Our Staff & Leaders


Our Pastors

Lead Pastor Jeff Nelson

Lead Pastor Jeff Nelson

Pastor Jeff grew up in Rhinelander, Wisconsin. He has his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin in Eau Claire and his Masters in Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Jeff and his wife, Bridget…..

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Associate Pastor Jennifer Tripoli

Associate Pastor Jennifer Tripoli

Jennifer Tripoli is our Executive Associate Pastor. She is a lifelong member who was baptized here in 1973 and married here in 1997. Jennifer joined us on staff in 2017 after years of volunteer work in various capacities. In January 2022, Jennifer was appointed

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Associate Pastor Bridget Nelson

Associate Pastor Bridget Nelson

Bridget Nelson works with a great team of staff and volunteers to offer a wide range of programming to the children, youth, and families at Royal Oak First. From nursery care to high school Youth Group, kids of all ages are welcome and encouraged to get involved! …

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Administrative Staff

Karen Calhoun

Karen Calhoun

Karen has been a member at Royal Oak First since 2006 and joined the staff as Operations Manager in September of 2018.  Along the way, Karen led “Parents’ Night Out” and “Career Ministry”, taught Sunday School (eventually becoming Superintendent), and

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Mike Monte

Mike Monte

Michael Monte has been a member at Royal Oak First since 2005. After 15 years of volunteering In a variety of positions including our lunch program. Michael joined our staff in January of 2020. In addition to his volunteer work at Royal Oak First

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Lee Trumbull

Lee Trumbull

Lee joined the staff in June of 2021. A proud graduate of Wayne State University and a lifelong seeker of wisdom, she is excited to be a part of Royal Oak First’s mission! Lee is married and is the exasperated mother to six cats. She enjoys movies, music, reading and TV.

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Worship and Arts Staff

Erica Plesco

Erica Plesco

Erica Plesco was a long-time spectator, but joined as a member of Royal Oak First in early 2018; formally joining the staff in September of 2020 as the Worship Coordinator. Erica believes strongly in the power of authentic spiritual connection and enjoys the art of blending

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Tim Schoenherr

Tim Schoenherr

Tim Schoenherr has served as a church musician for over 30 years. Having worked in Catholic, Presbyterian, Episcopal, and United Methodist churches, he has a wide variety of experiences in sacred music. When not serving as the Director of Music,

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Kyle Webber

Kyle Webber

Kyle Webber joined our staff in September of 2021. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University with a degree in Music Education. Upon graduation, Kyle was a middle school band and orchestra director in Sarasota, FL. Over the past 14 years, however, he has served full-time as

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Tim Coleman

Tim Coleman

Tim Coleman came on staff in September of 2020. Tim has been a member of Royal Oak First since January 2020 and has been attending since March 2019. Tim and his husband were wed on the grounds of Royal Oak First on December 31, 2020 at 12:31 pm.

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Program Staff

Jennifer Semivan

Jennifer Semivan

Jennifer is a long-time member of Royal Oak First. She and her husband, Brian, raised their three kids in the church and all were very active in the youth and music programs. In addition to directing children’s and youth choirs here, Jennifer is also a piano teacher and

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Danielle Moody

Danielle Moody

Every person in our church is important to us and we work hard to know how everyone is doing. Danielle coordinates teams of callers, visitors, and card mailers to keep in touch with our congregation. Danielle is the person to call with any prayer concerns or changes in someone’s

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Karla Goetz

Karla Goetz

Karla Goetz settled in Royal Oak in 2010, and in 2016 found a church home at Royal Oak First. Her family was drawn to Royal Oak First because of its welcoming and inclusive atmosphere and focus on service. Karla has spent the past 12 years as a stay at home parent

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Ashley Erard

Ashley Erard

Ashley Erard joined the staff of Royal Oak First in February 2018 as the Nursery Coordinator.  She is a life-long member of Royal Oak First who lives in Royal Oak with her husband, daughter, and son.

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Christine Ryckman

Christine Ryckman

Christine creates an amazing experience on our second floor for kids Pre-K – 8th grade to grow in their faith on Sunday mornings. Using the Rotation Sunday School model, our kids learn Bible stories

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Joyce Hollingsworth

Joyce Hollingsworth

Joyce is passionate about helping others grow in their faith and their journey as disciples. Joyce works to create a diversity of opportunities for people to learn and grow in small groups,

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Building Staff

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