Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church serves families and individuals from Oak Creek, Franklin, Milwaukee, Greenfield, Muskego, and other communities throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Our congregation includes nearly 400 individuals, including confirmed youth. Our mission is to worship God, love and serve all people, grow in faith, and invite others to become disciples of Jesus Christ.
Pastor Wendee Nitz was appointed to Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church (UMC), Oak Creek, WI, on July 1, 2014. She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Wendee studied dental hygiene at Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI. After working in the dental field for 14 years, Wendee went on to a second ministry as a parish pastor. She has completed some Masters in the Science of Management course work at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, and is also trained as a Labyrinth (a walking prayer path) Facilitator, Interim Pastor, Youth Ministry Institute Graduate, Reconciling Process Coach, and Volunteers-in-Ministry Leader.
Rev. Nitz loves to help build bridges of understanding and experience in our communities that help people connect with God and each other. She emphasizes mutual-shared ministries that move people to make a difference in the lives of others. A key interest of Pastor Wendee is inter-generational ministries where many generations help each other see the face of God in each other. It is a joy to bring the Gospel to the next generations while enhancing the spiritual lives of the older generations.
Rev. Nitz has served four previous churches in the Wisconsin Annual Methodist Conference. Before coming to Oak Creek Community UMC, she shared ministry at Good Shepherd UMC in Oconomowoc, Marshall UMC in Marshall, Emmanuel Community UMC in Menomonee Falls, and Asbury UMC in Janesville. Her home church is Trinity-Pilgrim UMC (now called Peace UMC) in Brookfield.
Rev. Nitz enjoys bike riding, walking and reading. She and her husband, Jim, share the blessings of their two adult children, Jeffrey and Bethanee.
Administrative Assistant: Debbie Rush
Debbie Rush has lived in the East Troy/Elkhorn WI area for many years, after growing up in Rockford IL. She came to Oak Creek Community United Methodist Church in April 2015 after retiring from an administrative assistant career at Gateway Technical College, primarily on the Elkhorn WI Campus.
You can find her in the church office from 9am to 2pm, Monday through Thursday.
She has been a worshipper and church musician most of her life, starting with vocal solo work and song-writing as a teenager. Debbie is currently the accompanist for St James United Methodist Church in East Troy and the keyboardist in the Waterford (WI) Celebrate Recovery worship band. She frequently leads worship at conferences and worship jams in southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
Debbie enjoys books, puzzles, driving, and people. She is blessed with three grown children, two grandchildren and a grandcat who thinks she visits just to see him.
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