Who We Are
Our Team & Leadership
Mark was born and raised in Russell, Kansas and grew up attending the Trinity United Methodist Church there. After graduating from high school he joined the Air Force and was stationed both overseas and state side. After his discharge, he attended college at Sonoma State University where he met and married his wife Beth. After graduating with a B.A. in Biology, he then attended the Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
Mark served United Methodist churches in Minnesota for nine years, Colorado for ten years and Wyoming for six. He and Beth have two daughters and love Wyoming very much, first and foremost: First United Methodist Church of Cheyenne. Mark invites everyone to powerful, spirit-filled worship and inspired programming.
Come and join us. Hear, see and feel the Holy Spirit.
Bill comes from the small town of Chester, Montana where he grew up in a United Methodist family of four. After leaving home, he went to Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA before joining the Peace Corps and moving to Paraguay for four years. In Paraguay, he met another volunteer, Abby, who, against her better judgment, decided to marry him. They lived in Evanston, IL while Bill completed a Masters of Divinity at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and continued studies for a PhD in Moral Theology (expected graduation in 2019), and Abby got her R.N. degree. During that time they had three of their four daughters: Wynne, Beatrice, and Mabel. They recently welcomed their fourth daughter, Clementine.
Bill enjoys discussing God and the meaning of life over hot coffee on Sunday mornings and cold beer on Sunday nights. Come join us!
Director of Family Ministries
Angela is a Wyoming native who was raised in the Methodist church attended by both her grandmother and mother. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of North Texas and an associate’s degree in Radiography from LCCC.
With two daughters of her own, she has lived in Cheyenne since 1998. Her passions are reading, nature, children and serving the Lord. She has been involved with FUMC’s ministries for many years; serving on the Family Ministry Committee and the FUMC Preschool Board, participating in UMW, Prayer Shawl Ministry and Praise Band, as well as teaching Sunday School.
She has many years of children’s programing experience from working at the YMCA and Safe Kids WY. She is currently certified as a NAMI Family-to-Family teacher.
Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Director of Youth Ministries
Director of Music Ministries
John joined the FUMC staff as Director of Music in February 2018. As a Cheyenne native, he is excited, honored and humbled to serve his home church in this position. “I never would have predicted that God would call me to serve Him in this capacity, but that is how He works – in unimaginable, amazing ways. It is my sincerest desire to give Him my talents fully, without reservation, in order to glorify Him and to be a faithful son with whom He is well pleased.”
John graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2010 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Composition. One month later, he and his wife, Jessica, were married. They resided in Greeley and Castle Rock, CO before moving to Cheyenne in October 2015.
Organist & Associate Director of Music Ministries
Gretchen spends many summer nights with her Husband, Daughter, Granddaughter and other family members camping or at their cabin. Enjoying the outdoors with all of her immediate family.
Ann was born in Pittsburgh PA to a steel working family, and she and her family followed the steel industry from Pittsburgh to Minnesota to Ohio and back again to Pennsylvania where she graduated from high school. Ann went to Bethany College where she graduated with a degree in economics and a concentration in accounting. This led to a job with State Farm Insurance where she met her husband Tom. After working at the corporate level, Ann and Tom decided to start their own agency through State Farm, and they moved here to Cheyenne. Here, they raised their three kids Austin, James, and Taylor, all of whom grew up in FUMC.
Ann began working for the church on a temporary basis as the financial director in 2008, a position which she took on permanently in 2009. She brings a wealth of experience and financial acumen to the staff and makes sure that the church’s finances are in order and that we stay on track to serve God in Cheyenne.
Prior to joining the church staff in 1995, Marlyn spent her working years in law offices in various positions from receptionist to office manager of a regional law firm. Retiring in 1995 she became bored after a few months and applied for the position that she currently holds. She is the receptionist as well as the Membership Secretary, and secretary to the Administrative Council. She is responsible for calendaring and coordinating the use of the church facilities for internal groups and outside groups. Reduced hours and a variety of responsibilities, plus the joy of meeting so many people has kept her active and involved in the church and community. She gave six years to the board of directors of Cheyenne Little Theatre, even acted is a few productions, and gained experience as an assistant director on two productions. A native of Nebraska, she spent many years in Colorado before coming to Wyoming.
Donna lives in Cheynne with her husband and often spends time with her grandkids, taking a drive with her husband in their collector car. Please connect with her or our main office to determine your Wedding needs.