As of July 1st we have welcomed a new pastor and his wife to our community of faith here in Pleasant Valley. When asked to provide a brief bio and photo, here is what Pastor Mike Antici shared. We invite everyone to join us in welcoming Pastor Mike and Karen to PVUMC, and would encourage you all to come visit us in worship on Sundays at 9:30am.
After being part of the New Life United Methodist Church family for more than 25 years, Mike found himself walking on a path that only God could have prepared. He has always called Connecticut home, but even more so when he walked down the aisle of a Connecticut UMC and married the love of his life, Karen. They settled down in their own home where Karen’s strength and trust in the Lord became contagious to Mike and he soon found himself worshiping Jesus with a love and compassion he would never have thought possible.
In 2003, Mike was certified as a local lay speaker in the United Methodist Church organization and began his further walk with Christ. Through the years, he utilized his skills as a sound engineer paired with his IT background to help build a safe and comfortable worship environment for the community.
Recently, the Lord guided Mike down a path to receive a degree in Psychology, opened his eyes and mind to the possibility that Jesus has plans for him that reach much further than the technology he has built his career on. Fueled by a renewed passion for his family, church and God, he listened carefully when as he was called to ministry as a Pastor.
In his free time, when he’s not renovating his home alongside his wife, or spending special time with his family, he descends into his wood shop in his basement for some therapeutic ‘ukulele lutherie.
Karen is from a small town in upstate New York and has built a beautiful family with Christ at the head, followed by her husband and two boys: Ethan and Nick.
Worshiping at New Life UMC for more than 25 years before following her husband to help him pastor Pleasant Valley UMC. Though she now attends Pleasant Valley UMC, she still finds herself employed to care for the New Life UMC with a passionate love as sexton.
Karen loves music, and often will gift others with her amazing voice, many times while enjoying her passion for gardening and organizing, knitting, scrap booking. You’ll very often find Karen with a book in hand reading anything she can get her hands on. She loves all animals and adores being outside, even in winter (unlike her husband).