Hometown: Griswold, Iowa
Background: Fred served churches under appointment since 1979 in Ankeny, Janesville, and Clear Lake, Iowa, prior to arriving at Ames’ FUMC in July 2002. He has served on the national boards/councils for both the Christian Educators Fellowship and for The Fellowship of United Methodists in Music and the Worship Arts. Fred has published articles in church resources; led workshops on worship and drama; and has served as an adjunct faculty member for Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in the area of worship and church music. In recent years he has once again been teaching the worship and music course in the Iowa School for Lay Ministry. He has held a number of various leadership positions in the Iowa annual conference.
Fred is father to a son, Nick, , and has been a host father to several international exchange students. Fred is a grandfather to Elizabeth M. Lewis. He loves to cook, to watch movies and theatre productions, to attend musical concerts and art shows. Fred has been serving the city of Ames as chairperson of the city’s Commission on the Arts for the last few years. He is also on the music advisory board for ISU’s department of Music and Theatre.
Education: Fred graduated from Griswold High School in 1972, and received a BA from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, in 1976. He went on to The Methodist Theological School of Ohio in Delaware, Ohio. In 1979, he received a M. Div. and a MA, in Christianity and Drama with Christian Education emphasis. Fred was ordained a deacon in 1977 and an elder in the UMC in 1980. He is a certified Minister of Christian Education.
Responsibilities: Serves as primary designer of worship and preacher. Chief supervisor of the staff with oversight for church administration. Serves as resource person for Finance Committee, Stewardship, Worship, Altar Guild and Worship Arts, Memorials and Gifts,the Board of Trustees, and the Staff Parish relations Committee. Leads the Lay Leadership and Nominations Committee. Works with Church Council Leaders and Lay Leaders on the ongoing vision of FUMC. Preaches approximately, at least, two Saturdays and two Sundays a month. Involved in visitation ministries and teaching ministries
Hometown: Carroll, IA
Background: Nicole always wanted to be a teacher. Granted she first wanted to be a dance teacher and own and operate her own dance studio someday—but still—it was teaching! She was called to teach. Sister Nancy Hoffman was her fifth grade teacher who not only helped instill in her the desire to teach, but also instilled in her the seeds of faith allowing her to continue to learn about the Christian faith and hold it close to her heart. So she went on to earn a degree in elementary education and started working right away for William Penn University in the education division as a teaching assistant in the distance learning program. She worked with non-traditional students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures who were passionate about becoming teachers. She still works for William Penn as the lead teaching assistant for elementary education-distance learning and an adjunct instructor every semester. This has helped her keep up-to-date on current methods in teaching, learning strategies, classroom and behavior management, communication and lesson structure. After college, while living in Muscatine, Iowa, Nicole developed a passion for working in youth ministry. She helped lead a mission trip with high school youth to Ruiz, Nayarit in Mexico and served as an interim youth director at Wesley United Methodist Church before moving to Gilbert. Nicole and her family became members of First UMC in Ames in 2008 and in 2012, Nicole became the Director of Christian Education.
Family: Nicole lives in Gilbert with her husband Ben (a volunteer youth leader with the middle school class), their two children Zachery and Savanna, and their little fur baby Zoey.
“I absolutely LOVE what I do at First UMC. Seeing the excitement on the faces of the children and youth here and the smiles from the adults as they all share in the gospel message make every day here so much fun. I know they are hearing the message and wanting to serve others in Jesus’ name.”
Hometown: New Providence, Iowa
Background: Myrna participated in a variety of activities in school, including basketball, speech, drama, and music. She went on to UNI and attended for two years before she and her husband, Roy, adopted two girls and she received a MOM degree. Myrna and Roy also have one son. She has been a piano teacher since 1960. In 1980, Myrna began her work at FUMC as the church organist, and in 1993, she became the church choir director. In that same year, FUMC’s children’s choir sang with John Denver in his Christmas Concert at C.Y. Stephens in Ames.
Responsibilities: Consults and works closely with the senior pastor and others regarding music ministry needs for worship and special programs. Serves as church organist and directs choirs, recruiting and caring for the volunteers and their families serving on the various musical ministries of the church. Works with others to develop and oversee the music ministry budget; serves on the Worship Cluster and Church Council. Works with the Director of Christian Education on musical needs for Sunday School, mid-week ministries, etc. Helps to plan and promote concerts, recitals, and festivals. Properly maintains the music library, resources, and instruments of the church.
Responsibilities: Serves as the primary staff person working directly with the Committee on Finance: completes monthly reports; attends meetings; monitors and reviews ministry budget items and missions funds, etc.; recommends procedures and policies related to the financial/stewardship ministries of the church; plans and prepares for an annual financial review/audit. Serves as the custodian of all financial records and supplies reports as requested; counts, posts, and deposits offerings and payments for facility use and weddings. Maintains effective computerized accounting system in order to produce and distribute quarterly and annual financial statements, and in conjunction with the Finance Committee, reports to the congregation the financial status and health of the church. Prepares required information for the annual Charge Conference and complete report forms for use by the Iowa Annual Conference. Works with the church’s accounting firm to help manage payroll and all related issues