Rev. Amy Haines, Pastor

Rev. Amy Haines is pastor at First United Methodist.  She conducts Children’s Church for the Bright Beginnings students twice a month. She is passionate about the church universal, where every believer recognizes their connection to one another and together find ways to serve as the body of Christ in this world. She enjoys linking faith and life through preaching, teaching and service. Amy is a graduate of Franklin High School and Muskingum University and has a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. Her hobbies include spending time with her husband and three children (including a Bright Beginnings student!), reading and music.

Kim Crosen, Director

In addition to being the Director of Bright Beginnings and A.C.E., Mrs. Kim is First United Methodist’s Christian Education Director. She has 28 years of experience working with children and an education degree.  She founded Bright Beginnings in 2003 to be a preschool which meets each child at their developmental level through exploration and experiences.  Mrs. Kim has a passion for teaching children from a Christian perspective and her energy and enthusiasm are contagious. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons and is especially fond of a relaxing day at the beach.

Kerri Dome

Kerri is our Church Office Manager. Kerri has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Write State University and she enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.

Becky Frost – Parent Connection

Mrs. Becky has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Toledo.  She enjoys connecting people and diving into important parenting topics and studies. Becky enjoys being in a school setting and watching the children grow socially, emotionally and spiritually.  She loves spending time with her husband and two daughters.  They love to travel, and to have fun adventures with each other.


Jody Gilkison, Bright Beginnings Accountant

Jody manages all the financial aspects of Bright Beginnings, including tuition.  She has a Bachelor of Science – Business Administration in Accounting from The Ohio State University.  She has 29 years of accounting experience.  Jody enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching her boys play competitive golf and scrap booking.

Ida Sellars, Special Events Coordinator

Ida has been with Bright Beginnings for nine years coordinating all our special events like the Pumpkin Patch, Breakfast with Santa, and Spring Sing, among others.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Ohio University.  She loves being able to come to work every day to see our students’ beautiful, smiling faces.  “I feel blessed to be able to form connections with our little ones and their families through all of the fun activities that are planned throughout the year”.  When not a Bright Beginnings, she loves to travel with her husband and two daughters, and enjoys reading, boating, and swimming.

Lois Cox, Office Volunteer
Lois has been volunteering in the church and preschool office for 8 years.  She worked for Dayton Power and Light for 35 years.  She worked in customer service.  After retiring from DP&L, she worked for 15 years in the gift shops on Main Street in Springboro.  Lois enjoys working at Bright Beginnings because of the excitement and noise of the children.  “It is just such a happy place at Bright Beginnings”.