The Staff


Pastors

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Photo Credit: Peter Hellberg

Pastor Bob Ruedebusch

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Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Photo Credit: Mitya Ku

Pastor Bill Schmilling

How long have you been at First Church?  I have been here since 2015

What is your favorite part of your job?  Bringing, through my visits, the church to those who are no longer able to attend church and letting them know they are remembered.

What is the least favorite part of your job?  I love all parts of my job, I have no disappointments

What is your favorite food?  Pizza—of course!

 


Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Photo Credit: dimnikolov

Pastor Taylor Johnson

How long have you been at First Church?  I have been a member of First Church for 13 years, and on staff for 6.

What is your favorite part of your job?  My favorite part of my job is the relationships I have made with people and experiencing life with them, and leading God's people in praise and worship on Sunday mornings!

What is the least favorite part of your job?  Nothing comes to mind.

What is your favorite food?  Pizza. Pineapple totally belongs on pizza!


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Pastor Andrea Johnson

How long have you been at First Church?  I have been at First Church a little over 2 years.

What is your favorite part of your job?  So many highlights, it’s too hard to pick a favorite. 

What is the least favorite part of your job?  My least favorite…the chaos and disorganization of my office during busy times of the year.  Who am I kidding…that’s all the time!

What is your favorite food?  Hmm…so many good things!  I’m always up for trying something new!  (as long as it’s not seafood… as I’d like to keep breathingJ)


Music Ministry

Kelby Fode, Director of Tradational & Unity Worship

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Pastor Taylor Johnson, "The Light" Worship Leader

Scripture has a lot to say about light. From God commanding light into existence to that very light breaking through darkness, light is prevalent in our story as people of God. Jesus says to us, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me won’t walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” Our vision at The Light is to point people to the TRUE Light. The service is a place for people to be introduced and reintroduced to faith in an accessible, yet challenging way. While the music is modern, we are deeply rooted in worship of the God who creates, redeems, and sustains. Come, experience the work of the Holy Spirit in the world and in your life, and don’t be afraid to come into The Light.


Marcia Klimes, Organist

How long have you been at First Church?  I think I've been at FUMC for 4 1/2 years.  I think I started in March of 2013.

What is your favorite part of your job?  I love getting to play the wonderful instruments at the church...both the organ and the pianos.  It's so much fun playing lots of music and I love how appreciative people are of the music that I choose.

What is your favorite food?  My favorite food depends on the time of year.  In late summer, it's BLT's with corn on the cob.  In the fall it homemade apple pie.  At Christmas, it's homemade turtles and truffles.  In January, it's homemade vegetable soup.  Year round though, I'd say homemade pizza!

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9:45 Unity Band

    11:00 Praise Band

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Next Generation Family Ministry

Pastor Andrea Johnson, Minister of Family, Children & Students

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Kassidi Smith, Coordinator of Children's Ministry


Curtis Mittendorf, Coordinator of Student Ministry

How long have you been at First Church?  Been going for 5 years, member for 4, working for 1

What is your favorite part of your job?  Sharing the love of Jesus with all of the youth kids and hearing them talk about their faith. Doing the research and building questions for bible studies. 

What is the least favorite part of your job?  Being introverted in an extroverted job. Stepping out of my comfort zone. 

What is your favorite food?   Sushi!

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Connection Ministry

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Lynne Jones,  Connections Director

How long have you been at First Church?  Member for 20 years, on staff for ??? I don't remember when I started.

What is your favorite part of your job?  The variety of tasks and seeing our members get excited about implementing new ministries.

What is the least favorite part of your job?   Paperwork and budgets 

What is your favorite food?   Too hard to pick 


Office Staff

Jeri Floyd, Receptionist
Pam Knuth, Administrative Assistant to the Lead Pastor
Tami Prostrollo, Director of Administration
Jill Johnson, Graphic Designer/Assistant to the Foundation
Sarah Callahan, Financial Administrator
Cynthia McConniel,  Librarian
Jacob Forstein, Facilities Director
Tovia Forstein, Don Jones, Donna Plank, Custodians