I was born in the Black Forest area of South Germany and grew up in the Black Forest city of Freudenstadt . I loved being active in the community and my Methodist home church, participating and leading in ministries such as the brass band, the youth group and the young adult choir. I experienced a call into full time ministry in my late teens.
After graduating from college and a year of mandatory federal social service I entered my pastoral education. I served as pastoral intern for one year in four congregations in the Stuttgart, Germany area and then transitioned into the seminary years at the Theological school of the United Methodist Church in Reutlingen, Germany.
I was active in various congregations of the Reutlingen area and served as a seminary intern in an inner city church of Berlin, Germany. In 2001, I went to embark on an abroad adventure and enrolled at Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois for one year. This is where I met my wife Carrie. I moved to the United States in 2004, when I got married. We both started serving churches in Wisconsin in 2004.
So far I have served part time at the Johnson Creek UMC and as solo pastor at the Waterloo UMC. I was ordained in 2008 and have served as a senior pastor of Community UMC in Waterford from 2010-2014. In the summer of 2014 my wife Carrie, my son Hans and I moved to Appleton and I started my time as the new senior pastor here at First UMC. Since then our second son, Owen, has been born and is enriching our family beyond measure.
I feel privileged for my family to experience the hospitable warmth of First Church and invite you to come and find it for yourself.
I’m a transplant from Pennsylvania – by way of New Mexico, Idaho, Utah, Nebraska and Wyoming – having moved to Wisconsin 20 years ago. I was active in my home church as a child and teen, but as an adult, in too many small towns, I was among the “unchurched” when I couldn’t find a compatible church or else didn’t look very hard.
I started out as a music teacher – bands, choirs and general music. After my son Jared (29, Green Bay) was born I was mostly part-time or a substitute teacher, which I continued through Kellyn’s childhood (20, at Lawrence University). BUT, I had this amazing moment when God answered a long-prayed question, “What am I supposed to do when I grow up?” by nudging me into pastoral ministry. Don’t mistake me, I was well past 40 when I got the answer, but I was so glad finally to know that I didn’t argue very much.
I earned my Masters of Divinity from United Theological Seminary in the Twin Cities while I was serving three very small churches in the northwest of Wisconsin. I’m passionate about justice, good music, and God’s good creation.
And, I am thrilled to be serving as the Pastor of Discipleship at A1.
If I don’t know you yet, make a point of introducing yourself – a few times, please ;-)
I am a retired pastor, serving as the Pastor of Visitation here at First UMC. I served the Geenville, Evansville, Baraboo and Reidsburg United Methodist churches. I enjoy visiting our shut-ins and hospitalized members. I also enjoy golf and my three grandchildren
Born on the West Coast, I became a transplant to the Midwest when I attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, graduating with a degree in music, social studies, and English education. Upon, graduation, my wife and I moved to Neenah, where I taught for thirty-four years. During that time, I earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
Music has always been an important part of my life. I began singing in the children’s choir of our church at the age of four, and from then until the present, there hasn’t been a time in my life during which I have not been involved in some type of church music ministry either singing, accompanying, directing a choir, or serving as an organist. Before coming to First Church, I was involved in the music ministry of a large Neenah church for thirty-five years and was the founding director of their Living Christmas Tree program.
I became acquainted with First Church in the late 1970s when my wife became the principal organist here, a position she held for over twenty years. After retiring from my previous church position, I joined my wife here at First Church. It wasn’t too long after becoming a member here that Bass Clef was established, and then in 2007, I was asked to become the Director of Music Ministries.
It is my strong belief that music is intended to minister; it is that foundational principle which guides everything I do with music in the church. I have a passion for worship and a desire to choose music that enhances the worship experience as we glorify God together.
As I begin my ninth year at First Church, it continues to be my privilege to serve God in this church community. It is an awesome responsibility, and one I do not take lightly, to follow in the tradition of musical excellence for which this church has long been known. In all that I do with the music program of First Church, my desire is to see God honored, lifted up, and glorified. Soli Deo Gloria!
There is an old saying “If you love what you do then you never work a day in your life”. That is exactly how I feel about the Children’s Ministry here at First Church. There is nothing more rewarding than introducing children to Jesus and watching them as they grow in their faith.
I grew up in Waterbury, CT and moved to Appleton in 1999. I studied to be a paralegal and received my Associates Degree in Paralegal from Lakeshore Technical College. I currently am working towards a Bachelor's degree in Christian Ministry from Crown College.
