Our Staff:

Our  team recognizes that we are shepherds and desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

JJ Mannschreck, Lead Pastor

Pastor JJ grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, graduating from Troy Athens High School in 2006. From there he headed off to Calvin College in Grand Rapids (where he met his lovely wife). After graduating from Calvin with a degree in Religion, Philosophy and Music of Worship, he headed off to Garrett-Evangelical Theological seminary in Chicago to receive his Masters degree. From Chicago God called them to move up into the middle of the U.P. to serve at Wesley UMC for four years before he arrived in Flushing, MI.

In 2011, he married his incredible wife Sara. Since then they have added two cats, two dogs, and two children to their little family. Their sons are Liam and Amos and they thank God everyday for each of them. When he’s not working in the church JJ enjoys reading, lots of music (both listening AND playing), as well as jogging and watching (probably too many) movies.
Email: pastor@flushingumc.org 

Rose Dessinger, Office Manager

Rose has a background of bookkeeping and computers and as an office manager for 15 years. She has been a member of Flushing United Methodist church since 2009 and currently serves as a Stephen Ministry Leader, choir member and UMW member. She was born in Rochester, New York and moved to Flushing in 2000 to be married to her husband, Bill. Together, they have owned a property preservation company in the mortage industry for 15 years.

Lisa Mitchell, Christian Education Director 
Lisa grew up in a small country town in Southwest Iowa, earned her college degree in Nebraska and began her teaching career in Arizona. She has a collective 10 years of education experience that includes teaching, substitute teaching and tutoring in Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa and Michigan. One of her many accomplishments includes developing a tutoring program for the Salvation Army North Corp in Omaha, Nebraska that would grow and serve the community. She absolutely loves helping others and building solid educational foundations. Lisa moved to Flint with her husband Robert, their sons Bennett and Ronan and rescue dog, Ares. She loves to wife, mom, educate, read, craft and camp. She currently teach 5th Grade and will soon be throwing soccer and swim into the mix of life! Lisa is excited to be here and look forward to meeting and serving others in my new journey. 
Email Lisa: ChristianEd@flushingumc.org
Tramell Ferguson, Youth Leader
Tramell grew up in Chesapeake,Virginia.graduated Oscar Smith high school in 2010, and attended Liberty University. He has a three year old daughter named Alyssa. Tramell loves music, mostly Christian rap, and his favorite Bible verse is Romans 1:16
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.”
For him it means acknowledging the power of the Gospel and the divine calling to proclaim it in every area of of my life. Tramell loves missions, and meeting people where they are, and speaking life into people. Tramell is very excited for this opportunity to not only grow, and learn, but to help raise up this next generation in Christ.
Email Tramell: youth@flushingumc.org
Sarah Covert, Youth College Intern
Sarah has been a member of the Flushing United Methodist Church for six years and has been attending services since she was a little girl. Sarah is the oldest daughter of Marty and Barb Covert. She has an older brother, Caleb, and a younger sister, Chloe. Sarah is currently attending Saginaw Valley State University to receive her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Special Education for Cognitive Impairment. Sarah’s love for Christ and working with children has led her to start her internship with the youth group at Flushing United Methodist Church. When Sarah is not working at the SVSU Graphics Center, studying, or doing homework, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and participating in youth group activities. Sarah’s hobbies include painting, shooting competitive archery, and camping.

Christie Dover, Music Coordinator/Organist/Choir Director

Christie Dover has a BA in Music Therapy and a Masters of Social Work from Michigan State University.  She has played the organ for Asbury United Methodist Church in Lansing, Oak Park United Methodist Church, Flushing Presbyterian Church, and was hired to be on staff at FUMC in the late 1980s.  In addition to her responsibilities at FUMC, she also is the accompanist for Carman-Ainsworth High School choirs, has played for many Swartz Creek Center Stage productions, and teaches private piano lessons. Send an email to Christie  

Brooke Booth, Play Place Coordinator

Brooke (pictured right) has been a member of Flushing United Methodist Church for fifteen years.  She has recently graduated from Mott Community College with and Associates in Fine Arts, and is a graduate of Baker College, receiving her Bachelors in Early Childhood degree in 2016.
We also have  2 Place Place workers, Sandy Abueita (left) and Patricia Wisenbaugh (middle) who are both in college working towards their degrees.

Marlene Cooper, Custodian

Marlene has been a member of Flushing United Methodist Church for 7 years. She is a recent retiree and now works as our part time custodian. Marlene is a mother of 3 boys and 8 grandchildren. She also serves our church as the Faith In Action Team Chairman where she not only serves locally but also has gone on a mission trip.