STAFF & LEADERSHIP

  • REV. JOE DIPAOLO

    Lead PASTOR      

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    Pastor DiPaolo leads through preaching, worship leadership, visioning, supervising staff, and engaging in pastoral care. 

  • Rev. Janet Saddel

    Pastor

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

  • James Ruchalski

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    James is the worship leader for our 9:30 Contemporary Service and plans and leads worship each Sunday.  Contact James if you would like to be part of our vibrant service!

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • faith kickery

    coordinator of children's ministry

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    Faith oversees our children’s ministry program, including Sunday school, Children’s Church and events like our annual VBS.   

  • 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.

  • laura meisl

    facilities Director

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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.

  • Brian Lehman

    Resident Artist

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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.

  • Amanda Culp

    Discovery corner preschool director

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

  • Katherine Spear

    Membership SECRETARY

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    Katherine's 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.

  • 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. 

  • KAREN SENKOWSKI

    DIRECTOR OF CONGREGATION CARE

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

  • jennifer isenberg

    Financial manager

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     Jennifer brings over nine years of accounting experience and an M.A. in Business Administration to the First UMC administrative team.  She supports the financial staff and works closely with our Finance and Stewardship Teams.   

  • Pam Young-White

    Bookkeeper

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    Pam oversees all financial bookkeeping at First Church.

  • George Johnson

    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.

  • 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.