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Pastor Jim Walker

Pastor Jim Walker is currently serving at Byron Center UMC as our interim pastor. He is married to Susan Walker and has two daughters, Hannah and Tiffany Walker. He had a third daughter Moriah who passed away at age 14. He graduated from Lansing Community College with an Associate of Arts Degree in Geography. He then went to Michigan State University, where he graduated with a BA in Geography and African Studies. Pastor Jim received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary and then his Doctor of Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has previously served the Michigan United Methodist Church in Lansing, Brown City, Utica, Wyandotte, and Belleville.

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Barb Ford

Barb Ford serves as our Office Administrator at Byron Center UMC. After a 15 year "retirement" as the Office Administrator, she happily returned to the position in October 2021 and has enjoyed being back to part time work. When she is not in the office, she keeps up with her wonderful family that now includes three little great grandsons. After the months of restrictions in 2020, she has loved being active in the church again. One of her favorite days each week is Thursday, when Gathering meets for the Prayer Shawl Ministry, fellowship, and Bible Study. She loves being in service at BCUMC and feels very blessed by her church family!

Barb would love to hear from you! She can be reached in the church office in the following methods:

Church Email:

Church Phone: (616) 878-1618

Barb's fall office hours are Tuesday 11am-1pm, Wednesday 10am-2pm, and Thursday 10am-1:30pm.

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Jessica Steffes

Jessica is in charge of Web Design at our church. She works full time as a Physical Therapist Assistant and works on our church website on a volunteer, as needed basis. She is married to Kurt Steffes, who serves as our Praise Team Leader and Music Director. Jessica enjoys singing with the Praise Team and loves practicing Holy Yoga at our church on Mondays and Thursdays.

If you have any updates you would like added to our church website, please contact her. She can be reached at (616) 312-3494 or by email at to be notified of any updates to your ministries, volunteer opportunities, etc.