“In order to execute strategy and help the boat reach shore, the staff is the most important team of all. The staff share, as the Second Vatican Council says, in the ministry proper to the pastor. The goal of their ministry is to call forth and equip others to do the work of ministry so that the Church may be built up.”
Stephen Hilker – Deacon
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Deacon Stephen Hilker was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1953 the second eldest of 5 children. As a child, he attended Gesu Grade School in Detroit and as a young man, Detroit Catholic Central. He went on to attend Michigan State University where he earned a B.S. in Psychology and an M.B.A. in Management and has done post-graduate work in accounting. Steve is a CPA and holds a number of other financial certifications. He has studied Public Policy at the Doctoral level at Western Michigan University and is completing a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Josephinum Pontifical University in Columbus, OH.
Deacon Steve recently retired from the State of Michigan after 37 years in various executive positions. Steve answered the call to serve the church as a Deacon on June 30, 1990, after 3 years of Diaconal studies with the Diocese of Lansing. He was ordained by Bishop Kenneth Povish.
Deacon Steve was fortunate enough to have Nancy, his wife, marry him on June 28, 1980. Nancy serves as a teacher and Catechist at St. Mary School. They have 9 children and three grandchildren, Ruth (Ross Hunt, Dallas, TX), John (Catherine, Dubai, U.A.E.), Daniel Hilker, Esq. (Haslett, MI.), Kathleen (Dr. Daniel Durusoy, 3 grandchildren), Mike (Minot, N.D.), Mary (Dallas, TX), David (G.R. MI.), Stephanie 17, and Max 14. Steve and Nancy reside in Haslett.
Steve’s served as a Deacon with St. Thomas Parish in East Lansing prior to transferring to St. Mary Parish in Williamston in early 2008. He serves in the areas of parish administration, liturgy, charitable works (St. Vincent DePaul and KofC), and teaching. There are 127 Deacons in the Diocese of Lansing.
Leslie Floeter – Secretary
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Leslie Floeter serves as the secretary for St. Mary Church. She was raised in the
Williamston area with her 10 brothers and sisters and grew up as a member of St. Mary
Church. Leslie attended Western Illinois University where she earned her B.S. in Justice
Administration. Leslie then returned to Michigan where she graduated from Thomas M.
Cooley Law School and earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.). Leslie previously worked for the
office of the Michigan Attorney General.
Leslie currently acts as the Procurator/Advocate for the Parish and as the Chair of the
Hospitality Team. Leslie also works as an Assessor to the Tribunal at the Diocese of
Christy Whiting – Director of Discipleship and Evangelization
Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2520
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Christy Whiting joined the staff at St. Mary in 2018. Her passion is to introduce people to the Holy Spirit, who fills us with God’s love and empowers us to bring His life-changing love to those around us. Previously she co-founded and directed the Upper Room ministry at Christ the King Parish in Ann Arbor, leading weekly Praise & Worship events, facilitating classes and other special events, and doing social media outreach. She has also done extensive prayer ministry, taught Life in the Spirit Seminars, traveled on mission trips, and ministered to young adults, college students, and teens. Before working full-time in the Church, she was a nanny, taught in a Montessori school, and was the administrator of a pro-life pregnancy resource center. She received her B.S. from Eastern Michigan University with a double major in psychology and (interpersonal) communication. In addition to her work at St. Mary, she is pursuing an M.A. in pastoral studies degree at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. When she’s not working, she loves to spend time with family and friends, enjoy nature, read, and go swing dancing.
Laura Hahnenberg – Director of Marriage and Family Life Ministry
Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620
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Laura Hahnenberg joined St. Mary Parish and became a catechist teaching 8th grade religious education shortly after she, her husband Nick and young children moved to Williamston in 2006. Currently she coordinates the 7th and 8th grade Confirmation classes and the high school youth group. Laura graduated in 1999 from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in theology with a concentration in catechesis. Joining the youth ministry team is her ever faithful husband and friend Nick, who is great with young people and complements Laura’s efforts to help the teens encounter Christ more closely in their daily lives. Laura and Nick have five beautiful children, Joseph, Isaac, Miriam, Seth and Zachary. The family is very active together, enjoying many different types of sports and activities. Laura simply sees youth ministry as an expansion of her own family.
Teens, please feel free to drop in for a visit to Life Teen on Sunday evenings during the during the school year or check out the summer schedule as there are many activities to participate in at the parish for all teens.
Nancy Hilker – Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Email Address: HilkerNancy@gmail.com
Sue Bauer – Director of Music
Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620
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Mrs. Sue Bauer plans liturgies, administers the music department, and serves as keyboardist for Sunday Masses. She is also the keyboardist at the Wednesday 8:00 AM School Mass. Sue has been with the parish since October 2008.
Matthew Morse – Head of Facilities/Maintenance
Phone Number: 517-655-2620
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