Good Shepherd United Methodist Church of the North
Monday, December 10, 2018
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James Noggle, Pastor

Pastor Jim Noggle
was born in Kalamazoo Michigan and raised up in the Dutch Reformed tradition, in a family of ten. After completing High School, he worked for several years with his father and brother in construction, in the Kalamazoo and Portage areas. Later he became involved in Real Estate and eventually started work with a Financial Services organization, as a sales manager with a staff that rose to the top ten in the nation in sales. However, fulfillment did not come in monetary terms.


At the ripe old age of thirty, and after a profound conversion experience, the call to the pastoral ministry first heard at age 10 returned. He left his job and went to school once again; he began pastoral ministry in 1989 in Nashville Michigan. As for education, Pastor Jim holds two undergraduate degrees, in education and social work. His seminary work came in two parts, first at Garret Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and recently at Methodist Theological School of Ohio.


Pastor Jim has been blessed to travel to many places as God has opened doors through which to pass. Countries he has visited include Mexico, Israel (Studying at Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies), Syria, Canada, Costa Rica, S. Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia (studying the emerging church). Each experience has contributed to his ministry and also been expressed in the four-book series he has authored, Rivers of Eden: Daily Walks in the Garden. Pastor Jim is also the author of The God Who Knows You.


Married to wife Karen (a Licensed Veterinary Technician) for nearly thirty-seven years, they have three married sons: Barret (Sharon) of Traverse City, MI; Nick (Amy) of Lake Isabella, MI; and Craig (Megan) of East Troy, Wisconsin. They have also been blessed with four grandchildren: Barret & Sharon are the parents of Claire and Lucy, and Nick & Amy are the parents of Allie and Parker. Together they enjoy riding motorcycles as often as possible and have ridden extensively throughout the USA including twenty-eight states to date. They also enjoy fishing and spending time together in their log home, in the middle of the northern woods. They call their wooded, sometimes wintry refuge Tranquility Ranch.


Pastor Jim's passion for ministry involves helping Christians progress in their discipleship. Making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world involves much more than inviting people to church. Pastor Jim believes through daily time in the Scripture, prayer, and spiritual development every Christian can become a complete disciple. And complete disciples make more complete disciples and the world changes! He enjoys expressing the need for deeper understandings of God through life-application sermons that encourage Christians to become members of grow groups as they become God’s faithful disciples.


His favorite part of the Bible includes everything from Genesis to Revelation but for now know this,

The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” ~ (1 John 2:17)


To email Pastor Jim just click on his name. Or, you may call him at 989-275-5577


John McKay, Director of Student Ministries

Born in Flint, John McKay was raised in Flushing, Michigan.  After high school John worked toward his apprenticeship in plumbing before becoming licensed as a Journeyman Plumber.  At the same time he was doing 'The Lamp Program' through the General Baptist Denomination, working toward ordination.  John told his youth pastor he would never NEVER work with teenagers, but obviously God had other plans.  In fact, God has John convinced that if he weren't a youth pastor, he'd be a missionary.

John is married to Amber, saying God had blessed him with the 'best woman in the world'.  He says God also blessed him with two wonderful daughters, Hannah and Lydia.  And, of course the family would not be complete without their two boys, Rico and Jackson (their Yorkshire Terrier pups).  Together the family enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors (hunting and fishing), watching the girls play sports, or just having a bonfire with some Christian music playing in the background.

Describing 'Youth Ministry' is tough to do unless you are actually there to witness it (yes, that's an open invitation).  There is such an overwhelming blessing in watching teens grow, not just in their relationship with God, but in getting to know this younger generation (John calls them the Now Church).  He thinks of Youth Ministry as, "Doing ministry with excellence even though it won't be but trying."Acts 2:24.

John enjoys bow hunting, music, bowling, and almost all sports.  He loves barbeque and finds books by Francis Chan excellent.   He also likes being at Good Shepherd which he sees as a very warm and loving body of Christian believers.

To email John, just click on his name or you may call him at Good Shepherd at 989-275-5577.

Tracy Baker, Office Assistant

Tracy Baker was born in Riverview, Michigan, a small town 10 minutes south of Detroit.  While growing up she took weekend trips to visit her grandparents who enjoyed a home in a sleepy little place in the north called 'St. Helen'. 

She entered the workforce as a waitress and then migrated toward office work as a career.  In 1996, she moved to St. Helen and eventually settled in Roscommon. Good Shepherd is fortunate that Tracy was here as she and her husband, Paul, decided to raise their 3 daughters (Morgan, Baylee, and Emma) and their son (Klay) in the Roscommon area. Tracy finds herself very busy with all the extra-curricular activities their children participate in. When she has free time she enjoys boating, cooking, and reading, plus she enjoys solving Soduku and other puzzles.

Although she enjoyed working in the legal/financial field, over time she found herself being called to do God’s work and is passionate about fulfilling that call with Good Shepherd UMC of the North.

One of her favorite quotes – “Be the change you want to see…”   Gandhi  

June Karjalainen, Music Director

June Karjalainen is actually a local by birthshe's originally from Roscommon.  From 1976-1984 she lived in Wyoming and worked as a chemical analyst for a uranium mining corporation.  However, she insists she doesn't 'glow in the dark'!  She and her mother share a lovely home in the village, where they also share their love of gardening.

Good Shepherd, according to June, is still a very new church that has attracted people from other denominations and communities, and she lists our membership participation in ministries and church operations as unique.

Music is June's passion.  She loves sharing her passion with others and delights helping young people get started in music.  She is in awe of the power of musichow it enhances worship and is interwoven in the thread of our lives.  Her favorite quote, "Music is cosmic dust," comes from the movie, Harold and Maude.

Besides gardening, June enjoys reading, maintaining the 'perfect swimming pool', and rooting for the for the Redwings.  If she had any other job she says she would be playing the organ at a major league baseball park.

To email June, just click on her name or you may call her at Good Shepherd at 989-275-5577.

Kelly Hull, Yadah Worship Leader

Kelly Hull leads the planning and worship for our Yadah Praise Celebration every Sunday and also the WOW gathering every Wednesday night.  If you are interested in joining the Praise Band or helping in worship leading, please contact Kelly.








Mike Byers, our new facility manager, is pictured here with his wife, Judy.  Both were born and raised in Oakland County, Michigan.  They were married in 1977; Mike and Judy have two married sons, one grand-daughter and a second one on the way.

The Byers moved to Roscommon in 2005 after Mike retired from General Motors as an experimental auto painter.  Judy continues to work as a medical assistant at Ankle and Foot Associates in Roscommon.  They enjoy working in the yard, doing projects together, hiking and visiting family downstate and in Pennsylvania.  They were welcomed by the good folks at GSUMC in the fall of 2010.




Amber Kuhn, Director of the
  GSUMC Child Development Center 

Amber Kuhn was born and raised in West Branch. She began her studies in early childhood education her senior year. In 2008, she obtained a Child Development Associate Credential. Throughout the past thirteen years, Amber has worked with children from infants through school-age, including those with special needs. She started working at Good Shepherd Child Development Center in September 2014 and became Director in May 2015. She is very thankful to have a wonderful staff and looks forward to providing excellent care to children for years to come here at GSCDC. 

Amber has lived in Roscommon for the past four years with her husband Jeremy and their three boys (Dylan, Ethan, and Dallas). 





Sunday Child Care Team