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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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  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.  

  • James Ruchalski

    James is the worship leader for our 9:30 Contemporary Service.  Contact James if you have any interest in being part of our vibrant service.

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Pam Young-White

    Bookkeeper

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    Pam oversees all financial bookkeeping at First Church.

  • Jennifer Isenberg

    Financial Analyst

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    Jennifer is in charge of reviewing and advising the First Church financials.  

  • 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.

  • 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.