Who We Are
PASTOR GREGG MAYBERRY (send email)
Pastor Mayberry grew up in Columbiaville, Michigan and graduated from LakeVille High School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Michigan (Flint) and a Master of Divinity from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
His ministerial service began with a Student Appointment during his last year of seminary, serving a three point charge (the Chatham Charge) in Ohio. His full-time ministry began with an appointment to the Wesley United Methodist Church in Iron River, Michigan (1984-1990) and continued with his second appointment in Caseville, Michigan (1990-1998). His third appointment was in Milford, Michigan where he served for a record-setting 13 years (1998-2011) before being appointed to the Caro UMC (2011-2016). In 2016, Pastor Mayberry was appointed to the Troy, Big Beaver UMC, where he continues to happily serve to this day!
ORGANIST / DIRECTOR OF CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP SUZANNE BIANCHI (send email)
Suzanne Bianchi serves as our Director of Contemporary Worship Music as well as our Organist. She has served as the Organist of Big Beaver United Methodist Church since 1992. She is a graduate of Wayne State University, with degrees in Organ Performance and Church Music. Suzanne provides musical leadership from the organ at our traditional Sunday morning Worship service and accompanies the Chancel Choir. Suzanne is also our Director of Contemporary Music, directing the Living Water Worship Team, and the Grace Like Rain group for our contemporary worship service, as well as the bands/ensembles that perform for other contemporary worship experiences. Along with our Pastor and Director of Music, Suzanne works to craft worship experiences that encourage an encounter with God.
DIRECTOR OF CHOIRS JULIE KOHRING (send email)
Julie Kohring serves as our Director of Choirs. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Bowling Green State University where she earned her bachelors and masters degree respectively in choral music education. She has taught music education for twenty-three years in the Waterford School District and has been an accompanist for area musicians for years. She lives in Troy with her husband, Keith, and their two children, Jackie and Robby.
DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION BECKY LORENZ (send email)
Becky graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Administration. She spent many years teaching Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades. She also was a Teacher Mentor, Curriculum Coordinator, Assistant Principal and Principal. She lives in Troy with her husband and 2 daughters and they have been members of BBUMC for 8 years.
YOUTH DIRECTOR EMILY WILLIAMS (send email)
Emily Williams is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a Bachelors in Education, and serves as the Youth Director at Big Beaver United Methodist Church. In this position, Emily is able to blend her passions of working with children, being a mentor, & creating disciples through God's teachings. Emily resides in Harrison Township with her husband, Jon, and their son, Oliver and daughter, Stella.
Administrative Secretary--Cindy Gavin (send email)
Cindy is a graduate of Dorsey Business School and has worked in the customer service field as well as office administrative experience. She has previously served at two area churches and delights in assisting others in all aspects of life.
Cindy enjoys making various crafts, loves to bake, is an avid bike rider and walker (in warmer months!) and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.