Pastor Janet Wilson

Pastor Janet Wilson began her appointment here at First UMC on February 1, 2021.

Pastor Janet Wilson is a lifelong Battle Creek resident, with deep roots in the community. She has a BS in Chemistry and an MA in Spiritual Formation. She became a Licensed Local Pastor in 2017. She has served as an Associate at Chapel Hill, as the Site Pastor for the Trinity Neighborhood Center, and began serving as the interim Pastor for Christ UMC in September.

She is married to Mark and they have three daughters – Kate, Kimberly and Nicole – who all live in SW Michigan with their partners, two young grandchildren (Kate) and a pod of granddogs. They live a bit north of town in a 130-year old home on four acres of creek-side property.  She loves  to garden, swim, relax on the deck, watch baking shows, read and spend time on family and friends (although that’s mostly on video these days).

Jean Harvey-Clark

Church Administrator and Administrative Assistant

Jean Harvey-Clark has been at First Church since 2011. Prior to that she had a career in floral design and worked at the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce and the Calhoun County Visitor and Convention Bureau. She was raised in Battle Creek and graduated from Lakeview High School. She is also a graduate of the Michigan State University Commercial Floriculture program. Jean is married and has two sons. Her hobbies include photography, scrap booking, rubber stamps/paper crafting, gardening, raising Monarch butterflies and Detroit Red Wings hockey.

Anita Blueford

Director of Music

Anita Blueford has been at First Church since 2016. Prior to that she has been active in music directing, accompanying and performing in many music settings, both in churches and in the public arena. She grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas, and traveled the world with her husband Micheal through his Air Force career. They have two children, Micah and Shani. Her hobbies are quilting, knitting, gardening, hula hooping and Japanese Taiko drumming.

Kay Ensfield, Organist

Kay Ensfield has been at First Church since 2011. Prior to that she worked in music programs at various churches in the area and is a retired social worker with the Red Cross. She is currently secretary of the American Guild of Organists. She was raised in Detroit and has lived mostly in Kalamazoo since college days. She is married with three children and six grandchildren.

Naghielly Agy, Keyboards, Accompanist and Vocalist

Naghielly Agy (pron. na-jelly) has been at First Church since 2010. Prior to that she has been a choir accompanist in local churches and is currently a medical office manager. She has been in Battle Creek since ninth grade. She has three children, a son at Western, a daughter in Oregon and her youngest daughter is at KCC.

James Hidley, Custodian

James Hidley began attending First Church in February 2020. He moved to Michigan from California in 1996. James’ work history include pastoring, substitute teaching and working for Target. James is the proud dad of two adult daughters and his in Battle Creek since 2002. He is a recent graduate of the Haven’s LRP Program. His other passions include reading theology, physical fitness and distributing health products.