First United Methodist Church
618 8th St. Columbus, IN 47201
Office:  812-372-2851
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.
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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.
Organist, Erik Matson
Erik grew up in Glen Ellyn, in the western suburbs of Chicago, studying piano from the age of seven. Later on, he began organ lessons, going on to graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Organ and Church Music, with a minor in Mathematics, from Valparaiso University. While at Valpo, he studied organ with Stephen Schnurr, harpsichord with Joseph Bognar, and voice with Ralph Klapis and David Govertsen. Through the Chapel at Valpo he served as Co-Director of the University Handbell Choir (the “Resurrection Ringers”), as Matins Organist, and as Morning Prayer Music Coordinator.



Erik is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Organ and Sacred Music from Indiana University, studying under Christopher Young. Erik’s particular musical interests include organ music of the 20th Century and of the Renaissance, vocal music of the Medieval Period, music theory and analysis, and sacred music composition. When not engrossed in music, Erik enjoys reading, biking, cooking, and getting out and appreciating nature.

Director of Extended Care, Teresa Nickerson

Teresa began teaching at Learning Tree Preschool in 2012.  I have been the Director of Extended Care since 2016. My husband Scott and I have three children.  I enjoy attending my kids sporting events.  

Favorite Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”  
Director of Communications, Annie Tennis
Annie received both a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Indianapolis.  

Annie and her husband, Caleb, have 2 children.  Annie enjoys running, photography, family bike rides, hiking with her family, sewing, and traveling.

Favorite Scripture:  Luke 1:37
For with God nothing shall be impossible.  
Secretary, Daron Thayor
Daron grew up in Hope, Indiana, and attended Hanover College where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in English. He currently lives in Columbus, Indiana with his wife, Jennifer. Daron enjoys running, reading, occasionally writing, traveling, camping/hiking, and watching the Miami Dolphins. His favorite movie is The Sandlot. Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:6
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
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