Rebecca Mincieli, Senior Pastor
Pastor Rebecca grew up in Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Business. She then moved to the New York City metro area where she worked in sales and marketing for International Playtex. After meeting her husband, John, they moved to Cape Cod in 1984, where they owned and ran a restaurant in Hyannis called ‘Up the Creek’. Eventually, they started a food products company, Olde Cape Cod Foods, and distributed food products (salad dressings, soups, condiments, and crackers) to supermarkets and local stores. In 2000, Rebecca received her Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton, and served as the Assistant Pastor at South Yarmouth United Methodist Church for 5 years. For 10 years she was the Senior Pastor at the Northside United Methodist Church. Rebecca has two children and three grandchildren, and enjoys golfing, walking, kayaking, tennis and being outside. Her faith in God has been important to her since childhood, and always knew she wanted to serve God, and share the love of Christ with others. Pastor Rebecca deeply loves the Lord, and will tell you that she walks out the door every day, saying, “I love my job!”
Allison Deyo, Director of Children & Youth Ministries
Allison Deyo was born in Atlanta, GA but raised in Falmouth, MA when her, her mother and her sister moved to Cape Cod in 1997. As a child, she loved going to church, singing in the choir and learning about God.
To be closer to her father, Allison moved to Atlanta and attended Georgia State University. While living there, Allison encountered Jesus, experienced his unconditional love, received his undeserving forgiveness and decided to walk with Him. Allison received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Marketing and received a certificate in Trade Show & Event Planning. Before moving back to Cape Cod in 2013, Allison helped many of her clients refinance or purchase a home as a Mortgage Consultant.
Allison is very passionate about helping communities and those that are in need. She worked heavily with Cape Cod Healthcare Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation and J. Mack Robinson School of Business. Currently, Allison is on the Board of Directors for “Wings for Falmouth Families,” a local, non-profit organization founded by her parents in 2003, to help provide financial assistance to families (with school aged children) when they are experiencing a medical crisis or tragedy. Allison enjoys running outside, swimming in the ocean and reading on the beach. Allison feels most connected to God when she is listening to music, journaling and studying God’s word. In the future, Allison hopes to start a family, travel to every continent and learn how to swim without holding her nose.
Kari Fietek, Director of Music Ministries
By 1976 Kari Fietek was working as a substitute church organist for various churches and teaching private piano lessons at the age of 14. She studied classical piano at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music in Milwaukee. After high school she studied A level Music in England and achieved Grade VIII classical piano through Britain Royal College of Music system. She played first horn in the Milwaukee Youth Symphony and Wisconsin State Honors band, and with a local youth symphony while in Buckinghamshire, England. Kari’s dad is a Lutheran pastor who served at various churches through Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Kari was a Music Major at Luther College in Iowa, and finished her college study at Mount Holyoke College. She formed the music school “Score Music Studios” in 1996 and a popular rock band called Daughter Judy in 1997 that performed covers and originals for 4 years. Kari directed the choirs and children’s music, and coordinated special music for Bourne United Methodist and Cataumet United Methodist churches. Kari and husband, Andrew, are parents of twins, Meadow and Roland. Andrew teaches music and junior high band at the Lawrence School.
Mirela Chisbora graduated from Stony Brook University with a doctoral degree in music and piano performance. She also holds a Master’s of Music degree in piano performance from New England Conservatory and a Bachelor’s of Music degree in piano performance from Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. While growing up in Romania, she won prizes at several national competitions and performed with symphonies in the country. Her teaching experience includes a teaching assistantship at Stony Brook University, New York, and piano faculty positions with Concord Community Music School in New Hampshire and Riverhead Community School for Music and the Arts in New York. Mirela has been teaching piano at the Cape Conservatory since 2003, sharing her expertise and joy of music with students of all ages and backgrounds.
Laura Peterson, Church Administrator
Laura Peterson lives in South Yarmouth with her husband. She has two grown children and a yellow Labrador Retriever. Laura worked for twenty five years for Sight Loss Services, the Cape and Islands central resource agency for people learning to cope with the loss of sight, serving as Financial Director, Senior Home Independence Instructor, and Executive Director. During her time at SLS, she developed innovative programs and resources for the visually impaired community and taught countless visually impaired individuals to live safely and independently in the home environment. After leaving SLS, she worked for the Senior Service Corps program at Elder Services of Cape Cod and the Islands where she matched volunteers age 55 and older with agencies throughout the Cape and Islands in need of volunteer help, including Habitat for Humanity, the Falmouth Service Center, The American Red Cross, The NamVets Food Pantry, and The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, to name a few. More recently, Laura worked at the Northside United Methodist Church in Brewster as the Office Administrator where she met Pastor Rebecca. She came to John Wesley UMC in January of 2015.
In her spare time she loves to travel with her family in their camper. Laura has volunteered for the Special Olympics, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, Red Acre Farm Hearing Dog Center and the Cape and Islands United Way. She walks in the annual MSPCA Walk for Animals and is a member of PFLAG of Cape Cod.
Debra Sutherland, Nursery Attendant
Debra Sutherland lives on Cape Cod with her husband, Skip. Debra received her Bachelor Degree of Science in Early Childhood Education and Associates Degree in Mental Health. Debra has 13 years of experience in childcare and two years teaching Second Grade in Florida. When Debra isn’t watching the children of John Wesley UMC, she is cooking and eating delicious food from one of her favorite chefs, Barefoot Contessa.
John Loewen, Sexton
Since 2011, John Loewen has been the dedicated Sexton of John Wesley UMC. Prior to John Wesley, John was the Sexton at the North Falmouth Congregational Church. Before serving the church, John was a Verizon Repairman for over 27 years. John has been happily married for over 42 years and and has two sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren.
John loves going on long walks, gardening and landscaping, going to the beach and cheering on his favorite sports teams: the Red Sox and Patriots!