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.
Coordinator of Christian Education & Small Group Ministries I have been married to my high school sweetheart, Russ, for 40 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.
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.
I was born and raised in Blair and grew up in this church. Linda and I were married in 1981. We have a son Bob and daughter Rayna and a son-in-law Josh. We also have a granddaughter Everly and a grandson Gibson. I work for the Washington County Surveyor’s office fulltime along with this job. I’ve worked in land surveying for forty four glorious years and at this job since 2008. Music has always been a big part of my life, playing bass in numerous bands over the years. I’m currently playing in a Christian rock band, Paradise Street Band, playing all original songs. I enjoy my duties here as the upstairs janitor, especially the part where I try to keep everybody happy with the sanctuary temperatures.
Jane Van Horn
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 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 is our Music Director, Organist and fill-in Accompanist. Ann began piano lessons at age 6, pipe organ lessons at 13, and started accompanying vocal and instrumental groups in the 8th grade. She attended Doane College where she studied piano and philosophy. She has accompanied in the Blair Community Schools since 1991. Her duties at First United Methodist include: overseeing and scheduling all musical groups, hymn selection, ordering music and supplies, and playing for church services, weddings, funerals and special events. Ann and her husband Rodney have four grown children: Jason, Amy and husband Carlos Leal, Sarah and husband Tom White, and Seth. Ann’s hobbies include reading, travel, yard work and exercise.
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 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.
Allison began accompanying the Chancel Choir in the fall of 2017. She was born and raised in Lincoln, NE and earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Music and Business Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Over the past 25 years, Allison has accompanied various groups, been a church staff pianist, sang in multiple choirs and taught piano lessons. Receiving the gift of music has been a very spiritual experience for Allison. In a past life, she worked in marketing and communications and now spends time raising two very busy boys, Joel and Owen. Allison’s husband, Aaron, works for Cargill and they live in Blair. She can be reached at email@example.com or by calling the church.