Our Staff

Pastor

Rev. Michele Campton-Stehr was appointed to Greater Renton United Methodist in July, 2015. Michele graduated from the University of Puget Sound in December 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Comparative Sociology. She attended Boston University School of Theology and earned a Master of Divinity degree in May of 1990. While attending BU, Michele had an opportunity to spend a summer in Ashkelon, Israel on an archaeological dig through Harvard University. She began service in the PNW Annual Conference in July 1990, serving Custer/Blaine, Green Lake, Beacon, Crown Hill, Shoreline, and Magnolia. Michele also enjoyed the Pastoral Leadership program at Seattle University in 2004-2005. Michele married Erich Stehr on January 28, 1994. They have two daughters and love to travel in their spare time. Email: pastor@rfumc.org

Associate Pastor

Pastor Laura Baumgartner has been serving the congregation at Aldersgate UMC in Bellevue as their Associate for the last two years. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve the Renton community at Kennydale and Renton First and in time, the new merged church that is forming. In addition to being a pastor, she works part time as a chemistry teacher in the Bellevue School District and lives in Seattle. She has a husband, Eric, a daughter, Grace, and a dog, Calvin. She is passionate about standing in solidarity with God's good creation, working for climate justice in her position on the board of Earth Ministry. She also loves to ring handbells and is a founding member of the Emerald City Ringers. She attended seminary at Seattle University and also has degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Music Director

Leslie Huberty is working with the Choir preparing music to accompany our worship services. She comes with enthusiasm for the task of having music be enhancing and meaningful for our times of worship. Leslie is a high energy and very personable person, and would be glad to meet with you to find a place for you to share your musical talents with the rest of the congregation. Email: music@rfumc.org

Childrens Choir director

Ms. Acheson is a music teacher in the Lake Washington School District and holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of Puget Sound and a Master of Music in Music Education from the Boston Conservatory. She has worked with elementary and middle school aged students since 2015 and currently teaches elementary general music and beginning orchestra.

Office Secretary

Marsha Peterson is our office receptionist. After 32 years of service for Bellevue United Methodist Church and a short 1 year retirement, she decided she liked work more, and we're so fortunate she chose us. Contact Marsha by phone during church office hours or email her at secretary@rfumc.org