Staff


  • Rev. Rick Blunt senior Pastor

    Rick is passionate about reaching out into our community to make a difference in peoples' lives by making God's love for all people evident. Rick earned his Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary and his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education at Western Michigan. Following a brief career in education, he entered ministry. Rick has been our Sr. Pastor since July 2014. Rick and Natalie have two grown children, who reside in Houston and Ann Arbor.  Email: pastor@OkemosOCC.org


  • rev. George grettenberger pastor emeritus

    George and his wife Diane retired to Okemos following his career as a United Methodist pastor, including several years as missionaries in Guatemala. In retirement, George serves OCC by helping with visits and care for shut-ins as his heath allows. The Grettenbergers have 5 children, one of whom is also a United Methodist pastor, and many grandchildren. 


  • Allie Williams
    Director of Children, Youth, and Adult Ministries

    Allie comes to us from St. John’s United Methodist Church in Kansas City, Missouri where she has been their Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministries for over 5 years.

    Allie’s undergraduate degree is from Fort Hays State University with a major in Art History and a minor in Philosophy with an emphasis in Biblical Studies. She earned her J.D. from the University of Missouri Kansas City, where she was named the Outstanding Female Law Student of the Year. She practiced law focused on assisting low income and elderly clients in Kansas City, but felt called to something different. When her home church in Natoma, Kansas was without a pastor, Allie had the opportunity to fill in as a Lay Speaker and was then assigned as pastor of Natoma and Pleasant Plains United Methodist Churches in central Kansas. She pastored those congregations for three years   

  • Dr. Jonathan Ten brink Director of music

    A Grand Rapids native, Dr. Ten Brink is Assistant Professor of Music and Program Faculty Chair at Lansing Community College. He earned his DMA in Vocal Performance at the University of Minnesota, his MM from Bowling Green State University and his BA from Calvin College. He has been active in church music since high school and has served at United Methodist, Presbyterian, Congregational, Christian Reformed, Baptist churches.

    Jon has been an opera performer appearing in hundreds of productions in 36 states, including on PBS and NPR. He has been on the faculty at Wingate University, Shorter University, Crown College, and North Central University.

  • stephanie sheffer office manager

    Stephanie has been serving in the role as OCC's Office Manager since 2015. Her church administration duties include membership information, financial records, volunteer and event organization, managing food pantry and community discretionary needs, building use, and supporting committee leaders and staff. She served in children and youth ministries at OCC prior to becoming the Office Manager. Her background is in customer service and print layout, and she is a Michigan State alumnus. Her "free time fun" includes home improvement and landscape projects, tap dancing, spending time with her children and husband, and afternoon naps.

  • cwen Homa accompanist

    Cwen is working on her Master of Music degree at MSU in piano and musicology. 

  • Natalie Blunt handbell choir director

    Natalie has been ringing and directing handbells for nearly 30 years. Her undergraduate degree is in Music from Western Michigan University, where she and Rick met at the Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry. Natalie is a Physical Therapist Assistant at a local facility for residential and short term rehab during the week. She and Rick have a son & daughter-in-law in Ann Arbor and daughter in Houston.

  • Rick Farris Sexton


  • Marci Hooper treasurer

    Marci is deeply involved in many ministries at OCC, from OCC Women to international mission trips. Her heart is in serving others. She manages the financial books and records with her accountant's skill.