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.

Rick McDaniel CAMBRIDGE CAMPUS PASTOR & STUDENT PASTOR Rick McDaniel joined our staff in September 2014 as the main Pastor of Student Ministries. In January of 2016, Rick became the lead pastor of our Cambridge multisite ministry. He is passionate about leading youth to Christ as well as ministering to the body of Christ as a whole. Rick and his wife Gena are blessed with three children: Sydney, Carson, and Isabella

Rick McDaniel
CAMBRIDGE CAMPUS PASTOR & STUDENT PASTOR

Rick McDaniel joined our staff in September 2014 as the main Pastor of Student Ministries. In January of 2016, Rick became the lead pastor of our Cambridge multisite ministry. He is passionate about leading youth to Christ as well as ministering to the body of Christ as a whole. Rick and his wife Gena are blessed with three children: Sydney, Carson, and Isabella

 
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.

Brent Boxell ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP Brent Boxell joined our staff in June of 2017 as the Assistant Director of Discipleship. He oversees our small group ministry and helps people get connected in order to grow in their walk with Christ. Brent also is the leader of our Pastor Prayer Partner ministry. He is married to his wife Shelley, and together they have a son, Bryson.

Brent Boxell
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP

Brent Boxell joined our staff in June of 2017 as the Assistant Director of Discipleship. He oversees our small group ministry and helps people get connected in order to grow in their walk with Christ. Brent also is the leader of our Pastor Prayer Partner ministry. He is married to his wife Shelley, and together they have a son, Bryson.

 
Cathy Bear INTERIM DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP Cathy is currently serving as our Interim Director of Worship. She oversees and helps to schedule our weekend services and faithfully leads our worship teams. Cathy is passionate about leading others in worship, as well as teaching and mentoring people in their walk with Christ. She is a gifted singer and pianist, and is also a former kindergarten teacher.

Cathy Bear
INTERIM DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP

Cathy is currently serving as our Interim Director of Worship. She oversees and helps to schedule our weekend services and faithfully leads our worship teams. Cathy is passionate about leading others in worship, as well as teaching and mentoring people in their walk with Christ. She is a gifted singer and pianist, and is also a former kindergarten teacher.

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.

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.

 
Tammie Konvicka DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES Tammie served in our youth ministry as a volunteer for over 6 years before being hired as staff in 2013 as the Director of Student Ministries. Tammie disciples youth of all ages by teaching at weekly meetings, leading bible studies, organizing events, and by building meaningful relationships. Her heart is to encourage young people to pursue God and to equip them to be today's Church. She feels that one of the most rewarding things about her job is to witness a young person find their identity in Christ and live boldly for Him. Tammie was married to the late Don Konvicka for 19 years and has two young adult children, Katelyn and Nathan.

Tammie Konvicka
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT MINISTRIES

Tammie served in our youth ministry as a volunteer for over 6 years before being hired as staff in 2013 as the Director of Student Ministries. Tammie disciples youth of all ages by teaching at weekly meetings, leading bible studies, organizing events, and by building meaningful relationships. Her heart is to encourage young people to pursue God and to equip them to be today's Church. She feels that one of the most rewarding things about her job is to witness a young person find their identity in Christ and live boldly for Him. Tammie was married to the late Don Konvicka for 19 years and has two young adult children, Katelyn and Nathan.

Natalie Zook DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY Natalie joined our staff in August of 2015 as our Director of Children’s Ministry. Natalie oversees all ministries related to children from birth to 5th grade. This includes our nursery, Sunday School, Children’s Church, Ignite, and all Children’s Ministry events throughout the year. She is passionate about connecting kids with Jesus and the church, and has a vision to partner with parents as they develop their kids in Christ. Natalie comes to us from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies. She is also certified in Mental Health First Aid for youth.

Natalie Zook
DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Natalie joined our staff in August of 2015 as our Director of Children’s Ministry. Natalie oversees all ministries related to children from birth to 5th grade. This includes our nursery, Sunday School, Children’s Church, Ignite, and all Children’s Ministry events throughout the year. She is passionate about connecting kids with Jesus and the church, and has a vision to partner with parents as they develop their kids in Christ. Natalie comes to us from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Studies. She is also certified in Mental Health First Aid for youth.

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.

Pam Gramling TREASURER Pam joined our staff in September of 2000 as our Treasurer. She is responsible for First UMC’s accounts payable, payroll, financial reporting, and budgeting. She loves the people she works with, and loves to see our churches ministries in action. Pam especially enjoys seeing the smiling, bright faces of the Little Green Apple Preschool students when she is in the building each week. She is passionate about lifestyle and health-related ministries such as the Daniel Plan. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa. Pam and her husband Christopher have 3 children: Bryce, Paige, and Jessa.

Pam Gramling
TREASURER

Pam joined our staff in September of 2000 as our Treasurer. She is responsible for First UMC’s accounts payable, payroll, financial reporting, and budgeting. She loves the people she works with, and loves to see our churches ministries in action. Pam especially enjoys seeing the smiling, bright faces of the Little Green Apple Preschool students when she is in the building each week. She is passionate about lifestyle and health-related ministries such as the Daniel Plan. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Iowa. Pam and her husband Christopher have 3 children: Bryce, Paige, and Jessa.

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.