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Rev. Troy Bowers has been the Senior Pastor since July, 2012. Troy has served United Methodist congregations in Salina, Wichita, and Abilene. While pastoring in Abilene, Troy received a call to be the Pastor and Director of the La Paz Community Church and International Center in La Paz, Bolivia. Following a four year appointment in Bolivia, the family relocated to Antwerp, Belgium and the International Church there. Troy and his family returned to the United States in the Spring of 2004.
Troy's wife Amy is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church and is currently the Chaplin and Volunteer Coordinator at Homecare and Hospice in Manhattan. Troy and Amy have two daughters and one granddaughter.
The Bowers love to travel, spend family time at the Lake of Ozarks, and meet new friends while exploring area restaurants. Troy’s favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:17, “And whatever you do, whether in word or in deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ!”
Rev. Melanie Nord Martin has been a pastor at FUMC since July, 2012. Melanie is a life-long Kansan and a graduate of Kansas State University. She graduated with her Master in Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. At FUMC, Melanie is involved with the community care and support efforts. She also helps facilitate group and community opportunities. During the spring and summer months you can find her gearing-up for the Global Leadership Summit the church hosts at the K-State Union. Her greatest passion at FUMC is helping people reach their full potential and grow in their relationships with God and others.
Melanie loves the Manhattan area and all it has to offer. She enjoys community events, festivals and walking downtown. She has a passion for nature, indoor plants and Netflix.
Melanie’s favorite Bible verses are John 14:16 – 21 and II Corinthians Chapter 4.
Rev. Sarah Marsh is a native Kansan who was raised in the United Methodist Church in Halstead, just north of Wichita. She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois with a B.A. in English in 2000, and from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey with an M.Div. in 2007. She was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2010 and received into full membership with the Kansas West Annual Conference.
Rev. Marsh began her ministry as an associate pastor at College Hill UMC in Wichita in 2007. In 2011, she was called to serve Tecumseh UMC where her involvement with the Topeka Justice and Unity Ministry Project led her deep into community ministry and resulted in a move to Lawrence to work with the organization Justice Matters.
On the annual conference level, Rev. Marsh currently chairs the Great Plains’ Mercy and Justice Team. In addition to her ministry within the UMC, Sarah has lived out a call to be in relationship with the children of Pimpollo Broetje Ciudad de los Ninos (a home for children in southern Mexico) since 2001.
Sarah is a proud aunt, Godmother, and self-proclaimed grandmother to many on both sides of the border. She loves travel, poetry, and the sunshine and flowers of her garden.
Pastor Chelsea was appointed on July 1, 2017 to be the Director of Campus Ministry at K-State Wesley and is also serving part time at FUMC, working with college aged students and young professionals. Chelsea is from Pratt, KS and a graduate of K-State (BS in Animal Science and Industry, 2009). In May 2017, Chelsea graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL with a Master of Divinity.
Chelsea has a passion for people, justice, and stewarding God's good creation. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outside, and world travels (especially to South Africa).
Chelsea's favorite Bible verse is John 1:5: "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it".
The Connections Coordinator is the first point of contact assisting guests and members in the church office and over the phone. The Connections Coordinator is responsible for the first impressions ministry, event and volunteer scheduling, administrative and technical support to the pastoral and program staff, database management, and social media communications.
The wedding coordinators meet with the couple several weeks prior to plan and assist in the ceremony details. Working closely with the pastoral, office, and custodial staff, wedding coordinators ensure each couple getting married at FUMC has a memorable, smooth-running ceremony.
Melissa DeWitt and her husband Randy have attended FUMC since 2007. They joined in 2013 and Melissa has been serving as one of the wedding coordinators since December of 2013 and as the Connections Coordinator since August of 2018. Melissa previously spent several years teaching middle and high school English. She and Randy have two children.
Courtney joined the FUMC staff in 2017 as the part time Program Coordinator of Children and Familiy Ministires and moved into the full time job of Director of Children and Family Ministries in 2018 after being a faithful volunteer.
