, he was one of five preachers that was sent into the west side of Glacier national park during the summer of 2019, where he would preach to tourists, locals, and seasonal workers. The ministry within the park was quite restrained due to laws pertaining to the separation of church and state, but outside the park they hosted and got together with some of the locals to support both parties in the persistence of our faiths within the remote parts of Montana. He continues to work with church youth group on a day-to-day work, as well as going to summer camp with them twice as a leader.
Ministry Support Staff:
Patti Rohr, Janitor
David Rohr, Handyman
Ashley Rusch, Nursery Coordinator
Renee Rusch, Nursery Coordinator
Amy Bell, Director of Rainbow Ringers (youth-aged bell choir)
Kathy Kamps, Director of Spirit Ringers (adult bell choir)
Laura Hohl, Director of Jesus and Me Musically (JaMM), (a younger-ages children’s choir for 3 years-1st grade)
Bill Follmann, Director of Serving the Lord and Making Music (SLaMM,) (an older-ages children’s choir for 2nd-5th Grade)
Kristin Selear, Amy Schlotthauer, Accompanists for JaMM and SLaMM