Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter    DIRECTING PASTOR   Pastor Chris has been our Directing Pastor since 2009. He also oversees our Multisite Ministry. He is the author of  Seven Things John Wesley Expected Us to Do for Kids , published by Abingdon Press in 2016. Pastor Chris holds a Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and graduated  magna cum laude  from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1997. Chris has been married to Becky for 28 years, and together they have four adult children: Hannah, Isaac, Sarah, and Samuel. Our pastor blogs at  peopleneedjesus.net .

Rev. Dr. Christopher Ritter
DIRECTING PASTOR

Pastor Chris has been our Directing Pastor since 2009. He also oversees our Multisite Ministry. He is the author of Seven Things John Wesley Expected Us to Do for Kids, published by Abingdon Press in 2016. Pastor Chris holds a Doctor of Ministry in Evangelism from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and graduated magna cum laude from Candler School of Theology at Emory University in 1997. Chris has been married to Becky for 28 years, and together they have four adult children: Hannah, Isaac, Sarah, and Samuel. Our pastor blogs at peopleneedjesus.net.

   Les Zook    CAMBRIDGE INTERIM PASTOR   Les has been in ministry for twelve years and has served as the Interim Pastor at Cambridge since 2017. Les and his wife, Becky, have lived in Geneseo since 2015; they previously served as caretakers at Colona House, a ten-story, 153-unit housing development in East Moline where they also founded the church “God’s Little Corner” on-site.  Their son, Nathan, lives in San Diego, California where he works with the Navy and their daughter, Natalie, lives in Clermont, Florida where she serves as Children’s Ministry Director at a United Methodist church. Les loves to serve the Lord and says “as long as his body will let me” he will continue to serve in ministry.

Les Zook
CAMBRIDGE INTERIM PASTOR

Les has been in ministry for twelve years and has served as the Interim Pastor at Cambridge since 2017. Les and his wife, Becky, have lived in Geneseo since 2015; they previously served as caretakers at Colona House, a ten-story, 153-unit housing development in East Moline where they also founded the church “God’s Little Corner” on-site.  Their son, Nathan, lives in San Diego, California where he works with the Navy and their daughter, Natalie, lives in Clermont, Florida where she serves as Children’s Ministry Director at a United Methodist church. Les loves to serve the Lord and says “as long as his body will let me” he will continue to serve in ministry.

 
   Brent Boxell    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR   Brent Boxell joined our staff in 2017 and as Executive Director he oversees the day-to-day operations of the church in addition to directing our Life Group ministries. Brent loves to help people get connected in order to grow in their walk with Christ. Brent also is the leader of our Pastor Prayer Partner ministry and is involved in the Men's Ministry. He and his wife Shelley have a son, Bryson.

Brent Boxell
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Brent Boxell joined our staff in 2017 and as Executive Director he oversees the day-to-day operations of the church in addition to directing our Life Group ministries. Brent loves to help people get connected in order to grow in their walk with Christ. Brent also is the leader of our Pastor Prayer Partner ministry and is involved in the Men's Ministry. He and his wife Shelley have a son, Bryson.

   Yvette Biddle    DIRECTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP   Yvette has been on our team since 2010 serving our church family with her hospitality and caring spirit. As our Director of Discipleship, Yvette oversees many ministries that help people get connected within the church. You will find her every Sunday greeting newcomers, caring for our congregation, and praying with people. She is passionate about seeing people grow in their faith and helping them to do so. Yvette regularly leads several ministries including group bible studies, the Alpha Course, and more. She and her husband Matt are blessed with two children: Maddy and Max.

Yvette Biddle
DIRECTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP

Yvette has been on our team since 2010 serving our church family with her hospitality and caring spirit. As our Director of Discipleship, Yvette oversees many ministries that help people get connected within the church. You will find her every Sunday greeting newcomers, caring for our congregation, and praying with people. She is passionate about seeing people grow in their faith and helping them to do so. Yvette regularly leads several ministries including group bible studies, the Alpha Course, and more. She and her husband Matt are blessed with two children: Maddy and Max.

