Meet Our Staff

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Pastor

Rev. Timothy Biel Jr

Reverend Timothy Biel Jr. was appointed to Skokie Central United Methodist Church on June 1, 2018.  Rev. Biel began preaching in the Northern Illinois Conference in 1993. Most recently he led the following congregations to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in the world: Homewood: St. Andrew (2014-2018); Evergreen Park: First UMC (2008-2014); and Cary UMC (2003-2008). He specializes in Spiritual Formation and Congregation Development.

He earned degrees from Garret E.T.S. at Northwestern University and North Central College. These schools gave him opportunities to enrich his faith by learning from a diversity of leaders: Christian missionaries and pastors, Jewish playwrights, artists and songwriters, Muslim clerics, and Buddhist monks, feminist and LGBTG advocates. He has a heart for all those seeking peace and divine grace in this life.

When Pastor Tim isn't active in church leadership he spends his time with his spouse, Victoria, and two sons. Together they enjoy organic-vegan gardening and cooking, sports, reading and spending time outdoors.

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Rev. Adrienne Stricker

Deacon

Rev. Adrienne joined Rev. Biel in co-leading worship during the 2018-2019 worship year. Rev. Adrienne graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 2009 and has been in full-time ministry since 2010, serving in Christian Education and administration in Evanston and Chicago in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and the United Methodist Church. Her primary appointment as an ordained Deacon in the Northern Illinois Conference is to The Connectional Table of the UMC, an organization which works to articulate vision and stewardship for the denomination with its 64 elected Board members from across the UMC.

Her last appointment was to Holy Covenant UMC in Chicago, where she co-led worship and preached periodically. She is involved in Native American ministries in the conference and serves on the conference Board of Ordained Ministry.

Prior to moving to the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago two years ago, she lived near downtown Skokie for five years. Her interests include writing, gardening, going to Cubs games and caring for her 16-year old cat, Oscar.

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Millete Silverio

Chancel Choir Director/Organist/Pianist

What a treasured talent we have in Millete! Having joined the CUMC staff in 1997, Millete still impresses the congregation, often moving us to tears, with her beautiful playing. She also accompanies the Chancel and Children’s Choirs as well as soloists and instrumentalists. Working with the Music Team and guest artists, Millete works hard to bring impactful, lively, unique musical arrangements to CUMC.

Millete began playing piano at the age of three with her mother as her first teacher and continued through college. In sixth grade she was one of the soloists that performed with the UP Symphony Orchestra. In college she joined the University of the Philippines Concert Chorus and the world renowned Philippine Madrigal Singers performing for royalty and heads of states and outreach programs. She had the privilege of traveling with them in Asia and on a six-month tour of Europe concertizing and joining choral competitions bringing home top awards.

In the Philippines, she was an accompanist for soloists, instrumentalist and choirs. She was resident pianist for the Repertory Philippines, the premier theater company. Last but not least, she was a keyboardist for a famous rock band in the Philippines.

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Doris Bloom

Church Administrator

Doris joined the office staff in September of 2011 as a job sharing partner. As a member of CUMC since 1975, Doris has volunteered for many years helping in the church office with finances and the first website. Her history with the church makes her a vital part of the daily office activities.

She grew up in Minnesota graduating from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in education. Her early career was as an elementary school teacher, and then joined North Central Airlines as a stewardess until the birth of her son, David. Her husband of 47 years passed away in 2009.

She supports the arts community as member of the Chicago Botanic Garden and a subscriber of the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony and Northlight Theater.

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Pam Castaneda

Church Administrator

Pam joined the office staff in 2013 as a job-sharing partner. She joined Central, December 1987. She has been a member of the Trustees and is active in UMW. She has also organized programs for various speakers during the '80s.

Pam was in the Women's Royal Air Force in England for 5 years. While posted in Fontainebleau, France, she met her husband, Raul.

She worked in various law offices in Chicago as an administrative assistant.
She has been married for 45 years and has one son and three grandchildren.

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Ellen Mittman

Nursery Attendant

Ellen has been the nursery attendant since 2001.

She has two certificates in early childhood education--one in infant care and one in 3 to 5-year-old care. She graduated from New Trier High School.

She loves working with children