Pastor Jeff & Beverly Williams

Pastor Jeff and Beverly began serving with us in July 2014, having moved to Wayland from Hartford, MI where Pastor Jeff had served since 2011. They have three young adult daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. Beverly is a medical social worker and the supervisor of social workers and case managers for the Neuro Rehabilitation division of Hope Network in Grand Rapids. She previously worked as the Program Manager for Easter Seals of Michigan (Grand Rapids), and as a medical social worker at MetroHealth Hospital for more than ten years.

Pastor Jeff graduated from River Valley High School in Three Oaks, MI in 1979. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an accounting major from Central Michigan University in 1983. He and Beverly were married in August 1983. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL in 1989. Since the fall of 1989, he has served two rural congregations (Center Park and Courtland-Oakfield), the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo at Western Michigan University (campus ministry), two in-town churches (Rockford and Hartford), and a new church start (White Pines UMC in Belmont, MI). Pastor Jeff currently serves as the Chairperson for the Michigan Conference Division of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, a member of the Midwest District Finance and Local Church Assessment Teams, and a mentor for two ministry candidates.

God has blessed Pastor Jeff and Beverly with the gifts of hospitality, compassion, and community in their years of ministry and family life.

You can reach Pastor Jeff by phone or text (269-944-9231), or email (


Office Manager: Wilma Straight

Wilma Straight began serving as our Office Manager on August 14, 2018. She came out of retirement from sales management for the Grand Rapids Symphony. She lives in Kentwood, Michigan, has three married children, and four grandchildren. She has loved and served the Lord since age 5 and brings a servant’s heart to her work with us. Wilma’s usual weekly hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please stop in to welcome her.


Pianist: Ellen Messner


Custodian: Theresa Bodenberg

Theresa BodenbergĀ has been the Wayland United Methodist Church custodian since January 1997. She graduated from Lawton High school in 1982 and moved to Grand Rapids to study at ITT Technical Institute, where she received an Associates Degree in electronics. She moved to Wayland in 1991 and has 3 great children and 1 beautiful grand-daughter. She isĀ also a paraprofessional for Pine St Elementary working in the special education classroom.


If you have any questions or great ideas please send her an e-mail at or give her a call at 269-792-2208.


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