Staff of Mt. Hope UMC

  • Rob

    Senior Pastor

    Rob Cook grew up in DeWitt, MI. Rob has been in ministry for 15 years years and has a passion for helping people, promoting social justice, improving the community. U of M fan (don't hold that against him).

  • Eric

    Associate Pastor of Children, Youth, and Families

    Eric Mulanda is originally from the Congo, studied in Zimbabwe, and just completed his graduate studies in Chicago. Speaks 5 languages, so he's bound to know yours!

  • Jennifer

    Director of Music

    Jennifer Sengin is from New Jersey, and directs the Chancel Choir at our 9:30 worship service when she is not pursuing her doctoral studies at Michigan State University.

  • JAcob

    Band Leader

    Jacob Garcia leads our house band at the 11:00 service. He loves music and has enough versatility to go from rap to Johnny Cash.

  • Natalia


    Natalia Bezuglova is a Russian-born pianist residing in the US since 2010. She is an active solo performer, member of chamber music groups, accompanist, organist and a piano instructor. She performed in Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Austria, Russia and United States. She debuted on a professional stage with Rostov State Symphony Orchestra at the age of 10.

    For more about me visit My Website  

  • Regina

    Office Administrative Assistant

    Regina Miller keeps the constant flow of people, projects, and programs running smoothly all week long in the church office. 

  • Audrey

    Senior Coordinator

    Audrey Putman runs our many programs for seniors. From Adventure Group to Senior Exercise, you'll find Audrey keeping everyone active and connected.

  • Robert

    Building Superintendent

    Robert Young organizes and cares for our 100 year old building and grounds. He is also a trained aviation mechanic and enjoys Japanese culture. Konnichiwa.

  • Mike

    Financial Secretary

    Mike Plotnick keeps our financial records in order. He is always available to answer questions and get you set up to receive receipts from your charitable giving to the church.  

  • Virginia

    Evening Receptionist

    Virginia Cullen will often be the person you see letting you into the building for evening events. When she's not working, you'll find her watching and caring for wildlife around her home.

  • Felix

    Bus Driver

    Felix Miller holds a steady hand to the driving wheel of our church bus while driving families in from all parts of town. Also the person to call if you want to play pickup basketball in our gym!