our Staff
Pastor Gina
Gina Gile
Senior Pastor

I grew up in the small town of Fritch located in the Texas Panhandle. My faith tradition was Southern Baptist and I always felt like I had a call on my life. It wasn’t until I became a member of a United Methodist Church in O’Fallon, Missouri in 1994 that I began the process of actually following God’s call on my life. The process would eventually lead me to enroll in seminary. Since graduating with a Masters of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology and being ordained a Full Elder, I have had the pleasure of serving churches in Kansas and Nebraska. It is a joy serving alongside the congregation as we journey together in faith always seeking God’s direction. I am also a graduate of Frank Phillips College and the University of Houston with degrees in business and marketing. My husband Steve and I have been married since 1984. We have two adult daughters. Megan lives in Houston, Texas. Kaitlin lives in Topeka, KS.

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Debbie Foust
Coordinator of Christian Education
& Small Group Ministries

Coordinator of Christian Education & Small Group Ministries I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Russ, for 35 years. Russ is currently a certified lay minister serving at Grace United Methodist Church in Kennard. We have 3 grown children, Hannah, Charles and Kevin. Charles is married to Tera and completes our family with two step-granddaughters and one new grandson. I was blessed to be born into a family that believed in going to church every week and have been involved in Sunday School teaching or leading music since I was in high school. My passion is to make our church a place that welcomes new members and that our children feel they belong. I believe the phrase "Sunday School is for Life!" and know that this job has been a very important part of my faith journey.

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Sheri Bolton
Youth Director

I am originally from Honey Creek, Iowa and moved to Blair with my family in 2011. I am married to my best friend, Jason, who grew up in Blair. We have three children; Kennedy, Parker & Gaige who keep us quite busy! In addition to being the Youth Director, I hold a full time job in Blair. Outside of church and work, I enjoy Hawkeye football, attending my children's various musical events, my beloved dogs and spending time in nature. Prior to becoming the Youth Director, I enjoyed volunteering at the church as a Kingdom Kids Leader, Recreations Leader for VBS and helping any way that I could with the Youth trips each summer; I enjoy working with youth of all ages! I am truly blessed to work with our youth and help them navigate their middle school and high school years in finding a closer relationship to God and where that path leads them.

Kevin Fleming
Kevin Fleming
Custodian

I'm a lifer in this church, born in Blair and never left. I work out in the world at Blair Engineering and Surveying as a survey party chief and computer draftsman. I've been the custodian here since 2008. Music is a big part of my life and I enjoy playing bass in the praise band "Hand In Hand" here, along with playing in a Christian rock band "Paradise Street Band". I also enjoy running sound and video during worship, but my true love is trying to keep the church spotless, ha ha, and to be a part of helping to make it a building to be proud of.

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Jane Van Horn
Director of Chiming Joy
& Joyful Ringers Bell Choirs
and the Youth Choir

I have a love of music. It has been a part of me almost all of my life. I have had the pleasure of being a handbell/handchime director since 2004 and I enjoy sharing that passion with others. After being a stay-at-home mom for 17 years, I started a new adventure as the camp coordinator out at Camp Fontanelle, a United Methodist Church Camp. It is the best job I could have ever imagined. I have been married to Kent since 1989 and have two children, Christopher and Sarah. Some of my hobbies include: quilting, cooking/baking, and traveling. I love to entertain and spend time with my busy family.

diane-highfill
Diane Highfill
Church Secretary /
Administrative Assistant

Diane was born and raised in Carroll, Iowa. She moved to Blair in 1996 with her family and has been our church Administrative Assistant since 2010. Married for 32 years Diane and husband Kirk are blessed with three children, Alex & his wife Amanda, Brett and Rachel. She is a Master Gardener, enjoys reading, camping,quilting, and anything with her family. She loves her job!

Ann Thiemann
Ann Thiemann
Music Director and Organist

Ann Thiemann is our Music Director, Organist and Accompanist. Ann began piano lesson at age 6, pipe organ lessons at 13, and started accompanying vocal and instrumental groups in the 8th grade. She attended Doane College and has accompanied in the Blair Community Schools since 1991. Her duties at First United Methodist include: overseeing and scheduling all musical groups, ordering music and supplies, and playing for the choirs, funerals, weddings and special events. Ann and her husband Rodney live in Blair. They have four grown children: Jason, Amy, Sarah and husband Tom White, and Seth.

Amy Coates
Amy Coates
Cherub Choir (2 yr. olds - Kindergarten)

I am from Ponca Nebraska, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church there until I married Glenn and became a member of FUMC in Blair. Glenn and I first met at Camp Fontanelle when we were 12 years old and then again in college. We have two daughters; Katie and Allie. I have worked for Bank of the West for 27 years. In addition to leading the Cherub Choir I also teach the 5 Year Old/Kindergarten Sunday School class. I believe that the most important thing I can teach the children is that they are loved and accepted.


Heather Mead
Celebration Bells Director
Chancel Choir Director

Heather began directing the Celebration Bells handbell choir in the fall of 2013. Heather received her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Music from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught in various schools in the Omaha metro area for over 20 years, and currently teaches elementary music at Deerfield and West Schools in Blair. Her family includes husband, Philip, and two children, Taylor and Holden. As a family we enjoy Husker football and baseball, going to musicals, and spending time at Sherman Reservoir with our extended family.

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