Church Leadership

“Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.”

John 12:26 

First United Methodist Church – Nominations Report

For service beginning or continuing on January 1, 2023.
Updated on February 5, 2023

To learn about the various church committees and their role in serving the church, read our FUMC Committees summary.



Administrative Board Officers


Chair: Brandon Crisp
Vice Chair: Jennifer Bevel
Secretary: Dustin Goss
Treasurer: Mark Hamre




Executive Team (ex officio members of Ad. Board)


Brandon Crisp (Chair)
Jennifer Bevel (Vice Chair)
Cindy Walter (Past Chair)
Dan Kilday (SPRC)
Judy Kostura (Finance)
Ed Berger (Trustee)
Rev. Taylor Fuerst (Senior Pastor)




Coordinating Team (ex officio members of Ad. Board)


Board of Trustees Chair: Ed Berger
Staff-Parish Relations Committee Chair: Dan Kilday
Finance Chair: Judy Kostura
Youth Ministry Chair: Leslie Ivey
Children’s Ministry Chair: Meredith Wooderson
Adult Discipleship Chair: Annemarie Potts
Communications/Marketing: Anthony Gutierrez
Congregational Care Chair: Virginia McCarroll
Connections Chair: Amanda Cripe
Mercy and Justice Chair: Becca Edwards
UMW President: Patricia Kenrick
Pastors: Taylor Fuerst, Cathy Stone, Brad King; Program Staff: Devon Bailey, Emily Buchanan, Lara Greene, Rachel Wright



Administrative Board


The Administrative Board is empowered to elect to office any vacancies in this report or that may occur in the course of the year.

Board Officers
Chair: Brandon Crisp
Vice Chair: Jennifer Bevel
Treasurer: Mark Hamre
Secretary: Dustin Goss

Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Rev. Cathy Stone
Dr. Brad King


Committee Chairs
Ed Berger
Amanda Cripe
Becca Edwards
Anthony Gutierrez
Leslie Ivey
Patricia Kenrick
Dan Kilday
Judy Kostura
Virginia McCarroll
Annemarie Potts
Meredith Wooderson

Staff (Ex-Officio, Voice, No Vote)
Devon Bailey
Emily Buchanan
Scott Davis
Lara Greene
Marcia Houston
Jen Seibel
Ken Spivey
Mark Steves
Amy Wink
Rachel Wright




Members at Large

Class of 2023
Haley Mills
Danielle Thoma
Karen Janes
Adam Wooderson
Dixie Houston
Monica Choi
Scott Wilder

Class of 2024
Steve Tackett
Rick Russell
Tom Calnan
Amy Monkman
Christie Wilson
Sharon Bayliss
Melissa Biegert
Hunter Biegert

Class of 2025
Penny Appleby
Coco Cheng
Charlene Cheng
Leta Deithloff
Henry Joyner
Andy Weary
Becky Weary
Daphne Mills
Madison Gove
Sally Watkins
Kennedy Kilday
Brooks Schuelke, District Lay Leader




Appointed Clergy 


Senior Pastor – Taylor Fuerst
Associate Pastor – Cathy Stone
Associate Pastor – Brad King
All other FUMC Staff (ex-officio with voice, but no vote)




Staff-Parish Relations Committee


Chair: Dan Kilday; Staff: Rev. Taylor Fuerst
Ex-Officio: Brandon Crisp, Administrative Board Chair/Representative; Sandy Wilder, Annual Conference Delegate
Staff: Rev. Taylor Fuerst


Jon George
Alan Stephens
Becky Strandwitz
Annemarie Potts
Meridith Albright
Dan Kilday*
Meme Drumwright
Scott Wilder
Rose Martinelli




Annual Conference Delegates 


(3 for FUMC, plus 4 District Delegates)
Alternates: Sandy Wilder


Becca Edwards
Terri Purdy
Kaitlyn Mills
Thomas Mills
Deborah Wilder
Rachel Wright
Heather Schuelke







Finance Team


Chair: Judy Kostura
Staff: Rev. Taylor Fuerst, Emily Buchanan
Ex-Officio voting: Brandon Crisp, Administrative Board; Mark Hamre, Treasurer; Stewardship Chair; and representatives from SPRC, Trustees & Annual Conference Delegate


