“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

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620

Email Address: stephenhilker@gmail.com

Deacon Stephen Hilker was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1953, the second eldest of five 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. Deacon 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 recently completed a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry from the Josephinum Pontifical University in Columbus, OH. (He says he is done with school.)

Deacon Steve retired from the State of Michigan after 37 years in various executive positions. He 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 oversees and teaches in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program here at St. Mary Parish and School. They have nine children: Ruth (Ross Hunt, Dallas, TX), John (Catherine, East Lansing), Daniel Hilker, Esq. (Dr. Joanne, Haslett), Kathleen (Dr. Daniel Durusoy, Haslett), Mike (Kelsie, Fargo, ND), Mary (Dallas, TX), David (Ann Arbor), Stephanie (23), and Max (20). They also have ten grandchildren. Steve and Nancy reside in Haslett.

Deacon Steve served as a Deacon with St. Thomas Parish in East Lansing prior to transferring here to St. Mary Parish in early 2008. He serves in the areas of parish administration, liturgy, charitable works (St. Vincent de Paul and K of C), and teaching.

RJ Lomas – Principal

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-4038

Fax Number: 1 (517) 655-3933

Email Address: StMaryWilliamston.RJ@gmail.com 


Leslie Floeter – Secretary

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620

Email Address: leslie.stmarys@gmail.com

Leslie Floeter serves as the secretary for St. Mary Church. She was raised in the
Williamston area with her ten 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

Email Address: stmary.christy@gmail.com

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

Email Address: stmary.laura@gmail.com

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. In 2013, she began to coordinate the 7th and 8th grade Confirmation classes and the St. Mary Life Teen high school youth ministry. Currently, Laura holds the position of Director of Marriage and Family Life Ministry, which entails marriage preparation, marriage enrichment, Family Faith Formation, Life Teen, and sacramental preparation.

Laura graduated in 1999 from Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in theology with a concentration in catechesis. Joining her in ministry is her ever faithful husband and friend Nick, who is great with young people and complements Laura’s efforts to help families encounter Christ more closely in their daily lives. Laura and Nick have five beautiful children, Joseph, Isaac, Miriam, Seth and Zachary. The Hahnenberg family is very active together, enjoying many different types of sports and activities. Laura simply sees Marriage and Family Life Ministry as an expansion of her own family.

May the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary and Joseph – pray for us!

Nancy Hilker – Director of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620

Email Address: HilkerNancy@gmail.com

This will be my 8th year teaching at St. Mary School where I am the program coordinator of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. I have been happily married to Deacon Hillker for 37 years and we have nine children and six grandchildren. I am involved with Marriage preparation, Bible study, intercessory prayer and preparing families for Baptism. I love our welcoming parish and dynamic pastor!

Sue Bauer – Director of Music

Phone Number: 1 (517) 655-2620

Email Address: sueb@deercreeksales.com

Sue Bauer plans liturgies, administers the music department, oversees hymnals, and oversees the sound system, as well as serving as a keyboardist for Masses. Sue started her love of music here at St. Mary when she attended St. Mary School, played guitar at Mass, and took piano lessons. When there was a need for another organist, Sue then pursued lessons and studied classical organ performance for a number of years.

Sue was music director at St. James in Mason for 9 years, played at St. Martha in
Okemos for 10+ years, and has been back at St. Mary as Music Director since October

Matthew Morse – Head of Facilities/Maintenance

Phone Number: 517-655-2620

Email Address: matthewmorse46@gmail.com


Saint Mary Catholic Church of Williamston, Michigan

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