Church Staff

Senior Pastor – Ted Burke

Ted comes to Crestwood UMC after pastoring 18 years at Chapel Hill UMC in Henderson, KY. Ted is married to Paula and they have been married since 1994.  Ted and Paula have between them four children and eight grandchildren. Ted is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.  Ted began pastoring churches in 1978 at the ripe age of 20 years old.  He has pastored Hardyville/Ladies Chapel, McKendree/Salem, Auburn, Wesley/Parkway, Associate pastor at State Street, Trinity, Trinity/Asbury/Kentucky Wesleyan Chaplain, Campbellsville First and Chapel Hill.  In his free time he enjoys raising their long hair English crème dachshunds and golfing.


Minister of Music/Worship Arts – Valerie Keller

Valerie is not an unfamiliar face to Crestwood UMC. She served as Director of Music and Worship Arts from 2006-2009.  She and her husband, Brian have 2 daughters, Abby and Hallie.  Valerie holds degrees from Eastern Kentucky university, and the University of Louisville in piano performance and pedagogy and has spent most of her life in and around choral and contemporary music.   She volunteers each Summer at Loucon Training and Retreat Center http://www.loucon.org/ working with middle school students to help them deepen their walk with Christ while learning and performing a musical in a unique worship and camp setting. At home, Valerie enjoys running, biking with Brian, yoga, and harvesting all the vegetables from their garden.


 

Church Book Keeper, Communications & IT - Delores Eilrich
 

Delores and her family have been attending Crestwood UMC since 2015.  She became a staff member of CUMC in 2018.  She and her husband Doug are graduates of Miami University where they met.  They have 3 children: Martin, Heidi and Hailey, who are students in Oldham County Schools and enjoy the CUMC youth group activities. 

 

 

 


 

Office Manager - Karen Grimes
Born in Louisville, Karen Grimes became a Crestwood resident and CUMC member in 1989.  Since joining the church, she has served as a greeter, communion steward and server, choir member, Vacation Bible School teacher, parent youth leader, Sunday School teacher and Worship Council chairperson.  For many years, Karen used her artistic talents to create banners, paraments and worship centers for the church.  Karen joined the CUMC staff recently, after spending the last twenty years in various administrative office roles in churches and faith-based organizations.  Karen and her husband, Terry have been married for fifty years and have two sons, Jonah and Noah.  A beach girl at heart, Karen’s vacation time is always spent near the water.  She also enjoys reading, Bible study, cooking and spending time with her family and friends and her English Springer Spaniel, Marlee.       


 

Preschool Director – Tina Rose

Tina has been a member of CUMC since 1999.  She started working at the preschool in 2011 when her youngest child went to kindergarten.   She took over as preschool director in May 2014.  Before staying home with her children, Tina worked as an elementary school teacher in Ohio, South Carolina and at Crestwood Elementary.   Tina and her husband Doug both graduated from the University of New Hampshire.   They are parents to 3 daughters, twins, Clare and Emma, and Brynna. When she isn't working, Tina enjoys reading, scrapbooking and cooking.


Youth Minister – Abby Keller
 

Abby graduated from Lindsey Wilson College with a degree in Christian Ministries. Growing up, she attended summer camp at Loucon Training and Retreat Center as a camper and counselor. She says it helped deepen her relationship with Jesus Christ and fueled her passion for serving in youth ministry. She strives to meet youth where they are, and walk with them as they navigate life as a teenager with Jesus. Abby enjoys doing life with youth, her friends, and family. She also loves rock climbing, running, yoga, knitting, gardening, nutrition, functional medicine, fitness and healthy living, and traveling.


   Dena Powell - Custodial & Building Services 

 


Nursery Staff 

    Preschool –  Krystal Knuth        Nursery - Suzanne Smith