Dean & SusiePastor – Dean McPherson

Pastor Dean McPherson, came to us from Grace United Methodist Church in Glenwood, after eleven years there. He is an Ordained Full Elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of the UMC, and has served 33 years in six appointments. He has served many years on Parish Development, and is a strong supporter of the Healthy Church Initiative. He served eight years as president of the Mills County Ministerial Association, and as chaplain to local law enforcement. He currently serves on Parish Development for the Iowa Annual Conference, and on the District Committee on Ministry for the Southwest District. He presently serves as mentor to four laypersons who are in various stages of pursuing ministry.

When it comes to his outside interests, he spends his free time woodworking, especially making pens. Dean loves movies, painting nutcrackers, and he also loves to barbeque. He has had a long association with Boy Scouts of America, providing leadership in various capacities, and is an Eagle Scout.


Administrative Assistant – Kaitlynn Walter

Kaitlynn has been the Administrative Assistant since the beginning of July 2016.  Kaitlynn graduated from Atlantic High School in 2012 and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Accounting from AIB College of Business in May 2016. She lives outside Atlantic with her son, Parker. Kaitlynn likes spending her free time outdoors with friends and family.


christi Custodian – Christie Hocamp

Christie has been our custodian here at First United Methodist Church since September 2004. She previously worked as a vetrinarian technician before joining our staff. Christie is married to Paul Hocamp and they have two children, Michael and Mia. She also bowls, and has a love of the outdoors, especially boating with friends and family.




Picture1Director of Discipleship – Jackie Thompson

Jackie came to us at the beginning of July 2017. She is an Ordained Full Elder in the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church, Jackie enjoys singing, playing the piano, ringing handbells, writing liturgy, offering liturgical dance and praying with her camera.  She is a graduate of the University of Dayton (Ohio), the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music & Dance, and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.  She holds a permanent professional teaching certificate from the State of Iowa and is the former owner of the Potpourri Fine Arts Academy in Ottumwa, IA.



Sound Tech – Dave Auerbach

Dave (or Arch as we love to call him) has been in charge of our sound board here at First United Methodist Church since 2005.






Dale Video Tech – Dale Sunderman

Dale has been in charge of our worship PowerPoint presentations and video here at First United Methodist Church since 2005.




Carolyn Organist – Carolyn DeLay

An Iowa native Carolyn moved to Atlantic after living 8 years in Florida. She retired after 45 years as a Registered Nurse, spending the last 25+ years as a Certified Critical Care Nurse. Not long after arriving in town, she became involved in the musical activities of the community; playing the organ for the Easter portion of the Messiah performed by the community choir and as a substitute choir director at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She has a background as a choir accompanist, choir director, church organist and Music Minister in several denominations. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and Psychology from Trinity International University, Deerfield, Illinois, a Bachelor’s degree with double majors in Church Music, emphasis keyboard and Bible from Grace University, Omaha Nebraska and a Master’s degree in Music Education, emphasis organ, from University of Nebraska Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska. She has been actively involved in the American Guild of Organists and maintains a national certification in Service Playing through that organization. Carolyn joined the congregation of First United Methodist Church in 2011.


Sheryl Music Ministry – Sheryl Sunderman

Sheryl has been the Bell Director at First United Methodist Church since 2001. She directs the Praise Bells which gives our youth the opportunity to learn the handbells and praise our God through music, and also the Joy Ringers which is our adult group. Sheryl also sings on our Praise Teams, is in charge of the Sunday School music and volunteers with our youth fellowship group.

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