Coordinator for Children & Family Ministry, and Parish Coordinator
Becky wears two hats on our church staff. Hers is the voice you’ll most often hear when you call the church office. She keeps the place running by taking care of dozens of unseen tasks every week. As Parish Coordinator, Becky stewards the ministries of Volunteer Coordination, Reception, Worship Prep and Hospitality. As Coordinator for Children & Family Ministry she manages our Sunday School and programs for elementary age students, “littles”, and their parents. Becky has an associate’s degree in early childhood education, and twenty years of experience working with children. She is married with two young adult children, and has been a member of MPLC since 2008.
Jessica is the Business Manager for MPLC and handles questions regarding one’s own giving, Realm access, MPLC’s building, and other business and staff-related matters. She began her administration and management career in the healthcare field for about 14 years. After taking a year break from the workforce to be a stay-at-home mom she is now looking forward to serving the church’s mission and community. She grew up in the Racine area and currently lives in Kenosha with her husband, two little girls, and dog Chance. She finds joy in going on adventures with her family, reading, or walking her dog.
Laura is the Communications Director for MPLC. After earning her degree she moved to Minnesota to begin her career in advertising and marketing. After a few years, and a few different moves - geographically, she switched to the communications and social media side of the industry. Laura was raised in Racine and has been actively involved in the community during her life. She looks forward to being able to help spread the word of the church and its mission. In her free time Laura is a high school soccer coach, a wedding planner, and a dog mom to Gus.
Michael is the musician at the organ console, the piano keyboard, and behind various other instruments for our Sunday services. Educated at Lawrence University, he has been in music his entire life. Michael is a master at improvisation and also composes/arranges music for worship. He can do wonders with the John-Paul Buzard’s organ, dedicated in 2006. The organ was specially designed for Mount Pleasant and its warm tone greatly enhances our worship life.
Sue's contemplative stylings at the piano help shape our Saturday 5 PM services into something special. Her worshipful, reflective piano music and unique hymn arrangements are a treat for all who call this service their "home". Sue was a music educator in Racine for 36 years before her retirement. She is a long-time MPLC member and has served as Assistant Organist/Pianist since 1997.
Bell Choir Director
Greg brings our Bell Choir together to offer special music at our 8:30 Sunday service about once a month, rehearsing weekly on Tuesday evenings during the program year. He is a middle school music teacher M-F, and brings his easy-going, highly musical style to his ministry at MPLC. He is also an accomplished trumpet player and shares that gift with the congregation for special services. Greg has been a MPLC member since 2017.
Dr. Dimitri Shapovalov
Minister of Music
Dr. Dimitri Shapovalov has been active in the Kenosha/Racine as a musicologist, pianist, and choral director shortly after accepting a music professorship at Carthage College in 2005. As a choir director and clinician, Shapovalov has directed the A. F. Siebert Chapel Choir and the Kenosha Choral Arts Society/Kenosha Chamber Choir, Carthage Treble Choir, and will direct the Carthage Choir in the spring of 2022. Shapovalov is a regular clinician at the annual Lakeside Choral Festival at Carthage, which hosts over 1000 aspiring choral singers from many high schools over the period of several days in the fall. Shapovalov’s other professional interests include historical musicology, pedagogy in music literacy, and composition. Dimitri picked up the baton as MPLC’s Minister of Music on February 1, 2022.