Meet our Staff

Our Volunteers

Like so many churches, we would be nothing without those unheralded individuals whose gift of themselves goes beyond what mere words can ever hope to personify. Our church and our community and our world are better for it. Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!

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Pastor Kim Gold

More coming soon...

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Bonnie Elman - Administrator

A member of First United Methodist Church, Bonnie has been the church administrator for many years having come from the corporate environment of Digital Equipment Corporation and Compaq Computer. She is a member of the FUMC choir, plays in the Handbell Choir, and serves on the Church Council.

Many around FUMC know Bonnie for her "Bear-With-Me Ministry"; a service that shares God's love in the form of a huggable teddy bear. People can ask for a bear to be given to an adult who may not have someone to provide the comfort that only a bear-hug can give. There is no charge for the bears, often given to the people anonymously, bringing joy to those who have received one.

You may reach Bonnie via e-mail at

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Lisa Schliker - Music Director

Lisa became the Music Director at FUMC in the fall of 1996. Her duties as Music Director include directing the FUMC Choir, directing the Handbell Choir, and assisting the Pastor with the planning of music for the weekly services. She graduated with honors from the Hartt School at the University of Hartford with a degree in Music Education in 1994.

She teaches private voice lessons through the River's Edge School of Music and directed the River's Edge Chorale between 2016 and 2019. She is the editor of FUMC monthly newsletter.

Lisa is a lifelong resident of Hudson and currently lives in town with her husband Chuck. Lisa is employed full-time at TJX Corporation in Marlborough, MA where she works as a Continuous Improvement Partner in the IT department. She holds a Certificate in Database Design and Administration from Northeastern University. She is a certified Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys golfing with her husband.

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Mario DiMare - Sexton

In June 2010, Mario joined our staff in this capacity. Seeing to the care of the church building. As our Worship Sexton, preparing the sanctuary and Lamson Hall for Sunday worship and for special services including funerals and weddings.

Mario has been a resident of Hudson for most of his life. He has been married to Christine, a lifetime resident since birth and wed on Valentine’s Day in 1984. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren (so far). He worked at Digital Equipment Corporation for 13 years where he was recognized as an international award-winning artist.