 
   Tim Brinkman    DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP   Tim has served as Director of Worship since 2017, overseeing the many facets of the music and arts ministries in the church and helping to plan and lead the weekend services. He and his family bought their house in Geneseo years before Tim joined the staff (his wife, Andrea, is a native of the area) and they are thrilled to be serving at a church within walking distance of their home. Tim is passionate about worshiping God, is a fan of a diverse array of music styles, and loves people. He has written dozens of praise and worship songs and loves to sing and worship with the guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, and just about any other instrument he can get his hands on.

Tim Brinkman
DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP

Tim has served as Director of Worship since 2017, overseeing the many facets of the music and arts ministries in the church and helping to plan and lead the weekend services. He and his family bought their house in Geneseo years before Tim joined the staff (his wife, Andrea, is a native of the area) and they are thrilled to be serving at a church within walking distance of their home. Tim is passionate about worshiping God, is a fan of a diverse array of music styles, and loves people. He has written dozens of praise and worship songs and loves to sing and worship with the guitar, piano, bass guitar, drums, and just about any other instrument he can get his hands on.

   Christina Swain    DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY   Christina joined our staff in 2018 as our Director of Children’s Ministry after years of serving our church as Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, and Sunday School Superintendent. Christina oversees all ministries related to children from birth to 5th grade, including our Nursery, Sunday School, Children’s Church, Ignite, and all Children’s Ministry events. She holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is passionate about serving the families of our church as she draws children to Jesus, develops them in Jesus, and deploys them for Jesus. Christina and her husband, Jason, have two sons, Jaedin and Alexander.

Christina Swain
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Christina joined our staff in 2018 as our Director of Children’s Ministry after years of serving our church as Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, and Sunday School Superintendent. Christina oversees all ministries related to children from birth to 5th grade, including our Nursery, Sunday School, Children’s Church, Ignite, and all Children’s Ministry events. She holds a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is passionate about serving the families of our church as she draws children to Jesus, develops them in Jesus, and deploys them for Jesus. Christina and her husband, Jason, have two sons, Jaedin and Alexander.

 
   Brennon & Marley Gramling    CO-DIRECTORS OF STUDENT MINISTRIES   Brennon and Marley grew up in Geneseo and met each other in the student ministry at First Methodist. After marrying, Brennon joined the Marines, which took the two of them to many places in the US before God opened the door for them to return to their hometown and eventually serve as Co-Directors of the same student ministry in which they were raised. They have a heart for discipleship and making Wednesday night student ministry an opportunity for outreach where all youth in the community are welcomed. Brennon and Marley have one daughter, Caroline.

Brennon & Marley Gramling
CO-DIRECTORS OF STUDENT MINISTRIES

Brennon and Marley grew up in Geneseo and met each other in the student ministry at First Methodist. After marrying, Brennon joined the Marines, which took the two of them to many places in the US before God opened the door for them to return to their hometown and eventually serve as Co-Directors of the same student ministry in which they were raised. They have a heart for discipleship and making Wednesday night student ministry an opportunity for outreach where all youth in the community are welcomed. Brennon and Marley have one daughter, Caroline.

   Jan Dallas    OFFICE SECRETARY   Jan has been our Church Secretary since December of 2006. She is responsible for managing the church office and reception desk, taking care of administrative tasks, and organizing the bulletin each week. Jan has a helpful and caring heart and loves to interact with the church family on a daily basis. She has a B.S. in Marketing and has worked in Project Managing before coming on staff at our church. Jan is married to Phillip Dallas and has two stepsons: Ryan and Collin.

Jan Dallas
OFFICE SECRETARY

Jan has been our Church Secretary since December of 2006. She is responsible for managing the church office and reception desk, taking care of administrative tasks, and organizing the bulletin each week. Jan has a helpful and caring heart and loves to interact with the church family on a daily basis. She has a B.S. in Marketing and has worked in Project Managing before coming on staff at our church. Jan is married to Phillip Dallas and has two stepsons: Ryan and Collin.

