Church Staff, Vestry, and Treasurer


The Rev. Darlene Kuhn (aka Mother Darlene) accepted a call to serve the Episcopal Church of the Mediator in January 2020.  Mother Darlene is married to Jonathan “Jon” Kuhn.

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Email address:

Mobile #: 269-469-6794

Office #: 269-469-1441

Field Placement

The Rev. Kris Veldheer is doing her field placement at Mediator as part of transferring her clergy status into the Episcopal Diocese of Western Michigan. Currently residing near Mediator in Union Pier, Kris was born in Zeeland, MI and was raised in the Holland/Grand Rapids area. She was raised in the Reformed Church in America, attending Hope College with a BA in Political Science and Western Theological Seminary, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree. In 1988, Kris was licensed and ordained into the Reformed Church in America. 

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Jennifer Frechette was born in Chicago and is the oldest of four children. Jennifer grew up in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod and went to Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan, thinking she wanted to be an elementary school teacher. Jennifer said, “That turned out to not be my calling and I have had a variety of jobs from working in factories to retail and finally to my current career as a dental office patient registration clerk”.

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Administrative Assistant

Candice Conley serves as Mediator’s Administrative Assistant. Her background is working as a Legal Assistance for two St. Joseph, Michigan, firms; Whirlpool Corporation as an Administrative Assistant, and most recently as a Financial/Human Resources Coordinator for a local non-profit agency. Candice’s “home church” is Harbert Community Church and feels extremely fortunate to be part of the Mediator family. Candice is a “native” and forever resident of Harbert, Michigan, attended Western Michigan University, enjoys searching the beach for treasures, collecting antiques and most importantly, spending time with family. 


Office #: 269-469-1441

Vestry, Clerk/Secretary, & Treasurer

The Vestry is a group of church members who act on behalf of the church as a corporate entity. In other words, they act as a committee to see to the health of the church in worldly terms, by keeping the bills paid, the building cared for, and making sure that the needs of the congregation are being addressed.

Vestry member elections are held annually. Our announcements are given on Sundays by the vestry person of the day. Our vestry meets the third Sunday each month immediately following the service.


 If you have questions about the church, ideas for things that you’d like to see, or concerns, please send the wardens an email or give them a call at their numbers below.

During in-person services, look for our vestry members—they will be wearing their name tags—and say hello or place a note in their mailbox located in the Bell Tower area. Staying engaged keeps our church alive and healthy.

Vestry Goals

The Vestry announces the 2023 calendar year goals for the church. Click the below image to open the goals. 

Questions/comments can be directed to any vestry member seen on this page.

Tim French – Senior Warden
Term ends January 2025
Mobile: 312-203-4965
Email: and/or 

Mary White – Seasonal Member Liaison
Member thru January 2025 
Contact info available in directory

Peggy Lefebvre – Treasurer 
Note: Not a vestry member
Email: and/or

Marilee Roth – Junior Warden
Term ends January 2026
Home Ph: 269-465-5155
Email: and/or

Judy Joseph – Acolyte, LEM, LEV, ECW, Altar &

Flower Guild Liaison
Member thru January 2025 
Contact info available in directory

Barbara Ryan – Vestry Clerk/Secretary
Prayer Walk / Stations of the Cross Project Liaison
Member thru January 2026

Joanne Sims – Vestry
Member thru January 2026


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