Meet Our People
Steve has served as pastor of the Orono United Methodist Church since July 1, 2009. Prior to serving in Orono, Steve served as pastor of the Milbridge/Wyman UMC, the Faith UMC, and the Cutler UMC, all in Washington county. A graduate of Orono High School, the University of Maine, and Bangor Theological Seminary, Steve also graduated from Duke University with a doctorate in ministry, with an emphasis on church leadership and communication. Married to wife Judy for 27 years, they enjoy spending as much time as possible with their six awesome grandchildren, and exploring the great state of Maine.
A member of OUMC since 1985, David has been very active in the life of our church family, including a stint as choir director. David is more than our office administrator, he also handles our sound system during worship, sings in the choir, and is active in making sure our fellowship time is a happy occasion!
Our church family has been very blessed to have the wonderful talents of Barb Smith as organist for 46 years! And for many of those years, she has served as our choir director as well. Barb fills our sanctuary with inspiring music from a historic pipe organ, and arranges for other special music during our services.
We are blessed to have Becky Bendure leading our Sunday school program. Becky is the lead teacher at the Infant Toddler Program at U-Maine, and has experience serving in Sunday school leadership positions at other churches. Along with children, church and family, Becky is also passionate about nature, wildlife and gardnening. Becky and her husband (Rick) recently celebrated 33 years of marriage; they make their home in Bangor.