First United Methodist Church
618 8th St. Columbus, IN 47201
Office:  812-372-2851
Fax:  812-378-2828
Office Hours:  Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.-Noon
Traditional Worship:  9:00 a.m. Sunday
Sunday School:  10:10 a.m. Sunday
Contemporary Worship:  11:00 a.m. Sunday
On this page you will see information on our pastors, staff, and leadership team as well as links to commonly
used church forms and links to additional United Methodist and Columbus community resources.
To request information or volunteer for service, please contact the church office.
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Senior Pastor, Howard Boles 
Howard has roots in Indiana and grew up in Indianapolis.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Evansville and a Masters of Divinity from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary.  
Howard is married and has 5 children and one grandchild.  He enjoys traveling, hiking, jogging, riding roller coasters, attending concerts, and reading.  His favorite book is “Jayber Crow” by Wendell Berry.
Favorite Scripture:  Micah 6:8  
He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
    and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness,
    and to walk humbly with your God?
Associate Pastor, Lisa Cottingham
Lisa grew up in Monroe, Indiana.  She received her undergraduate degree from IU Bloomington and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Arizona.  Lisa graduated in 2015 from Christian Theological Seminary and received a Masters of Divinity.
Lisa and her husband Gary have 2 children.  She enjoys visiting historical sites, historical reading, health and nutrition, and watching IU basketball.  Her favorite movies are “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.  
Favorite Scripture:  Number 6:24-26 
The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.
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Director of Learning Tree Preschool, Sue Ellen Brown
Sue Ellen attended Hanover College and received a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science and received a Masters in Public Administration degree from IU Bloomington.  
Sue Ellen and her husband, Glen, have 2 children.  She enjoys traveling, watching sports with her family, eating meals around the kitchen table, and sewing.  Sue Ellen enjoys reading and her favorite author is John Grisham.  Her best vacation was to Boston.
Favorite Scripture:  Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

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Director of Music, Kevin Butler
Kevin grew up in Columbus, IN and went to IU Bloomington where he earned a Bachelor of Music Education degree.  
Kevin enjoys reading, theatre, and watching IU basketball.  He enjoys spending time with friends and family going out to eat.  Kevin’s favorite color is red and his favorite candy is Milky Way Carmel.
Favorite Scripture:  Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth.
    Worship the Lord with gladness;  come into his presence with singing.

Know that the Lord is God.
    It is he that made us, and we are his;  we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him, bless his name.

For the Lord is good;  his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.

Director of Youth and Children’s Ministries, Sarah Campbell
Sarah was born and raised in Columbus, IN.  She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biblical Studies.  She is currently enrolled in Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University.  
Sarah and her husband, Mark, have 2 daughters.  Sarah enjoys traveling, trying new recipes and restaurants with her family, and reading.  Her favorite food is sushi and her favorite movies are the Harry Potter movies.  Sarah is an IU and a Colts fan.  Her favorite vacations are her family trips to Disney World.
Favorite Scripture:  Jeremiah 29:11

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.

Administrative Assistant, Tammy Fields
Tammy grew up in Columbus, IN and she and her husband, Bob, have 2 children and 5 grandchildren.  Tammy enjoys spending time with her family and looks forward to family dinners.  Her favorite food is any pasta and chocolate.  She is an IU fan and enjoys quilting, cooking, and riding her motorcycle.  Her favorite song is “Hallelujah Chorus” by the Canadian Tenors/Celine Dion.
Favorite Scripture:  Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Praise Team Director, Julianna Jerome-Drerup
Julianna is from Columbus, IN.  She graduated from Chapman University (Orange, CA) where she earned a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance.  She also earned her Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Rice University (Houston, TX).  
Julianna and her husband Kevin have 2 daughters and they enjoy traveling, playing outside, bowling, and riding their bikes together.  Julianna’s favorite color is purple and she enjoys Thai and Chinese food.  She enjoys surfing, swimming, biking, reading, and shopping.  Her favorite music is anything written by Mozart and anything sung by Streisand.  
Favorite Scripture:  John 4:23-24

But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.

Associate Director of LTP Extended Care Ministry, Gayle Kelley
Gayle is a Columbus native.  She and her husband, Chris, have 3 children.  Gayle’s favorite color is blue.  She enjoys Italian food and watching basketball.  Her favorite family vacation was when she traveled to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.  They enjoyed watching the zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest migration. They enjoyed a hot air balloon safari where they got to see elephants, giraffes, topi (fast African antelope), kongoni (African antelope), and impala up close and personal.  
Kiswahili Proverb:  Kila ndege huruka na mbawa zake.  
(Every bird flies with its own wings.)
Favorite Scripture:  Mark 9:37
“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.”
Receptionist, Pam Maschino
Pam is from Columbus, IN.  She and her husband, Ken, have a poodle named Mickey.  She enjoys playing board games and card games with family and friends, visiting new places, working in her flower garden, golfing, reading, and completing Sudoko puzzles.  Her favorite food is any type of pasta and “turtles” candies.  
Favorite Scripture:  Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation;  whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;  of whom shall I be afraid?

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Volunteer and Communications Coordinator, Rachel Nay
Rachel grew up in Rockport, IN.  She received a Bachelors of Science degree in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management from IU Bloomington.
Rachel and her husband, Tyler, have 2 dogs, a black lab and Siberian Husky.  She enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, quilting, and photography.  Rachel’s favorite foods are meatloaf and cherry pie.  Her favorite color is green and she is a Minnesota Vikings fan.  
Favorite Scripture:  Psalm 96:11-12
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
Organist, Nikolay Verevkin
Nikolay is from Kishinau, Moldova.  He atteneded St. Petersburg Conservatory where he received is Bachelors of Music, Masters of Music, and completed his Post Graduate Study.  Nikolay attended Ball State University where his earned his Doctorate.  
Nikolay enjoys hiking, kayaking, boating, ziplining, and sight seeing.  His favorite book is “The Dancers at the End of Time” by Michael Moorcock.  
Favorite Scripture:  James 2:24-26

You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone.  Likewise, was not Rahab the prostitute also justified by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out by another road? For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is also dead.

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