Program Committees


Nurture Committee

Chairperson:    Brinda Staton

The Nurture team is responsible for coordinating ministries that nurture people in the Christian faith.  To be effective, we must also minister to ourselves and focus on the members within the congregation.  With hospitality and loving care at the core, the various sub-committees that make up the Nurture Committee help care for the needs within our church family.

Related Ministries:  Age-Level Coordinators, Angel Wings Coordinator, Historian, Librarian, Hospitality Coordinators,  Prayer Chain Coordinator, Stephen Ministries Coordinator.

Commitee Members:

Zita Rowell          Janel Sowell             Brinda Staton

Ann Walker         Susan Bledsoe         Alma Blanco   

Missions & Out-Reach Committee

Chairperson:      Traci Boyle   

Focuses on activities and ministry areas that address the concerns and conditions of persons in our community and in our world. This includes providing meals for those who are hungry, clothes for those in need, mission trips or mission support that might be organized and ways in which our Wesley Nurse can provide assistance in helpful ways.  We also want to provide opportunities for people to grow in their spiritual life and become better equipped for life as Christian Disciples.  In many ways, this happens as they “connect” to our church family through these kinds of programs.

Related Ministries:  Disaster Coordinator, District Missions Coordinator, Missions Teams, Scouting Coordinator.

Committee Members: 

Traci Boyle            Bruce Staton           Keith Joesel

Chuck Wilinson     Greg Silkenson


Worship Committee

Chairperson:    Julie Joesel

In an ongoing effort to provide support to the worship experiences our church has to offer, this group actually works through the church year, creating ways to expand and enliven the worship experience and support the logistical needs and ambiance of the Sanctuary and worship settings.

Related Ministries:  Acolyte Coordinator, Communion Stewards, Lay Speaker Coordinator, Flower Coordinator, Usher Coordinator.

Committee Members:
Julie Joesel        Denver Dolman    John Gibson   Marilyn Cornelius   

Keith Simpson   Melissa Swenson  Dawn Sheets  Audrey Puryear 


Education Committee 

Chairperson:          Brenda Brittain

As each member continues on their faith journey – whether we are 5, 8, 15, or 80 – we need to continuously be learning and growing. Recently, we realized a need for a group to look at, oversee, evaluate, and guide our efforts for all groups.  They will be looking at curriculum, good practices, and overall progression opportunities for Sunday School classes, small groups, Bible studies, and spiritual formation and coordinating them into a more efficient Christian Education.
Related Ministries:  All Teachers, Sunday School Coordinator, VBS 

Committee Members:

Brenda Brittain            Adrianne Gosselin

Renee DeHoyos         Sophena Flowers


Spiritual Formation

Chairperson:    Rev. Samuel Blanco

Committee Members:

Ehrikka Hodge            Brian Millican            Ray Worsham



Administrative Committees


Finance Committee

Chairperson:    Debbie Sandifer

Committee Members:

John Sharp       Ben Kanten         Debbie Sandifer    Linn Bledsoe          
Don Hudson     Danny Graves     Lorrie Pickering             

Ex Officio Members:           Pastor, Rev. Samuel Blanco

Lay Leader/Member of Annual Conf.    Jerry Abel & Fritzi Simon
Leadership Council Chair                      Lisa Schultz
SPRC Chair or Representative             Ray Worsham
Trustees Chair or Representative         Joe Brittain
Foundation Chair                                   Fritzi Simon
Treasurer                                               Kay Hicks
Finance Manager (w/o vote)                  Cheryl Courtney

First United Methodist Foundation of Elgin

Chairperson:       Fritzi Simon

Committee Members:

Doug Diebel      Rex Sandifer       Fritzi Simon       Cindy Powell       Andy Jacobsen   Mark Neidig      Jimmie Christensen               

Ex Officio Member:              Rev. Samuel Blanco

Nominations & Leadership Development

Chairperson:       Pastor, Rev. Samuel Blanco

Committee Members:

Keith Joesel            Rex Sandifer            Nila Stricker                         Ivan Wilson             Cody Douglas          Marilyn Cornelius

Ex Officio member:     Lay Leader, Jerry Abel

Staff – Parish Relations

Chairperson:       Ray Worsham

Committee Members:

Kathy Lang    Roxanne Wolf    Mary Rhodes    Donna Keeling Glynda Schroeder

Ex Officio member:      Lay Leader, Jerry Abel                                                                           Lay Member of Annual Conference, Fritzi Simon



Chairperson: Joe Brittain

Committee Members:

Reynolds Bixler   Joe Brittain   Bruce Staton   Leah Douglas            John Hayes   Mark Nash


Leadership Council:

Chairperson:     Lisa Schultz

Committee Members:

Vice-Chair                                                (to be elected) 
Lay Member of Annual Conference         Fritzi Simon
Lay Leader                                               Jerry Abel
Treasurer                                                  Kay Hicks
Staff Parrish Relations Chair                    Ray Worsham 
Finance Chair                                           Debbie Sandifer
Trustee Chair                                            Joe Brittain 
Foundation Chair                                      Fritzi Simon
Mission/Outreach Chair                            Traci Boyle
Nurture Chair                                            Brinda Staton  
Education Chair                                        Brenda Brittain
Worship Chair                                          
UMMen Representative                            John Coleman
UMWomen Representative                       (to be elected)
UMYouth Representatives                        Brady Douglas

Council Members-At-Large:  

Dorothy Bixler            Glen Wier            Debbie Sandifer 

For additional information about any of our committees, contact the committee chair or the church office at (512) 285 – 4503.