Rev. Melissa J. Claxton joined the family of the First United Methodist Church of Warren on July 1, 2018.  She is a small town girl with a huge heart for God and God’s people.  Pastor Melissa believes that our faith is the catalyst in which we grow in our relationship with God through our relationship with Jesus Christ.  As our faith transforms our hearts, we become a Christ-like presence in the world.  You can contact her by calling the office or by email at:

Administrative Assistant

Carol Wood joined the First United Methodist Church  staff as Administrative Assistant In October 2019. She has various types of administrative experience and is very excited to put her skills and talents to use.  She enjoys volunteering at her son’s school and creating various multimedia artworks and puppet shows with her family.  In her spare time you may find her singing with various groups throughout metro-Detroit.  She can be reached at the office Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at (586) 264-4701 or at

Outreach coOrdinator

Molly Fox joined the First United Methodist Church staff in September 2019. Molly grew up in Redford and later moved to Marquette, MI where she stayed for seven years and earned her Bachelor’s (English) and Master’s (Creative Writing) degrees. She has worked as an Instructor at Northern Michigan University, a community outreach specialist in Detroit, a freelance editor, and as a writing and reading tutor. In her free time she enjoys reading (mostly memoirs), writing creative nonfiction and poetry, and playing with her dogs, Bella and Finn. You can contact her by calling the office or by email at:

Music Director

Twylia Voshol has served as Music Director since August, 2014, and we are blessed to have her.  Twylia has developed and nurtured several new music groups which provide leadership in worship throughout the year.  Along with the traditional and evolving Sanctuary Choir, Twylia directs the Bell Choir, Instrumental Ensemble, and Praise Band.  If you are interested in joining one of these amazing groups, Twylia can be reached at


Joanne Won joined our Music Department in May 2019, previously finishing a  ten year stint of teaching piano as a music professor in South Korea.   Joanne accompanies the Sanctuary Choir during the choir season and plays for congregational worship each Sunday morning.  We are blessed by her music!  Joanne can be reached at

youth leaders

Paul & Linda Sadowski have answered God’s call to lead our youth in growing in their faith.  On the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month, they meet with the youth, creating a space for them to grow in their faith.  If you have any questions, please contact them at


Michelle Haggert is our amazing custodian.  She cares for the building and makes sure that it is ready for whatever is next.  We can’t do what we do as a church without her.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!