To contact someone, email the individual or call the church office at 785-776-8821 to speak with one of the pastors or staff.

  • Troy Bowers - Senior Pastor

    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 has been married to his wife Amy for 27 years. She 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, Jovi who is 21 and Sidnee who is 20. They also greatly enjoy one 5 year old 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!”


  • Melanie martin - Associate Pastor of Congregational Care

    Rev. Melanie Martin has been an associate pastor at FUMC since July, 2012. Melanie is from Shawnee, KS 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 oversees the Congregational Care Team. This team consists of a variety of volunteers providing care through one-on-one and group settings.

    Melanie’s husband, Eric, is the contemporary worship leader at FUMC. The Martins have two daughters, born November 2014, and July 2017. The Martins also love animals and share their home with their dog, Lexi, and cat, Eliza.

    Melanie’s favorite Bible verses are John 14:16 – 21 and II Corinthians Chapter 4.


  • Sarah Marsh - Associate Pastor of Mission and Community Outreach

    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.


  • Chelsea Shrack - KSU Wesley Pastor & Pastor of Young Adults

    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". 


  • Mary jane adams - Church Administrator, Music Coordinator, Director of Morning Glory Choir

  • Jodi caldwell - Morning Glory Choir Accompanist

  • Melissa DeWitt - Wedding Coordinator

    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 2008. They joined in 2013 and Melissa has been serving as one of the wedding coordinators since December of 2013. Melissa previously spent several years teaching middle and high school English and currently enjoys spending all her time raising two small children at home.

  • Nancy holmes - Sexton

    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, Michael (deceased) & wife Kara (children Melanie, Ashlyn, & Bryton), and Jennifer & husband Dave Klingele (children Cadie, Joselyn, & Zack). 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 4 unnamed parakeets.

  • Lynn King - Administrative Assistant

  • Lindsay Kinsinger - Director of Weekday Early Education

    The Weekday Early Education Director 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.


  • Kathy Leonard - Director of Children and Beginning Handbells/Yum Music, Director of Spirit Ringers

  • Deanna Likes - Communications Coordinator

    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 Likes - Kitchen Coordinator

    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.


  • Eric martin - Contemporary Worship Leader

    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".


  • Nancy Monical - Director of Rhapsody Ringers, Allegro Ringers

  • Dan Myers - Organist, Orchestra Director

  • Judy Padgett - Clerical Assistant

    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.



  • Doug Regester - Building Superintendent

  • Jill Sherman - Wedding Coordinator

    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 Stoute - Custodial Staff

    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 Tisdale - Custodial Staff

    George is in charge of cleaning and taking care of the church in the evenings during the week. George's wife is Arlene.

  • Mindy Turner - Sunday Service Director of Children and Family Ministries

    This position oversees the Sunday children's ministries from birth to 6th grade.

    Mindy began as the Children's Director in January, 2016. Mindy was also the Children's Director from 2006 - 2011, until her family was transferred to Germany. Mindy and her husband Mark have one son.


  • Amy Rosine Underwood - Director of Chancel Choir