Rev. Dione Corsilles, Pastor
Rev. Dione Corsilles is an ordained elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference. He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Dione completed a Degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and completed his Master of Divinity Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He has served as Pastor of a United Methodist Church in Seattle and as a Chaplain at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dione has deeply valued his experience in the Upper Room’s 2 year Academy for Spiritual Formation and it’s focus on holistic spirituality.
Rev. Dione loves learning about cultures, experiences and contexts that shape one’s perspective. He values openness, difference and diversity, believing we are called to be open to difference, open to others and open to God’s work in the world. In his spare time he loves playing sports, watching musicals and having quality family time with his spouse, Sarah, and three children.
Gayle Roberts, Ministry of Congretional Care
Gayle Roberts leads our ministry of congregational care, in partnership with Pastor Dione and our congregational care team. Gayle went back to school mid-life to become a nurse and completed her training in Practical Nursing in 2000. Before changing careers, her background was in early childhood education. She owned a preschool, and raised her three children as well as a few extra’s that seemed to find their way into her home. She has worked in hospice, school nursing, with seniors, and also as a family caregiver with her mother. She spent 12 years working in the educational field of healthcare; training professional and family caregivers, writing and developing curriculum that was used by the state of Washington in their programs for home-care workers. In 2006 she attended a speciality training at Pacific Lutheran University in Parish Nursing. Her passion is holistic care of body, mind, and spirit within the faith community and family setting.
Gayle enjoys creating a beautiful and peaceful home and garden for her husband Mike and for their friends and family to visit. They have three grown children in the Puget Sound area and five grandchildren that bring her laughter and joy. Her bliss is found on sunny days on her back porch, watching the birds and the wind blow, reading a book with a glass of iced tea, and her big black dog by her side.
Joyce Hopkins, Organist
Joyce joined the music team at Sumner UMC in 2013 after substituting in area churches for many years. An organist since age 14, she continues to study privately with Joseph Adam, Director of Music at St James Cathedral in Seattle. In addition to music, Joyce enjoys photography and volunteering as a historical interpreter at Fort Nisqually in Point Defiance Park in Tacoma.