Staff & Leadership

  • REV. JOE DIPAOLO

    SENIOR PASTOR

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    Pastor DiPaolo leads First Church through preaching, worship leadership, visioning, supervising staff, and engaging in pastoral care. He also serves on a variety of denominational and ecumenical boards.

  • Rev. Janet Saddel

    Associate Pastor

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    Pastor Janet leads the ministries of Christian Formation and Discipleship and Mission and Evangelism. 

  • Chris Phillips

    Minister to Families and Children

    Chris works with the Children's Sunday school, family events and Upward Basketball.


  • samuel longmire

    minister to youth and young adults

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    Samuel joined the staff in August 2018 and has a great passion to reach people for Christ!  He will work with our Youth and Young Adults to share his love of the Lord and His plan for the young people of our church!

  • dr. brian norcross

    Worship & Music Director

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    Brian is the Director of Music and oversees all musical activities for sanctuary worship.  He directs the Chancel Choir, selects music, hymns, service music, musicians, administers sound and light for sanctuary services.

  • Joe Anthony

    Contemporary Worship Leader

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    Joe leads Contemporary Worship at First Church. 

  • Brian Lehman

    Director of Worship Arts

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    Brian endeavors to activate the visual arts in the worship experience. FUMC's goal of connecting people to their faith through the arts is paramount in his role. Parishioners experience this through classes, art shows, live art and seasonal installations.

  • Katherine Spear

    Membership SECRETARY

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    Katherine serves as unpaid staff at First Church. Her primary role is to oversee care for the membership records of First Church, but she serves in many capacities to help First Church run smoothly.

  • Peter Omundsen

    Organist, Bell and Youth Choir Director

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    Peter is the church organist and is the longest tenured staff member at First Church. He directs the Chapel (youth) Choir and the Wesley Handbell Choir. 

  • laura meisl

    facilities manager

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    Laura coordinates all aspects of the building, calendar, rentals, events and custodians. This includes working with the Trustees and the Mighty Men to maintain the building and grounds.

  • KAREN SENKOWSKI

    DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATION CARE

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    Karen coordinates all aspects of pastoral care for First Church. This care includes hospital and home visitation, transportation to appointments and Sunday services, providing meals, prayer shawls, grief care, and sending cards and care packages.  Prayer requests are submitted to Karen.  

  • Libby Barringer

    Discovery corner preschool director

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    Libby directs the Discovery Corner Preschool Program at First Church. To learn more about Discovery Corner and its staff, go to www.discoverycornerpreschool.org

  • Jan betty

    Director of children's choirs

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    Jan directs 2 children’s choirs at First Church. The Carol Choir is for children in 3rd through 6th grade, and meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM. The Cherub Choir is for children 3 years old through 2nd grade and meets Saturdays at 10:30 AM.

  • Matthew Suter

    Pastoral & Administrative Assistant  

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    Matt is in three days a week, and his work includes overseeing IT and financial controls, as well as other office and pastoral support duties.

  • Sharon Heagy

    church secretary

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    Sharon handles the clerical needs of the staff and congregation, and assists those who come to the church during the week.  She is in charge of the bulletin, newsletter and keeping the information flowing smoothly to the congregation. 

  • Sandy Gibbs

    Bookkeeper

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    Sandy oversees all financial bookkeeping at First Church.

  • Kathy Ockrymiek

    Finance assistant

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    Kathy primary responsibility is financial oversight at First Church. She reviews transactions, reports and estimates future financial needs.

  • SAm Stoner

    Weekend Custodian

    You will see Sam at First Church cleaning, setting up, and generally making sure First Church is ready for its guests on Sunday mornings.

  • George Johnson

    WEEKday Evening CUSTODIAN

    You will see George evenings at First Church cleaning, setting up, and generally making sure First Church is ready for its guests on throughout the week.