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Meet our Music Staff

Phone: 440.255.3496
Email: Email MUMC

Our music staff pursues excellence with passion in order to bring glory to God.  We are always adding new singers and musicians to our dynamic team.  Whether you're a casual singer, a garage band rock star, or classically trained, you are invited to use your gifts to glorify God.

Contact any of the staff or more information!

Amy Bender

Director of Music and Organist
Bell Choir Director, Charter Members Director, Chancel Choir Director

Phone: 440.255.3496 Ext. 116
Email: Email Amy

​Amy Bender serves as the Director of Music and Organist. She directs the Chancel Choir, Charter Members Men’s Choir, Canticle Bell Choir, and plays the organ for Sanctuary Worship.

Amy grew up in Euclid, Ohio, attended Baldwin-Wallace College, and graduated in 1981 with a Bachelor of Music Education degree. She began her career as a music teacher in the Mentor Public Schools in 1981 and joined the music staff of Mentor UMC the following year. In 1994 she earned a Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counseling from John Carroll University.

Favorite scriptures: “Praise the Lord!  Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty firmament!  Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp!  Praise Him with timbre and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe!  Praise Him with sounding cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals!  Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!  Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 150)

Tammy Palermo

Children’s Choir Director
Phone: 440.255.3496 Ext. 110
Email: Email Tammy

Tammy Palermo grew up nearby in Troy Township and graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a vocal emphasis from our own Otterbein College in Westerville Ohio. Her college summers were spent at Camp Asbury in Hiram. After graduation, Tammy taught music at Groveport Madison Middle School South and Riverside High School. After her involvement with MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers), the Library Committee, and the Commission on Education, she felt God tugging at her to apply and interview for the Director of Children & Family Ministries in October 2007. Tammy believed that she would be a stay at home mom once her children were born, but clearly God had other plans for her! She is married to Michael Palermo. Together they have two children, Eliana and Evan. Tammy is excited to be a part of the ministry at Mentor UMC!

Favorite Scriptures: “No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8​

Eliana Palermo

Cherub Choir Director
Email: Email Eliana

Eliana started working at Mentor UMC in September of 2015.

Bonnie Budziak

Phone: 440.255.3496 Ext. 116

Bonnie joined us in 2022.


Modern Worship Director
Email: Apply here:

Is your calling to create and direct a compelling modern worship experience through music and media, that authentically leads others into the presence of God? Are you a passionate visionary who can support the continued evolution of contemporary worship that seeks to welcome and engage those who currently participate as well as engage those that we have not yet been able to connect with? We’re looking for a leader who can recruit and develop a team of emerging leaders and energize the existing team to bring their passion for singing, playing, and leading to continue to grow our Modern Worship service at Mentor UMC.

*This position requires applicants to submit a statement of faith alongside their resume. 

Learn more about requirements and how to apply here: