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.
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.
Suzanne Dinwiddie, Lay Leader
Suzanne has been a United Methodist as long as there have been United Methodists, first coming to the church at the time of the union between the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren. She believes deeply in our Wesleyan theology and in the value of being part of a larger connectional church. Over the years, she has been active in congregations in California, Washington, Kentucky, and again in Washington, participating in Bible studies and other small groups, as well as serving in many administrative and technical roles. She has also served in camping ministry and district training opportunities.
Suzanne’s deep desire is for Sumner United Methodist Church to be a truly welcoming place for people of all generations, backgrounds, needs and interests. She hopes we can provide ways to connect with one another in doing life together, to grow in knowledge and spiritual formation, and to serve the needs of our local community as well as our state, nation and world.
Suzanne and her husband Sid have been married for 46 years and have one adult daughter who teaches orchestra in the Puyallup School District. In retirement, Sid works part time as an industry consultant. They have also cared for multiple pet hedgehogs for the past 25 years, particularly rescues and those with medical issues, currently sharing their home with three special rescues.