Rev. Gina Gile
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 University of Houston with degrees in business and marketing. My husband Steve and I have been married since 1984. We have two adult daughter. Megan and her husband, JD, live in Houston, Texas. Kaitlin lives
in Topeka KS.
Ashley Bacon, Children's Ministry Coordinator
Hello! I grew up in Elm Creek, NE and attended college at Doane where I played basketball and track and field. I received my degree in Elementary Education/Early Childhood. I later received my Masters in 2009. I began my teaching career at Walt Disney Elementary School in Millard before getting married in 2008 and moving to Blair. I taught 3rd grade for 2 years before teaching Kindergarten for 3 years. Joel and I have 4 children; Olivia, William and Issac. I am currently staying home with my growing children and am excited about my role as Children's Ministry Coordinator! Teaching has been my passion since before I can remeber. My hope is to continue to help our children know and love Jesus!
Jill Matney, Youth Director
Jill grew up here in Blair and graduated Blair High School. She was raised in the Lutheran Church but attended our Youth Ministry activities here at Blair First throughout high school. Jill brings with her lots of experience with Youth and is currently working part time at the Hope Center in Omaha. Jill has a heart for working with young people. She has a deep faith and is looking forward to journeying alongside our Youth here at Blair First and helping them
develop their faith.
Allison Matson, Lead Pianist and Accompanist
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 or by calling the church.
Jane Van Horn,
Director of Youth Bells
I have a love of music. It has been a part of me almost all my life. I have had the pleasure of being a hand bell/hand chime 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.
Cherub Choir Director
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 Banki 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.
Retiring from Coordinator of Christian Education & Small Group Ministries I am excited about serving the church in a new way. My husband Russ, a District Superintendent Appointee, is Pastor at Grace United Methodist Church in Kennard. We have 3 grown children, Hannah (Josh), Charles (Tera) and Kevin (Caitlin). We have two step-granddaughters, three grandchildren.
My passion is to make church a place that welcomes all and the children and youth feel they belong. I also direct the Chapel Choir.
Amy Larsen, Online
Worship Team Coordinator
I was born in Ohio and my family moved to Blair when I was 10, so I am almost a Blair native. Chad and I have been married for over 25 years. We have 2 children, Ben who recently graduated from UNL and is married to Alesha. Sam, who is a student at Wayne State College. I work full time at Independent Technologies as an Account
My passion is to work with young people and watch them grow in their faith. I also LOVE to go on youth trips.
Kevin Fleming, Custodian
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 son-in-law Josh. We 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 janitor, especially the part where I try to keep everybody happy with the sanctuary temperature.