PASTOR STEVE McELROY

Background: I grew up in southern Iowa, married the pastor's daughter (Alison) and spent almost 20 years in advertising and marketing before experiencing God's life-changing call to ministry.  Alison and I have been married for 36 years, have two wonderful adult children and are partners in chasing whatever Jesus wants us to and and wherever he invites us to go.  I'm an Iowa State graduate and received my Masters of Divinity from Saint Paul School of Theology.

Role at Church: I'm a preacher, teacher, leader-maker and communicator of the vision and direction God is laying on our church family.  My aim is to help folks get to know Jesus more intimately, experience the life-changing presence of the Holy Spirit and begin to live into the plan and purpose God has for their lives.

Favorites: I could eat pizza every day of the week (as long as it came from different places), enjoy a range of Contemporary Christian music from folks like Toby Mac to We The Kingdom, love watching movies with my family (both at theater and home) and have a long-time love affair with the game of basketball.  I eat home-made, fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies with my wife every evening.

Favorite Bible Verse: "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God - what is good and acceptable and perfect."  Romans 12:2

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Administrative Assistant: Anne Bieker began working

at the church in 2003.

She helps in many areas of church life, including office work, financial records,

and committee assistance.

You can email Anne at:

fumch@harlannet.com.

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Choir Director:

Sandra Carroll has been directing the choir since 1998.  The choir sings during

the school year most weeks.

In addition to leading hymns and singing anthems,

the choir sings a cantata during Lent and Advent.

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Christian Education:

Ronda Evans is a life long member of First UMC.

She became the

Education Director in 2019.

She leads Wednesday ministry for PreK–12th grades

and Vacation Bible School.

You may email Ronda at:

fumchcec@harlannet.com