Bert Greene
Lisa Pittman
Judy Kostura*
Leslie Story
Clay Daigle
Charlie Roth
Casey Mills
Chip Morris
Glenn Karisch




Board of Trustees

Chair: Ed Berger
Staff:  Mark Steves, Emily Buchanan


Alison Binford
Tom Strandwitz
Catherine Waggoner
Ed Berger*
Curtis Novinger
Emily George
Steve Houston
Ben Liggett
Julie Nelson




First United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, Inc
Board of Directors


Members at Large
Jim Kaighin (2023)
Lisa Owens (2023)
Kevin Waggoner* (2024)
Matt Purdy (2024)
Karen Janes (2025)
James Guerra (2025)

Administrative Board Chair: Brandon Crisp
Finance Chair: Judy Kostura
Board of Trustees Chair: Ed Berger
Church Treasurer: Mark Hamre
Registered Agent: TBD
Senior Pastor: Rev. Taylor Fuerst






Committee on Nominations & Leadership Development


Chair: Rev. Taylor Fuerst


Kaycee Crisp
Curt Shaw
Davis Covin
Jan Ashmos
Caroline Jones
Tom Ausley
Ann Young
Carly Criscoe
Amy Wink




Adult Discipleship Team


Chair:  Annemarie Potts
Staff: Emily Buchanan


Deborah Wilder
Ellis Pittman
Whitney Thurman
Curt Ashmos
Pete Meeker
Kristin Robertson
Curt Shaw
Amy Wink




Children Ministries Team


Chair: Meredith Wooderson
Staff: Lara Greene, Jen Seibel, Roxie Garza


Jane Bowen
Erin Scarth
Kimberly Kelly
Sean Barry
Cassie Gresham
Jennifer Barry




Youth Ministries Team


Chair: Leslie Ivey
Staff: Devon Bailey


Whitney Thurman
Melanie Greene
Mark Steves
Adele Boerner (HS)
Tamra Golden
Rebecca Yohe
Monica Choi
Kennedy Kilday (HS)
Tim Deschner
Sam Blome (HS)
Hunter Biegert(HS)
Melissa Biegert




Mercy and Justice Team


Chair: Becca Edwards
Staff: Rev. Cathy Stone
District Mission Board Member: Becca Edwards


Davis Covin
Lisa Hildebrand
Daviss King
John Hathaway
Shirley Derryberry
Cindy Walter
Sally Watkins
Judy Chambers
Terri Purdy
Caroline Jones
Keely Nugent
Randy Teich




Mercy and Justice Work Group Leaders:


Green Team – Caroline Jones
LGBTQ Ministries – TBD
Homelessness – Randy & Ann Teich
At the Well – Judy Chambers




Connections Team


Chair: Amanda Cripe; Staff: Amy Wink. Rachel Wright


Liz Kilday
Deborah Wilder
Steve Tackett
Ben Patterson
Rick Ortiz
Alice Parrish
Robbie Cripe
Laura Velez




Communications /Marketing


Chair: Anthony Gutierrez; Staff: Rachel Wright


Keefe Boerner
Jackie Mader Archey
Laura Lee Daigle
Tony Gius
Mary Faye Randolph




Congregational Care Team


Chair: Virginia McCarroll; Staff: Brad King


Silver Link Ministry Team
Mercy MakersComfort and Joy Ministry
Chair-Robbie Ausley
Rebecca Yohe
Judy Breckbill
Virginia McCarroll
Debbie Rippetoe




United Methodist Women


  President-Patricia Kenrick  


The Administrative Board is empowered to elect to office any vacancies in this report or that may occur in the course of the year.



FUM Preschool 2023-2024 Advisory Board


Samia Broadway (Chair)
Ellen Springer (Treasurer)
Jane Bowen
Stan Casey
Anthony Guitierrez
Katie Kaighin


Ex-Officio Members:
FUMC Director of Discipleship
FUMC Director Of Finance
FUMC Director Of Children’s Ministries
FUMP Director
FUMC Finance Committee Rep
FUMC Trustees Rep