My husband Norm and I have been blessed to raise 7 children, Kurt, Mathew, Merisa, Nicole, Joseph, Paul and Robert. We also love to spend time with our 4 grandchildren, Bree, Mason, Weston, and Madison. I love to travel, crochet, knit, and I make really awesome paper beads!
I started at First Church in 2009 as a teacher in the LOGOS program. I then started teaching Sunday School and knew that this is where I loved to be. I was the Decorating Director for VBS from 2010-2012. I began Kidz Konnection on Wednesday nights in 2013, and am passionate about the messages of being faithful, trusting in God, and serving. After job sharing with the previous Christian Ed Director, I was presented with the opportunity to become the new program director. I happily accepted in May of 2013. My vision for this ministry is simply to make Christian Disciples by teaching children and adults to walk faithfully and genuinely in Jesus Christ’s footsteps. The first way to do that is to bring families closer together into a Christ centered relationship. We offer many opportunities for all families to come together to achieve this. Family fun nights, volunteering in your children’s classrooms, and Vacation Bible School are just a few of the ways.
I welcome all questions, comments, and suggestions about our program. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com, or (920) 734-2677. Why not stop by my office for a visit! I’d love to hear from you.
I am a Youth Ministry Veteran. I have served God in five congregations in Wisconsin and Michigan over the past 18 years. I am currently in my sixth year serving this congregation as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. I grew up in Racine, Wisconsin and graduated in 1998 from the Univeristy of Wisconsin-Parkside with a BA in English. I recieved my formal Youth Ministry training in 2000 from Tentmakers.
I married my best friend, Sue in 2001, we have three beautiful children, Benjamin, Samuel, and Alison.
I am a passionate fan of the Denver Broncos, Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Calgary Flames, Michigan State Spartans, and Colorado Buffaloes.
I love to attend concerts! I have seen more than 150, including seeing the Dave Matthews Band 42 times and U2 12 times.
I love mission trips! I have been on 25 and have been blessed to lead 23.
My vision for Youth and Young Adult Ministries for this congregation is that our Youth and Young Adults would know that they are loved and that God desperately wants to be in relationship. Our Mission Statement is as follows: We exist to Equip Youth & Young Adults with the tools and experiences so that they may live ever yday as authentic followers of Jesus Christ. My number one goal is the building of a community where the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ is shared, and everyone is loved and appreciated for the unique person God has created. I strive to offer God-honoring opportunities for Youth & Young Adults to develop a critical thought process on questions of faith, gain an understanding of how to live their faith every day, and serve their community and the world.
My job often presents me opportunities that make what I do extremely important to the growth and spiritual development of our
Youth and Young Adults. On the other hand, the role of a parent far supersedes my ability to impact their lives.
Parents are the compass by which their children walk. With that said, I deeply desire for parents to be involved in our ministry.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity and the privilege of ministering to your sons and daughters.
My college studies were primarily in the area of Accounting, and Finance. My previous positions included working at manufacturing locations, with facilities throughout the country, as the Plant Contoller (Accountant). I worked closely with the plant operations personnel, and the general ledger accounting staff. My duties included, justifying the purchase of new equipment, repair and replacement of manufacturing equipment for multiple plant opertions. I supervised individuals responsible for the general journal entries related to the operations, and was responsible for the yearly manfuacturing budgets, salaried payroll, federal, state, and sales taxes. Responsible for product inventory, product costs, and product, and customer profitability. Supervised Hourly Payroll, Industrial Engineering, and Cost Accounting area, for multi-plant operations, throughout the country.
I served three years in the US Army. I met my wife Terry while I was stationed at Fort Carson, CO. We have two boys Mark, who is married to Liz, they have a daughter Autumn, they live in St Paul MN., Jason, who is married to Melissa, they have a daughter Elsa, they live in Madison WI.
I enjoy working at the church as the Finance & Property Manager. I have served on the Board of Trustees as a member and chairperson numerous times during my time as a member of First United Methodist Church.
I am excited at the opportunity to serve the church as the Finance Manager!
Growing up in the small rural community of Oostburg, WI started my journey with God. From there I attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and have a degree in Business Administration. I met my husband, Cliff Halley, at UWO and we have been blessed with 2 wonderful daughters, Kristina who is a Physician’s Assistant in Naperville, IL and Erica who is a Special Ed Teacher in Milwaukee.
My husband and I also own the Valpak franchise – that blue envelope of coupons you get in your mailbox each month! In my free time I like to run, play soccer, read and travel – and I love the Green Bay Packers!
I have been a member here at FUMC since 1992. During that time I have taught Sunday School, baked many cakes, served at the Emergency Shelter and Warming Shelter, and been part of the counting team. I presently volunteer to sell Scrip.
