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Ian Reed Twiss, Pastor PDF Print E-mail


Pastor Ian grew up in northern California and came to Michigan in 1995 to get a masters degree in fiction writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. After completing that work, he stayed on to teach undergraduate creative writing and to act as Assistant Director of the graduate program. That experience made him realize how much he loved teaching--the opportunity to cultivate the gifts and coach the growth of others--and it was that love which began to stir up in him the call to become a minister.

He did not grow up in the church, but came to it on his own in his late twenties. This experience has been important to him in his work to make the church relevant to contemporary life. He did his seminary work at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, and most recently at Seabury-Western in Evanston, IL. He became the pastor of Holy Faith in January 2007.

Pastor Ian says "My vision for Holy Faith is that it be a place of great service and connection to the community and the world, and also of deep spiritual engagement and welcome for all who enter its doors." As the pastor, he has worked to empower congregation members to do the ministry to which they feel called, both as individuals and as the church together.

Pastor Ian, his wife, and their three children live in Ann Arbor. He enjoys being with his family, riding his scooter, running, reading, soccer, and playing jazz piano.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 September 2009 09:39
Don Dersnah, Deacon PDF Print E-mail

Deacon Don and his wife Tish recently moved to Saline from Ann Arbor where they lived for many years after meeting in college in 1967.  He was ordained a deacon in 1997 and came to Holy Faith in September 2009.  Previously he had served at St. Clare's Episcopal Church in Ann Arbor and at St. John's Episcopal Church in Howell.  He is a graduate of the Whitaker School of Theology.

Deacon Don is Director of Services of the Saline Area Social Service, Inc.

He is a caring and compassionate listener.  He is available for pastoral care, counseling and visitations.

In his free time, he enjoys being with family.  He and Tish like road trips around Michigan, visiting lighthouses and bed-and-breakfasts.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 October 2013 13:30
Melissa Coppola, Musician PDF Print E-mail

melissa_crMelissa Coppola, an east coast native, is an active musician and educator in the Ann Arbor area. Melissa received her Bachelor's degree at Manhattan School of Music before relocating to Ann Arbor to study piano performance at University of Michigan School of Music.She is well-known amongst locals as a singer and multi-instrumentalist in the folk rock band, Match by Match, playing keyboards and drums simultaneously in a setup she's nicknamed a "key-kit." As a passionate teacher and collaborative pianist, she is proud to have worked with local organizations like Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts, Young People's Theatre, The New Theatre Project, Tappan School Players and Holy Faith Church in Saline, MI.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:16
Joan Barbret, Office Manager PDF Print E-mail


Joan and her husband, Jim, moved to Ann Arbor from St. Paul, Minnesota in 2001. Joan was a stay-at-home mom who spent much of her time volunteering at school and in the community. She has volunteered at Safe House, delivered Meals on Wheels, has been active with the Jr. League of Ann Arbor and with the PTO at Harvest and Heritage schools. She also served as a Sunday School Teacher at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Minnesota. In Joan’s free time she enjoys scrapbooking, geneology, reading, and spending time with her family.




Last Updated on Friday, 12 September 2014 12:54