Courtney and her husband, John, grew up in Oklahoma. They have lived in Manhattan since 1999. They have two adult daughters. Courtney's favorite thing to do is spend time with family. She also likes: to read; go for a run; do crossword puzzles; the Chicago Cubs; being outdoors; and her two dogs, Bella and Gracie.
Courtney also loves hanging out with kids! They bring her great joy and give her energy. She wants to help them know how much God loves them and show them His love in everything she does in her ministry with them. Courtney believes everyone would be happier with young children and a pet in their lives. Both are beautiful examples of God's unconditional love and grace.
Cathlene is a Manhattan native and a member of FUMC since 2001. She and her husband, Eric, have three children; Dylan, a student at KSU; and high school aged twins, Hannah and Tyler.
Cathlene had volunteered in the children’s and youth ministries for 10 years before becoming the Youth Director in 2017.
Her favorite season is winter and would like to see snow on the ground from December to February. She enjoys books, technology, music, coffee, and socializing with anyone. Cathlene enjoys traveling and finding new adventures. Her favorite Bible verse is James 5:16 “Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
As church Sexton, Nancy does the cleaning of the church, and is a finder extraordinaire. If she can't find it, it doesn't exist at FUMC. She has been an employee since 2000 and a member since 2012.
Nancy has been married to Don since 1973. They have two children, Jennifer & husband Dave Klingele (children Cadie, Joselyn & Zach), and Michael (deceased) & wife Kara (children Melanie, Ashlyn & Bryton). In addition to working for FUMC, she is the bookkeeper for Holmes Cleaning Services, Inc., which specializes in carpet cleaning and water damage restoration. Nancy and Don live in the country and she always has the dirtiest vehicle in the FUMC parking lot. They also have a McCaw named Sherlock, an Amazon named Joey, and 7 unnamed parakeets.
The Director of Weekday Early Education is responsible for the operation of First United Methodist Preschool & Children's Day Out, a program serving families in our community as a weekday ministry to children ages 1 to 5 years.
Lindsay has been a member since 2014. She has been married to Travis since 2006. They have two young children.
If you have items for the bulletin, monthly newsletter, worship screens, or website, send them to Deanna.
Deanna has been the Communications Coordinator at FUMC since November, 2012 and a member since 2004. She and her husband Ryan have a son born in April, 2004.
Ryan began as the kitchen coordinator and the chef for the Wednesday Community Meal in December, 2015 and has been a member of FUMC since 2004. Ryan is also the cook for the monthly United Methodist Men's breakfast. He is also employed as a baker at Hy-Vee and has been with the company since 2010.
The worship leader for the contemporary service helps pick songs appropriate for the sermon series while also leading practices with the band.
Eric has been the worship leader since July 2013. Eric also works at Pawnee Mental Health as a substance abuse therapist and graduated from Washburn University in 2016 with a masters in social work. Eric is married to Pastor Melanie and they have a daughter born in November, 2014. Eric has run 3 marathons (and plans to do more). He also released an album on iTunes called "transitions".
Clerical assistant does all printing of newsletter, bulletins letters, etc. and other duties around the office and church.
Judy has been a member since 1975 and an employee since 1984. She is also the Director of "Toys for Manhattan," a community program which receives donated toys and other items at Christmas and allows families to shop for presents for free. She also works for Ahearn Hospitality at KSU. She has been married to her husband, Bill, since 1991.
Wedding coordinators meet with the couple several weeks prior to plan and assist
in the ceremony details. Working closely with the pastoral, office, and custodial staff, wedding coordinators ensure each couple getting married at FUMC has a memorable, smooth-running ceremony.
Jill has been a wedding coordinator since 2015 and a member since 2003.
Jill is also a Project Coordinator for McCownGordon Construction.
Debra is in charge of cleaning and taking care of the church on Wednesday evenings, the weekends, and making preparations for Sunday worship services. She also provides assistance for special events, including inclement weather. She has been employed by FUMC since August, 2009. She also works at SHOP QUIK on the overnight shift.
George is in charge of cleaning and taking care of the church in the evenings during the week. George's wife is Arlene.