Church Staff


Rev. Phil Blackwell

Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler
Lead Pastor

Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler is the lead pastor at First United Methodist Church. He grew up North of Boston, and was a church pastor in New England for 22 years. Before coming to Madison, he served in many capacities during his 16 years at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He is an avid reader, with a collection that rivals many academic department libraries, as well as an accomplished cook. Mark declares he is a "Patriotic Red Sox Fan" (sigh), but at least he is NOT a Bears devotee. For Rev. Dr. Mark Fowler's complete curriculum vitae, click here.

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Tina Lang

Rev. Tina Lang
Associate Pastor

Rev. Tina Lang is one of the clergy members at First Church. As the Associate Pastor, she is responsible for both children’s and adult education opportunities. Tina loves music. She's passionate about social issues. And she practices what she preaches - whether it’s here at First Church, or in Baraboo, where she lives.


Ministry Staff 

Karen Andro

Karen Andro
Director of Hope's Home Ministries

Karen Andro, Director of Hope's Home Ministries, is enthusiastic about reaching out to downtown Madison. She serves in a variety of leadership roles in the community as well as our church, putting her heart and soul into serving our homeless neighbors through our Hope's Home Food Pantry, healthful meal programs, overflow emergency shelter and community outreach. Karen manages our Loaves & Fishes Kitchen, bringing together food service training to provide job readiness skills where church members and friends serve in community.

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Ross Cowing

Ross Cowing
Director of Music and the Arts

Ross Cowing is our Director of Music and the Arts. He is our Organist. He conducts the choir. And he works with all the outside music and theater groups who use our building. If you have ever been here on a Sunday morning at around 10 a.m. and heard applause from within the Sanctuary, you’ve just heard how much the congregation appreciates one of Ross’ talents – making beautiful music on First Church’s magnificent pipe organ (3400+ pipes!).

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Mary Hasheider
Director of Connecting Ministries

Mary Hasheider, Director of Connecting Ministries, makes all sorts of connections! She manages the ‘face’ of the church in the community through her marketing and public relations function, but her real gift is connecting with people – visitors or prospective members, long-time or new members. Mary practices “Radical Hospitality” all day, every day.

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Jim Ostrander
Coordinator of Senior Ministries

Jim Ostrander is the Coordinator of Senior Ministries for First Church. He has a history of involvement at the church, having served (and continuing to serve) as Head Usher. As Coordinator, he maintains the connections to our homebound friends and brings them the joy, caring and conversation others of us are able to share onsite.

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Seth Schroerlucke

Seth Schroerlucke
Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries

Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Seth Schroerlucke is a really awesome dude. Anyway, that’s what the youth in the various youth programs say. Seth is busy keeping the youth busy with ping pong tournaments, lock-ins, and mission trips. Oh, and some serious Sunday morning conversations during the Youth Sunday School time.

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Ministry Support Staff 

Dennis Anderson

Dennis Anderson 
Facilities Supervisor

Dennis Anderson is our Facilities Supervisor. He normally works during the week, arriving early, but you’ll often see him here on weekends, too – at weddings, concerts, and community events – lending his helpful hand. (He’s a devoted Packers’ and Brewers’ fan, if you’re looking for a conversation starter.) If you need to reach Dennis, you should call the church office (during office hours).


Dana Craft

Dana Craft-Parker
Digital Media & Graphic Designer

Dana Craft-Parker is our Digital Media & Graphic Designer. Not only does she create beautiful designs for our publications but she is our web master and social media content manager as well. She has a degree in art with an emphasis in visual communications focusing on conceptual design. A true digital renaissance woman, she loves learning about new aspects of digital communication and adapting new skills to further the effectiveness of our church communications. This Renaissance Woman also has earned a Gold Test Level with US Figure Skating (USFSA).   

Sarah Flanagan

Sarah Flanagan
Director of Operations & Finance

Sarah Flanagan is a Certified Public Accountant with a professional background in nonprofit accounting, financial management, investments and auditing. A graduate of Drake University School of Business, Sarah has a wide range of interests and involvement in the Madison community. Besides being an avid singer/musician and runner, she keeps the church’s finance office humming with efficiency and good humor.

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Tricia Hillner

Tricia Hillner
Publications Specialist

Tricia Hillner is our Publications Specialist. Anyone who has ever worked on a deadline will understand how much we appreciate Tricia’s calm manner and pleasant outlook. She edits, proofs, and generally makes the rest of us ‘sound’ better! You can reach Tricia by calling the church office during office hours.

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Bobbi Reynolds

Sharon McNeely
Office Manager & Operations Associate

Sharon McNeely is the Finance & Accounting Associate at First Church. She began her stay at the church as an intern in the Connecting Ministries, and later moved to the Finance position. She's a native of Ann Arbor, MI, and still watches "all things Wolverine." (We must be patient...) She loves to run, and when the weather's good, she can average up to 30 miles a week. Wow.

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Glendale Stewart
IT Specialist

Glendale Stewart is the IT Specialist here at First Church. He loves to fix things, and he keeps very busy fixing the various computers for staff. He has three degrees (Computer System Administration, Electronics and Computer Networking) that help him do just that. A Mississippi native, he came to Wisconsin, where the summers are MUCH cooler! (We won't mention the winters; they're MUCH cooler, too!) He appreciates both the easy-going staff at the church and the coffee that make his job easier. 


Max & Laura Wendt

Max & Laura Wendt
Digital Arts Specialists

Max & Laura Wendt, Digital Arts Specialists, are a team in more ways than one. They design and create the visual images we all enjoy during worship. They generally work "off site." They are parents of two young daughters who are also very creative and energetic!

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Corey Whitmore
Audio Video Specialist

Corey Whitmore is our Audio Video Specialist, and he is one busy guy! He enjoys the challenge that Sunday mornings provide. (Apparently no two Sundays or the audio requirements are the same.) When not here, he might be caring for his two young sons or serving on one of the three volunteer boards of which he's a member. He actively promotes music, community arts and songwriting in the Madison area. Oh. And he coaches high school basketball in the winter.