 
   Marsha Kuriger    MUSICAL ASSISTANT   Marsha has been on staff since 1993 serving as our Music Assistant. Marsha faithfully plays the prelude for our traditional services, accompanies the choir, directs the Women’s Ensemble, and assists our Director of Music in their job as well. Occasionally, Marsha plays the flute in the wind ensemble and also plays the organ. She is passionate about touching people’s hearts with music and feels that it is such an important aspect in our worshiping God. Marsha is married to her husband, Craig, and together they have 4 children and step children: Steve, Karen, Doug, and Karen.

Marsha Kuriger
MUSICAL ASSISTANT

Marsha has been on staff since 1993 serving as our Music Assistant. Marsha faithfully plays the prelude for our traditional services, accompanies the choir, directs the Women’s Ensemble, and assists our Director of Music in their job as well. Occasionally, Marsha plays the flute in the wind ensemble and also plays the organ. She is passionate about touching people’s hearts with music and feels that it is such an important aspect in our worshiping God. Marsha is married to her husband, Craig, and together they have 4 children and step children: Steve, Karen, Doug, and Karen.

   Cindy Rugland    CHILDCARE COORDINATOR   Cindy Rugland is our Childcare Coordinator here at First, and oversees all Childcare staffing and organization for every ministry event at our church. She lovingly takes care of all of our young children during our weekend services and throughout the week during our other ministries and events. Cindy is passionate about teaching children how to worship and how to love Jesus at a very young age, and you can see it in the way that she cares for our kids. She loves being with children and sees her job as blessing and a calling. Cindy is blessed with 5 children of her own: Adam, Melissa, Christopher, Maxwell, and Bryce; and 3 grandchildren: Elijah, Adeline, and Jayden.

Cindy Rugland
CHILDCARE COORDINATOR

Cindy Rugland is our Childcare Coordinator here at First, and oversees all Childcare staffing and organization for every ministry event at our church. She lovingly takes care of all of our young children during our weekend services and throughout the week during our other ministries and events. Cindy is passionate about teaching children how to worship and how to love Jesus at a very young age, and you can see it in the way that she cares for our kids. She loves being with children and sees her job as blessing and a calling. Cindy is blessed with 5 children of her own: Adam, Melissa, Christopher, Maxwell, and Bryce; and 3 grandchildren: Elijah, Adeline, and Jayden.

 
   Terry Haars    FINANCIAL SECRETARY   Terry Haars is the Financial Secretary here at First United Methodist Church. She also works at the Little Green Apple Preschool. She is passionate about children and loves to be with them and teach them. Terry also teaches Confirmation classes for our 8th graders and leads missions trips with them. She has a servant's heart and enjoys helping out in any way that she can. Terry is married to her husband, Randy, and together they have four children: Amanda, Kasey, Kolby, and Gia.

Terry Haars
FINANCIAL SECRETARY

Terry Haars is the Financial Secretary here at First United Methodist Church. She also works at the Little Green Apple Preschool. She is passionate about children and loves to be with them and teach them. Terry also teaches Confirmation classes for our 8th graders and leads missions trips with them. She has a servant's heart and enjoys helping out in any way that she can. Terry is married to her husband, Randy, and together they have four children: Amanda, Kasey, Kolby, and Gia.

   Sharon Bruce    HEAD CUSTODIAN   Sharon began working at our church with her cleaning business B&B Cleaning Service back in 1989. In 2007, she was hired on staff as our Head Custodian. For the past 27 years, she has enjoyed making our church clean and inviting for everyone to enjoy. Sharon is married to her husband Jamie and together they have a son, Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Crystal, and two grandsons Drake and Caden.

Sharon Bruce
HEAD CUSTODIAN

Sharon began working at our church with her cleaning business B&B Cleaning Service back in 1989. In 2007, she was hired on staff as our Head Custodian. For the past 27 years, she has enjoyed making our church clean and inviting for everyone to enjoy. Sharon is married to her husband Jamie and together they have a son, Jeffrey, daughter-in-law Crystal, and two grandsons Drake and Caden.