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Rev. William “Bud” Budzinski
Office Hours: 8:30-noon Monday – Thursday; off on Friday

About Pastor Bud (click)

About Pastor Bud (click)

Pastor Bud is originally from Thorp, Wisconsin and has been married to his lovely wife, Lori (from Appleton, Wisconsin) since September 16, 1989. They have two daughters, Angela (Mexico Institute, Wilson Center, Washington, DC) and Brianne (Western Carolina University). He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from UW-Eau Claire (History-English), Teaching Degree from North Carolina Central University and a Master of Divinity from Duke University.
They moved to North Carolina in November 1989 and moved to Fennimore, WI in July 2015. Before becoming a pastor, he taught History, English, Science and Drama. In addition to teaching Drama, has built sets for Henderson Rec Players, Granville Little Theatre and Kirby Theatre and played Mordcha the Innkeeper in Fiddler On The Roof. He has also coached football, softball and volleyball. He served three churches in North Carolina: Plank Chapel UMC (5 years), Salem UMC (8 years) and Faith UMC (5 years). He has led over 50 mission teams, foreign and domestic and was involved with and the Chairperson for Disaster Response for the North Carolina Conference United Methodist Church.
He loves ministry (most of the time) and loves to be outdoors and loves to hunt (especially turkey hunting) and fishing. He also enjoys gardening and is an avid reader, J.R.R. Tolkien and Louis L’Amour being his favorite authors. His most awesome experience is that he visited Easter Island, “It was incredible!”
He is a huge Wisconsin Badger fan, Milwaukee Brewer and Washington Nationals fan and yes, a tremendous, die-hard Minnesota Vikings fan.
Favorite words: Where is God in this?
Favorite saying: I have always been crazy, but it keeps me from going insane! (Waylon Jennings)



Chelsea Wanek-Bedward
Office Hours: 8:00-noon Monday – Friday

About Chelsea (click)

About Chelsea (click)

Chelsea was born and raised on a dairy farm outside of Blue River, Wisconsin along with her three older brothers. She is a newlywed (May 22, 2016). Her husband Cory works full time at Energy Management Consultants here in Fennimore, does maintenance on approximately 50 apartments and has lots of side ventures. Cory and Chelsea reside in Boscobel.

Chelsea greatly enjoys being with her family, whether it is attending her nephew and niece’s sporting events, or just gathering together at her parent’s farm. Chelsea also enjoys kayaking, four wheeling, fishing and playing with her dogs Fraser and Mia.

Chelsea graduated from Riverdale High School in 2006 and continued her education at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College. There she obtained a degree in both Marketing and Business Management. Chelsea has worked various jobs before finding her home here at FUMC. Chelsea has a heart for helping people. She is very grateful to be working at FUMC with an awesome group of people and being part of the “church family” from the beginning.

Chelsea’s journey in faith began as a child. Her family attended a non-denominational church for many years before finding their way to BMZ in Boscobel. This is where she really started to “grow”. Chelsea has volunteered as a WNSS assistant (Wednesday Night Sunday School), BMZ Kidz assistant and VBS leader. She also traveled to Jamaica and spent time working at West Haven Orphanage which houses developmentally and physically disabled individuals (most of them being adult aged). The answer is yes, she wanted to take them all home with her. This experience opened her eyes immensely! God is not finished with her yet, and continues to guide her on new adventures!

Pastoral Associate

Renee Thomas
Office Hours: 8:00-3:00 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

About Renee (click)

About Renee (click)

Renee has always had a heart for God’s work. While still in middle school she helped in the Sunday School of her home church in Reedsburg, WI. While doing her career life in Human Resources; Renee attended Willowcreek Community Church in Barrington, IL and become more involved volunteering in Promiseland (Christian Education) and small groups, all the while growing her passion for Jesus Christ.

Renee returned to Wisconsin in 1996 and her life become more fulfilled after having two children and was then called into ministry on a part-time level in 2002 at Fennimore United Methodist Church (FUMC) as the Coordinator of Youth, Family and Children’s Ministry.

