St. Paul UMC -Making Disciples
The St. Paul United Methodist Church was formed when it's four predecessor churches made their final merger in 1968. West Riverton Zion Evangelical, Summit Wesley Methodist Episcopal, Grace Evangelical United Brethren of Summit, and St. Paul Evangelical United Brethren contributed to the rich heritage that is now St. Paul UMC.
Pastor Jon came to serve the congregation at St Paul UMC in July of 2011. He began his pastoral ministry in 2006. Pastor Jon has a passion for the mission of the church: Making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
"I believe this is best accomplished by first submitting our will to God and trusting in his love and grace, then living out the commands of Christ found in the scriptures and as the Holy Spirit directs."
Jon along with his wife Diane and five children have made Ludington their home as long as God continues to use him here.
Jon is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in religion and political science.
He studied for one year at Western Theological Seminary and then completed the five year course of Study at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.
Church Secretary, Nancy Houk
Dean and Debbie Lundberg
Dean grew up in Riverton where he was a dairy farmer. He attended a local Bible college and transferred to Christ for the Nations where he completed studies in 1978.
Debbie grew up in Ludington and attended Oral Roberts University with a BS in Nursing.
Dean was married to Debbie Wagner in 1980. They presently have 3 children, Luke (30) (and Cheryl his wife), Brent 27 (and Becky his wife) , and Valerie, 21.
In 1983 they began training with Youth With a Mission, where they have served since that time. He has completed specialized training courses with YWAM in Leadership Development and Strategic Missions.
They have been involved in training and support of long-term missions teams . Dean directs the YWAM Tyler Strategic Frontiers office, which accelerates evangelism among unreached people groups through mobilization, training, sending and pastoral support. Presently 21 long term teams have been pioneered from the YWAM, center and SF office. He has ministered in about 45 countries. Debbie has developed the mobilization track for YWAMers in OneStory partnership , and continues to work in Bible Storying training.
Dean& Debbie are representative of the YWAM International Frontier Missions Leadership Team and Dean serves on the local YWAM Tyler Leadership Council. He serves with Debbie as YWAM’s represenitives to the OneStory Partnership, and as an International Service Coordinators for Orality in YWAM.
The Rev. Nkemba Ndjungu, missionary with the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, is serving with The United Methodist Church of Cameroon as Mission Superintendent of the Cameroon Mission of the Board of Global Ministries.
As superintendent, Rev. Nkemba oversees church development and construction, Christian education, health, youth and prison ministries and VIM teams. He also facilitates an intensive pastor’s training program as part of the ordination process. Born in Malonga, Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C),
Rev. Nkemba’s previous appointments have been as a pastor in Kazembe and Lubumbashi and as a District Superintendent in Sandoa, all in the D.R.C. From 1998-2007 he served in Dakar, Senegal, where he was involved in evangelism, church-planting and theological education.
Rev. Nkemba took study leave from July 2007 to July 2008 and continued theological studies at Boston University. Prior to his commissioning as a missionary, Rev. Nkemba was a teacher in Kasaji and an accountant for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) in Lubumbashi.
Married to Mbwizu Ndjungu, also a GBGM missionary in Cameroon, Nkemba and Mbwizu are the parents of six children: three sons, Mukazu, Nkemba and Ndjungu; and three daughters, Ifanda, Mufuka and Mbwizu (deceased 9/98).
I'm Valerie Campbell owner of VLC Cleaning Services in Ludington, MI. I am a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. I have been doing cleaning for over 30 years off and on until about 5 years ago when I decided to make it a full time occupation because being a part time police officer was not paying the bills. I now have many full time clients some weekly and some bi-weekly also seasonal clients. I do residential and business cleaning, anything from painting to power washing homes, Scottville Clown Band Bus, and decks. I love my work and my clients love me (so they say). All of my business has come from word of mouth. I believe that is the best form of advertising I could get.
After growing up in beautiful northern Delaware and being educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison during the turmoil of the Vietnam War, I landed on the shores of Ludington, via car ferry, with my husband and a newborn daughter. Though the pace of life was different than what I was used to, I quickly fell in love with the more relaxed lifestyle, the unique beauty of the area, and friendly people of St. Paul.
Most of my life here has been spent as an at-home mom to our four daughters, with school and church activities and a couple of Community boards mixed in as the family schedule permitted. Now my focus has happily shifted to doting on grandchildren. With more free time, I have developed a minor addiction to crossword puzzles and kayaking, and am slowly becoming a Michigan State fan.
Being secretary at St. Paul has allowed me to give back to this church, where I was welcomed all those years ago and whose members and friends are like family to me. It is truly an honor to serve the congregation in this way.