Governing Board

We are all in ministry at First Church, but some folks go the extra mile and serve on various boards, teams and committees.

The Governing Board of the First United Methodist Church is responsible for working toward meshing the church's mission and vision with the financial resources and facilities, as well as the gifts and talents of the pastors, staff and church members. Contact the Governing Board.

In addition to the Governing Board, there are currently five standing committees: Communications, Facilities, Finance, Nominations and Staff Parish Relations.

Learn about the many and varied volunteer opportunities within First Church ministries. If you would like to help volunteer for any of these opportunities please call the church office at 608-256-9061 or submit a volunteer interest form.

Governing Board


Brad Crowley (Chair)


Paul Nagel (Vice Chair)

Steve Schooler (Treasurer)


Jesse Simpson (Secretary)


Tom Gobel


Bruce Marion


Paula Primm


Gordon Ridley

Ex Officio Member
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler (Lead Pastor)

 

Standing Committees 

Facilities

Bruce Marion (Governing Board Liaison)
Carrol Spencer (Chair)
Nate Altfeather
Bryan Burris

Ex Officio Members
Dennis Anderson (Facilities Supervisor)

Finance

Paula Primm (Governing Board Liaison)
Steve Schooler, Chair
Don Dean
Jan Moen
Tom Wochos 

Ex Officio Members
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler (Lead Pastor)
Sarah Flanagan (Accountant)

Nominations 

Paul Nagel (Governing Board Liaison)
Sherry Caves (Chair)
Laura Nagel
Jim Hoyt

Ex Officio Members
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler (Lead Pastor)

Staff Parish Relations

Jesse Simpson (Governing Board Liaison)
Ann Herrold-Peterson (Chair)
Bobbi Foutch-Reynolds
Erin Kernkamp
Ruth Marion
Allan Marty

Ex Officio Members
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler (Lead Pastor)
Donalea Dinsmore (Lay Leader) 

Stewardship

Paula Primm (Governing Board Liaison)
Joan Deming, Chair
Tom Miller
Nancy Spencer
Max Varner

Ex Officio Members
Rev. Dr. Mark A. Fowler (Lead Pastor)
Sarah Flanagan (Accountant)
Mary Hasheider (Communications)

Lay Members to the Annual Conference

Bobbi Foutch-Reynolds
Doug Knudson
Olivia Hwang
Donna Veatch (Alternate)