Stop by and see me if you have any questions related to finance or your giving!
Most of my adult life I have worked in healthcare; most recently working nights at the hospital in New London. I, as well as my family, felt a definite change was needed and called upon God to guide me to a more suitable job. With God’s guidance leading me to my home church, I couldn’t be happier! I enjoy working with everyone who has made, and continues to make First Church my second home.
My husband, José, and I have 4 sons, Cody, José, Gabriel and Emanuel. We were married here at First Church and all of our boys were baptized here, as was I. We are so blessed to be part of such an amazing church family. I spend most of my ‘free time’ running my boys to practices and cheering them on in baseball, track, football and wrestling. I also enjoy camping and just spending time with family/friends.
Please stop by the church office if you have any questions, concerns or just want to visit; I would love to chat!
My name is Molly Endter, a member at FUMC for 4 1/2 years, I'm pleased to be serving the church as the new Office Assistant. It is a great opportunity to get better acquainted with other church members as well as work with a wonderful staff. My husband, Paul, and I both grew up in the Fox Cities and both work in the Appleton school district. Our oldest daughter, Kathleen, is graduating high school in June and heading to UW-Eau Claire in fall. Cassandra is a sophomore, and Evelyn is in 8th grade. We live in Grand Chute with three cats.
Shelby, from Appleton, WI, married to Cory (1999) with two beautiful children, Ashley and Trevor. I enjoy spending time with the children and sharing God with them through playing games, reading and making new friends.
I am extremely honored to be the lead organist at First United Methodist Church - since December 1, 2007. I love the music program but especially the wonderful pipe organ at First Church. Prior to this I was the organist for 11 years at Memorial Presbyterian Church. I have played and studied organ since 9th grade. I began playing piano at age 4. My piano accompanying in the area has included the Appleton Boy Choir, Badger Girls Choir, State Honors Middle School Chorus, Fox Valley Symphony, musicals at Appleton East and North High Schools, student and faculty recitals at Lawrence University, church choir, McDowell Chorus, and Chaminade Chorus.
I graduated with honors from Lawrence University's Conservatory in music education (voice major), and earned my master's degree in curriculum with a fine arts emphasis from Lesley University (Cambridge, MA). For 35 years I was a vocal/general music specialist, having taught all grades (kindergarten through high school). The last 20 years I taught in the Appleton Area School District and am now retired. I am an active music adjudicator for Wisconsin district and state solo-ensemble festivals (over 30 years) and have directed school musicals, numerous concerts, a swing choir, and a church and handbell choir.
I am absolutely thrilled to direct the Wesley Handbell Choir here at FUMC!
I was born and raised in Neenah and have enjoyed living in various parts of the Fox Valley. I am currently working on my undergraduate degree as a Music Education major and German minor at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. My love for handbells was cultivated through my experience playing with the UW-Oshkosh Handbell Choir. I have been playing handbells for five years with various groups and have enjoyed playing in large and small handbell ensembles, as well as solo work.
I primarily play trombone and am a “jazzer” at heart. I also study piano independently and play a wide spectrum of genres. When I'm not studying music or German, I spend my time outdoors, in my garden, and on the water.
Kyle Schleife, tenor, pursuing a bachelor of music degree in music education (choral/general) with a minor in vocal pedagogy & science from Lawrence Conservatory. He has studied classical and musical theater voice with Teresa Seidl and currently is in the studio of Joanne Bozeman. Opera director, Copeland Woodruff, has been a mentor for stage management and assistant directing on opera theater productions that include LU Fall Opera Scenes (2015), LU Spring Opera Scenes (2016), Red River Lyric Opera Company: Floyd’s Susannah (2016), Straight from the Hip: Improvised Micro Operas (2016), LU Spring Opera Scenes (2017). Onstage credits at Lawrence include Wat Dreary, Britten’s Beggar’s Opera (2016); Expressions of Acceptance: Improvised Micro Operas (2016). Schleife has held a seat on the Lawrence chapter of National Association for Music Education board (2015-2017), he currently holds a seat on the American Choral Directors Association board at Lawrence (2016-2017), and is Lawrence Concert Choir’s co-social chair (2016-2017).
Genesis choir is the first experience taking on his own conducting ensemble. He is thrilled to be part of the team at First United Methodist Church.
Gabi, from western Massachusetts, studies organ performance and religious studies at Lawrence University. She currently accompanies and sings in Cantala Women's Choir, and pursues interests in education, music theory and history, and sacred texts. in the future, she hopes to build community through music as a church music director.