Meet Our Pastor and Staff


This page provides brief biographical information about our pastor and staff who provide leadership and direction for WUMC. On other pages in this section, you will find updates from the WUMC Leadership and NCNY Conference, and you will also learn about the Lay Leaders who oversee the varied ministry teams in our church. 

 

The Reverend Heather Stierheim
Senior Pastor

E-mail: pastor@williamsvilleumc.org
Church phone: (716) 634-4800

Biography coming soon.


The Reverend Gregg Stierheim
Co-Pastor

E-mail: associatepastor@williamsvilleumc.org
Church phone: (716) 634-4800

Biography coming soon.


 


Barbara Saltarella
Pastoral Assistant for Nurture and Visitation 

E-mail: Barbara@williamsvilleumc.org or BWSaltarella@aol.com
Church phone: (716) 634-4800
Cell phone: (716) 472-5411

Barbara Saltarella is a Certified Lay Speaker and the Pastoral Assistant for Visitation and Nurture. Barbara has developed a unique and effective ministry to those who are hospitalized or homebound, or those who are residents in various levels of care facilities. Barb has completed Local Pastor Licensing School, which means that although she cannot yet perform the sacraments, she is authorized to preach.



(Position open)
Director of Christian Education

Please contact us if you are interested in applying for this part-time position.

 


Judith Stafford and Wendy Amuso
Music Directors

E-mail: music@williamsvilleumc.org
Church phone: 716-634-4800

Wendy Amuso and Judith Stafford are Co-Directors of the Music Ministry at WUMC. For over 20 years they have given leadership to the Chancel Choir (45 members strong), the Memorial Bells choir, and our children's Advent Choir. They also recruit a number of excellent soloists and musicians for special music throughout the year.

Their musicianship is only surpassed by their dedication and Christian commitment. Judy and Wendy will happily welcome your involvement in any aspect of the WUMC Music Ministry.

 

 



Brenda Barton
Church Administrator

E-mail: wumc@williamsvilleumc.org
Church phone: 716-634-4800

Originally from this area, Brenda returned to WNY in 2014 and most recently has been employed at Ed Young’s True Value Hardware. A graduate of Wesley Theological Seminary and a certified church business administrator, Brenda has wanted to return to church work. She has served as executive administrator at Christ United Methodist Church in Fairfax Station, Va., and as director of administrative services and conference treasurer in Springfield, Ill.

During her 17 years of active duty with the U.S. Army, Brenda became the first woman commissioned in a combat arms branch. She was the president and founder of Forever Home Feline Ranch, a feline sanctuary and animal support organization in Central Ill., and has six cats of her own. 

Brenda is married to Bill Everett, a high school classmate with whom she reconnected at a class reunion. Brenda has two sons, one living in Springfield, Va., with his wife and son; the other in Springfield, Ill.

 

 

 


 

 Kathleen Ciccone
 Nursery Care Supervisor

 E-mail: wumc@williamsvilleumc.org
 Church phone: 716-634-4800

 Each Sunday morning when parents leave their precious infants  and toddlers in the Crib Room at Williamsville United Methodist  Church, they can rest assured the children are being lovingly  watched over – thanks to Kathy Ciccone and the two nursery assistants that work with her. Kathy cares for infants and toddlers each Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. During the summer when we have one worship service, the Crib Room is available from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. each Sunday.

The nursery assistants that work with Kathy are responsible for monitoring the paging system that is available to parents. In accordance with our Safe Santuaries Policy, they also ensure there are two adults present with your little ones at all times.

Kathy comes to WUMC as the lead child care provider for the Crib Room with years of nursing and child care experience. Kathy was raised in Buffalo and Cheektowaga, and now lives in Clarence Center. After graduating from Maryvale High School, she received her RN degree from the Meyer Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. During the 1970s Kathy worked as a RN at Meyer Memorial Hospital. She then worked as a pediatric nurse during the 1980s for Amherst Pediatric Clinic. Kathy took a break from nursing to raise her daughter and two sons and also care for her parents. During that time, Kathy continued to care for children by providing babysitting services in her home.

If you have any questions for Kathy, please leave a message for her at the church office (634-4800) and she will return your call.