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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)

Bonnie Budziak

Phone: 440.255.3496 Ext. 116

Bonnie Budziak is a graduate of the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where she won the Michael Gollobin Piano Competition. After graduating, she worked at Kings Productions (Taft Boradcasting) and Kings Island in Cincinnati. Her early music training was at the Fine Arts Association where she eventually became the Theatre Chairperson, Staff Accompanist, and Outreach Director. She was Auditorium Manager at Mentor School Fine Arts Center for 10.5 years. She has accompanied the Lakeland Civic Chorus, the Lake County Messiah Chorus, and Cleveland Opera on Tour and was the organist for St. Hubert's Chapel. Bonnie has been the rehearsal accompanist for the Fine Arts Community Chorus since it began in 2008. She has been a frequent guest pianist with the Fine Arts Faculty Woodwind Quintet.

Bonnie joined us in 2022 as the Chancel Choir Accompanist.


Director of Modern Worship
Phone: Full-time (flexible hours)

Elevate Worship, Inspire Faith: Become Our Director of Modern Worship

Are you a visionary leader with a passion for music, technology, and creating worship that resonates with today's congregation? Mentor United Methodist Church is looking for a dynamic and creative Director of Modern Worship to evolve of our contemporary worship services and programs. This pivotal role is your opportunity to create engaging and meaningful worship experiences that support our mission to lead all onto a path of Christ-centered discipleship.


If you're eager to lead our community by planning transformative worship, utilizing your talents in music, technology, and leadership to draw hearts closer to God, then we invite you to join us. Let's create a space where faith is deepened, spirits are lifted, and the worship experience is unforgettable. Your vision and creativity could be the key to unlocking a more profound sense of connection and devotion within our church family. We can’t wait to hear from you: