New Members on October 29, 2017

Robert and Carol Cairns are changing their membership from Affiliate members with North Kingstown United Methodist Church in Rhode Island to a full membership with Sun Lakes United Methodist Church. Robert spent his childhood in Delaware, graduating from the College of Wooster and the University of Rochester. He is retired from the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island. Robert enjoys his grandchildren, as well as his handyman activities. Carol grew up in Central Pennsylvania, graduating from the University of Rochester and is retired from Community Health nursing. She enjoys photography, exploring and travel. They have two children and two grandchildren.

Ken and Barbara Clarke are transferring their membership from Shepherd of the Valley United Methodist Church, Phoenix. Ken was born and raised in Chicago. He is retired from retail management. Barbara was born into a military family and moved a number of times as a child, settling in Chicago after high school. She is retired from law firm accounting. Their travels include Barbados, Cayman Islands, Cozumel, Hawaii and Honduras, where they enjoyed their shared hobby of scuba diving. They also enjoy walking, reading, golf and traveling. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Bob and Joyce Claus – Joyce is transferring membership from Desert Hills Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale and Bob as an Associate of Evangelical Presbyterian Churches, Presbytery of the West. Bob was raised in California and graduated from California State University, Northridge, in Business Administration and Religious Studies; he received his Masters of Divinity at San Francisco Theological and McCormick Theological Seminaries. He has been a Pastor at three churches over 30 years and retired in 2015. He is currently serving as a Hospital Chaplin. Joyce was raised in Roseland, a neighborhood in Chicago. She has her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and is retired as an elementary teacher and Adjunct Instructor of Education at Trinity International University. She is self-employed at Potter’s Publishing, where she is a writer and publisher of curriculum called the Workshop Rotation Model for Children’s Sunday School. They have two children, Jill and Jamie. Bob enjoys photography, physical exercise, travel, technology, spiritual care and theology. Joyce enjoys hiking, gardening, working out at the gym and creating either ideas or something artistic.

Bemis and Jan Eshbaugh are transferring their membership from Saint Peter Lutheran Church, Mesa, Arizona. Bemis was born and raised in Oregon, Illinois and retired from General Casualty Company. He served eight years on the Board of Illinois State Crime Stoppers. Jan was born and raised in Freeport, Illinois and retired from Lennar Homes. They married in 1965 and moved to Moline, Illinois, where they raised their family and moved to Mesa in 1994. The Bemis’s hobbies are golf and spectator sports – he mentions he is one happy Cubs fan! He is proud of his family and successful marriage. Jan’s hobbies are watching college football and basketball. The highlights of her life have been volunteering, the joy of raising her children, and spending time with her 91-year-old mother. 

Marne Miksis is re-affirming her faith. She was born and raised in Blue Island, Illinois. She is retired from advertising. She enjoys hiking, gardening and family. Marne maintains a condo in the village of Schaumburg, Illinois and appreciates our beautiful Arizona winters. Her brother is Ken Clarke, who is also becoming a member today.

Mark and Patti Stapels are transferring from St. Stevens Catholic Church. Mark’s childhood was spent in Detroit, Michigan. He attended seminary in Ohio and graduated from Eastern Michigan University. He has retired twice–once from Brothers Industries in manufacturing for 35 years and the second was self-employment, owning Jets Pizza in Chandler. Mark says life has been good to him, and he has enjoyed traveling to China, Russia, Italy and the United Kingdom. He enjoys football, coin collecting, treasure hunting, swimming and refers to himself as a pet lover. Patti called Madison Heights, Michigan home. She is currently employed with Dillon Precision Products in Scottsdale. She enjoys walking, swimming, casino gaming, golf and her pet kitties.

New Members on September 19, 2017