FUMC is fortunate to have a dynamic staff of gifted leaders. Meet them below.
Rev. Steve Goodier has served numerous churches in the Rocky Mountain Conference (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming) and has been at First UMC in Loveland since July 1, 2015. He has also served as district superintendent in two RMC districts.
He has written seven books on personal development and making needed life changes. He keeps an inspirational blog at www.stevegoodier.blogspot.com and publishes a weekly internet newsletter to around 82,000 subscribers. He enjoys listening to audio books, playing disc golf (a new sport for him) and practicing his guitar when he finds time.
He believes that following Jesus is about living life to the fullest, growing in love and joy and serving others as we are able. He also believes that churches like First United Methodist are key to reaching folks who are seeking a deeper spiritual life or who may have been turned off by more fundamental expressions of the Christian faith.
Steve has been married to his best friend and partner Bev since 1973. Together they have three sons and five grandchildren.
Contact Rev. Steve at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeremiah is a rarity in these parts . . . he’s actually a Colorado born native! Raised along the South Platte River bottom just north of Fort Lupton, he is proud the call the front range home. Jeremiah began his undergraduate degree in agriculture at Colorado State University and realized that the best way to make a small fortune in agriculture is to begin with a large fortune! He has long been passionate about things from the past and eventually graduated CSU with a B.S. in history.
After spending time with soldiers returning from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, he experienced a call to the ministry of pastoral care. Jeremiah graduated Iliff School of Theology in 2014 with a Masters of Divinity and currently serves as the appointed associate pastor. One of his greatest inspirations is meeting everyday people right where they are, sharing with them God’s grace, and exploring questions of faith in today’s society.
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Ann has been a member of FUMC since 1996. She taught kindergarten Sunday school for 4 years, then in 1999 Judy Graff asked her to help with the youth as an advisor and Sunday school teacher and she hasn't left the youth range since. She was a mid high Sunday school teacher for seven years and has focused on the senior high youth group from 1999 until 2013 when she was hired as the Youth director. In 2018, with the help and support of FUMC she received her M.A. in Specialized Ministry. Her love is the yearly mission trips. She has been on over 30 mission trips and loves to watch the teens grow in their service of others.
She enjoys cake decorating, quilting, oil painting, going to the movies, and spending time with her husband, two daughters and sons-in-law, Great Dane and, of course, her chickens and ducks.
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A long time member of FUMC, Laura Morgan has experienced the children's and youth ministries both as a participant and a parent. She has been a Bible Study and small group leader, an events coordinator, a Girl Scout leader and trainer, and a substitute teacher as well as an opera singer, bank teller, marching band chaperone and all around nerd. The joy of mentoring teens and children as they grow in faith, leadership and community is a constant source of renewal. She has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Willamette University and a Master of Arts from Iliff School of Theology.
Jessica was born and lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where her father was a shrimp farmer, with her mother, older sister and younger brother. At age 6 she moved to Gainsville, FL and finally to Colorado at age 13.
Jessica's family has a long history in the Methodist faith (with John Wesley's peppering her family tree for 100's of years) and even grew up going to the Methodist Church in Florida. However, having lost touch with the faith as a teenager she took a 15 year hiatus where she explored many other faiths. During this time, Jessica got a Bachelor's in Advertising from the University of Colorado, worked in marketing in San Diego and even lived in Brazil for a couple of years teaching English and learning Portuguese. After retuning to Colorado in 2009, Jessica earned a Master's in Social Work and began working with children, youth and families in the mental health field. She eventually decided she needed to find a spiritual home and after years of searching in the Northern Colorado area, she found it in FUMC's joyous, warm, inclusive, spiritual approach to Christianity. She now proudly reclaims her Methodist roots!
Jessica has been married to her BFF, Daren Gartner, since 2015. Their daughter Ayla was born the following year and their son Jamey (James Wesley) was born in 2018. Jessica spends her days playing outside, painting, writing, and seeking spiritual growth (heaven knows she needs it) with her close friends and family.
Shirley Reed moved to Loveland in 2015 with her husband, Lloyd. They lived in Parker, CO from 1986-2006 and moved to Northwest Nebraska to help Lloyd's parents on the family ranch. They have been married for 47 years and have two daughters, Amber who works as Manager of Little Thompson Water District and Lisa who works for National Weather Service in Boulder. Shirley has been a Methodist most of her life and was excited to join FUMC in August 2017. She loves to work in her many raised flower and vegetable gardens, to being a Colorado Master Gardener, to volunteering in the Loveland community and to spend time with her family and grandchildren. Contact Shirley at: email@example.com.
Mary Hannon moved to Loveland with her husband, John, from Santa Fe, NM 3 years ago. They have been married for 34 years and have one son, Jeffery. She has 38 years of experience in bookkeeping and retail business. She has always been a Methodist and was excited to join FUMC in March of 2014. She loves to sing, to volunteer with the needy, to laugh, music, art and the theater.
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Patty is a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver. She has worked in the church office since 2002. Patty is married to Steve who is a deputy with the Larimer County Sheriff's Department. Patty and Steve have two grown children; Josh, who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska with his wife Laura; and Hannah who graduated from CSU in 2015, and now lives and works in Fort Collins. Patty loves to travel (especially to Alaska), read, go camping, visit with friends and family, and go for walks with their adorable little Jack Russell Terrier, Oreo.
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David’s formal education includes a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree in Choral Music Education from Brigham Young University where he studied with Mack Wilberg (Conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir), and a Master of Music (MM) degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of North Texas where he studied with Anshel Brusilow. His interests include composition, which led him to the University of Southern California in 2002 where he earned an Advanced Certificate in Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television. Working remotely, David is now in the process of completing his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree from the University of Arizona. And although he lives in Denver, he is overjoyed to have found a wonderful church home at FUMC Loveland!
Kathryn was born and raised in Salina, Kansas where she grew up at the Salina FUMC. (Her mother is still an active member there at the age of 94!) She is very thankful to have landed at FUMC in Loveland where she can serve with her passion for church music. Kathryn has a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Wheaton College in IL and a master's degree in music from Kansas State University. She currently maintains a piano studio after retiring May 2019 from 20 years of teaching elementary music with the Thompson School District. She and her husband, Ron, have two adult children and a 14-year-old black Labrador/Dalmatian, Dottie. Her hobbies include working at the Colorado Cherry store on Highway 34, baking, running and Dottie.
Susan Harding is the Bell Choir Director and the Children's Choir Director at FUMC of Loveland. She received her music education degree from the University of Colorado - Go Buffs! She has been teaching music in Loveland for 25 years at the elementary level. She has been the Bell Choir Director for a total of 5 years and the Children's Choir Director for 13 years.
Some of her accomplishments include her marriage of 25 years to her husband Paul and her two beautiful daughters Kina and Samantha, 2012 Thompson Elementary Educator of the Year, SAM's Teacher of the year ( too many year's ago to remember which year:) and a member of the 1984 Olympic Marching Band.
Alison was born and raised in Louisiana, where her parents and family still live. She is the middle child of 7, and has 42 nieces and nephews. She has lived in Colorado for 3 years now. She has worked and cared for children as a Nanny in daycare and preschool and has volunteered at school, Sunday school, and vacation bible school. Her husband is David and have been for 16 years. She has 3 children, 2 by birth, Bailey age 14 and Christian age 12. She has 1 adoptive child, Gracie age 2. She has 2 dogs, Echo and Faith. Her family signs letters and cards like this: A,B,C,D,E,F & G.