101 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone: 231-547-9122
Email: office@chxucc.org

Our Staff

Meet our Dedicated Staff

Rev. Toby Jones, Pastor

Rev. Toby Jones

Pastor
toby@chxucc.org

Toby Jones has an amazingly eclectic background. After graduating Cum Laude from DePauw University and then earning his Master of Divinity from Princeton Seminary, he was ordained as a pastor back 1987. He has been a prep-school teacher and coach, an adjunct college professor in two different disciplines – English and Religion, a professional house painter, the founder and director of a homeless shelter ministry, a college counselor, the Director of Education for the Bay View Association, a gigging rock and roll performer, – currently the front man of The Haz-Binz – and, on top of all that, Toby has written 3 books – The Gospel According to Rock (in 2007), The Way of Jesus (in 2010), and The Furnace Girl – a work of historical fiction – (in 2019). He has also started a podcast called Toby’s Take where, if you give him ten minutes, he’ll give you a whole new outlook on different topics. Get it on Spotify here: Toby’s Take.

He has a 15-year-old daughter, Eloise, who shares his love of music and sings in the Petoskey Madrigals. You may have seen the two of them together in a number of Bay View Summer musicals. He also has a goldendoodle named Fergie who has become a big part of 1st Congregational UCC by just being her goofy self and loving everyone unconditionally, just as Jesus did.


Stacey Luoma, Office Manager

Stacey Luoma

Office Manager
office@chxucc.org

Born and raised in the Metro Detroit suburb of Redford Township, Stacey has a diverse and colorful background in the administrative field. She has held management positions in a commercial animation company, a law firm, a property management company, a documentary film company, and even held the position of Deputy Supervisor for Redford!

Stacey moved to Northern Michigan with her husband in 2020, and together they have four dogs (Sophie, Rosie, Mitzi, and Frankie Beanz,) and one cat, Belle, who is a Daddy’s Girl. Her passions are writing poetry, prose, and short stories, classic rock (listening to and collecting vintage vinyl), movies, concerts, and traveling. She is currently working on her second book of poetry.


Larry Minch, Custodian

Larry Minch

Custodian

I’m working on it…


Shelley Fisher, Music Director

Shelley Fisher

Music Director

Shelley began her career as a church musician during her teen years in western North Carolina.  She studied piano at Brevard Junior College, and at East Carolina University, where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in music therapy.  She continued studying music education at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids and studied preschool education at Grand Rapids Community College. She has shared music with children and the elderly throughout her career.  After relocating to Charlevoix in 2016, she worked as an activity director at Boulder Park Terrace, then later at Grandvue Medical Care Facility using music therapy to enhance quality of life for residents suffering from dementia.

Shelley says “I believe music can awaken our spiritual connection to our Creator and gives us a meaningful mode of expression for which words cannot describe.  I believe all people are musical and I encourage our participants to find their musical voice through congregational singing, sharing music with the elderly through Ransom Note singers, playing a musical instrument, singing solo or with groups through various opportunities offered throughout the year.”


Lynette Webb, Childcare Supervisor

Lynette Webb

Childcare Supervisor

I’m working on it…


Garrett Bice, Sound Engineer

Garrett Bice

Sound Engineer

Born and raised in Northern Michigan, Garrett attended the public schools of Petoskey. While there he participated in the Steel Drum Band, Jazz Band, Marching band, and Concert Band. This sparked his passion for music and led him to start his band, and they’re still gigging today!  He attended Western Michigan University and Obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Multimedia Arts Technology. While in the program he gained skills in audio engineering, music production, film production, and even 3D animation.

Garrett’s band, The Third Degree, now has music on all streaming platforms and they’re working on more; keep an eye out for them in the Northern Michigan area in the summer!


Contact Us: 

Toby Jones, Pastor:
231-547-9122 ext. 202  | toby@chxucc.org

Stacey Luoma, Office Manager:
231-547-9122 ext. 201  office@chxucc.org

Charlevoix Ministerial Association Info:

231-547-9122 ext. 204

Appointments available:
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11a – 2p

Sunday Services: 

Please join us for in-person worship each Sunday at 10:30 am with live-streaming options available.  

Office Hours:

Tuesday through Thursday:
9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

If the church doors are locked during regular office hours, please ring the doorbell. 

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