Renee continues to fulfill her days serving God and sharing his good news and love with others. At FUMC, Renee enjoys working with the Christian Education Team which encompasses students from preschool to Seniors in High School, leading IMPACT (youth group), coordinating & leading the Celebration Contemporary Worship Services, being a member of the Dream Team (purple people) and being the manager for Fish Fusion the Praise & Worship band at FUMC.

Renee is a simple, ordinary person who loves people and life and whom God led into ministry and he continues to work through. After a serious auto accident in 2005, her life became rededicated to the Lord at a whole new level and her enthusiasm for the Lord and life itself is contagious.

Renee and her husband, Jeff live on the fourth generation family farm and have a blended family of three young ladies and one young man, whom are all very busy. Jeff also enjoys leading worship, singing, cooking, working with FFA, 4H clubs and numerous fairs, and of course being a farmer.


Multimedia & Technical Director

Paul Adney 

About Paul (click)

About Paul (click)

Paul was born and raised in Prairie du Chien, WI. His journey in faith started when he met Father Waumbach when he was in 5th grade. He started attending a Catholic grade school in 6th grade & continued through 8th grade. He continued to serve in the Catholic Church for most of his high school years.

A couple years after he graduated from high school he met a wonderful girl named Kathy. They met on a blind date and felt a connection immediately. They got married just under a year later. Kathy was raised in the Boscobel / Fennimore area and was an active member of a little country church about a mile from her families home. They moved to the area about a year later and started attending her church. They have 3 children, Anthony, Steven & Amber. Paul was active in children’s ministry and facility upkeep of the church & parsonage for several years. As their kids got older they felt they wanted more for their children than the little country church could provide. They transferred to FUMC in 2004 because there was so much more for their kids here and as soon as they walked in they felt at home.

Paul has been active in several areas of the church including Christian Education, Youth Leader, and Fish Fusion. He helps design and facilitate the VBS decorating here at FUMC each year. Around 2010 he accepted the responsibility of learning about webpage administration and what a step that was. It has been very enlightening and satisfying over the years. Since then, there has been a mirage of multimedia tasks and projects that have made their way into FUMC. He is very happy to be here at FUMC and to be able to work with such an amazing group of Volunteers on about every aspect of Multimedia used in a church.

Besides being busy at home as a husband and father, along with the Multimedia & Technical projects here at FUMC. Paul also works full time as Maintenance Coordinator at a local Food Packaging Facility. He has a degree in Industrial Electronics & Robotics, so the technical stuff here makes him feel right at home. He is very thankful that he can use his knowledge to serve God.

Christian Ed. Team Leader

Sherry Kieler 

About Sherry (click)

About Sherry (click)

Sherry grew up in Bloomington,WI. She attended St. Mary’s Catholic School from 1st-8th grade.  She stayed active in youth group through high school and was confirmed at the Catholic church.  She moved to Fennimore to attend SWTC for Early Childhood.

Sherry met Chad after she graduated from SWTC.  They were married in May 2000.  They have one daughter, Riley.  When Riley was little they started attending FUMC.  Riley started Christian Ed. and loved it.  Sherry started volunteering more with Christian Ed. and Impact Youth Group.
Chad and Sherry became members in April 2007.  Since then Sherry has become a member of the Dream Team, Administrative Ministries Team, Christian Ed. Team and a core member of Come For Supper (an ecumenical free meal served to community).  
Sherry has a passion for sharing God’s love with everyone.   She loves teaching the children about Jesus and enjoys watching them get excited to learn.  She connects with the youth and loves watching them grow in their faith and attend youth events with them.  She has started to facilitate connectional groups and has a connection with each person that participates in them.  She always continues to grow in her faith and have a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. 
Sherry has a family daycare in her home where she works full time.  She has had her daycare since 2000.  Chad works for the Grant County Highway Dept. He started in May 2011.  Chad is also the Trustees Team Leader, a Christian Ed. teacher, Dream Team member, Worship Team member, Finance Team member and Administrative Ministries Team member.

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Catrice Hunt

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Julie Baumgartner

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