About First church

Our Mission is to connect and empower people for living the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We are a community of believers whose faith has been formed through reason, experience, scripture, and tradition. We are a diverse group with the common goal to connect and empower people to live out the Gospel of Jesus

The First Church Team

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Rev. Tom Brady

Senior Pastor
tom@fumclawrence.org
I have been at First Church since February of 2006. In my free time, I enjoy watching and playing sports. I prefer emailing over texting and my favorite part of my job is meeting new people and talking to them about what they believe.
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Rev. Kathy Williams

Associate Pastor
kathy@fumclawrence.org
I was born and raised in Wichita, KS and began serving at First Church in 2014. Prior to full-time ministry, I worked as a School Psychologist for the Emporia School District. I am married to Earl and we have two adult children, Christopher and Alexandria. I have a great passion for justice ministry, and I find great joy in extending hospitality to others.
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Sara Wentz

Minister of Music
sara@fumclawrence.org
I’ve been a staff member at First Church for 17 years. It is a great joy!
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Susan Mercer

Director of KU Campus Ministries & West Campus Worship
susan@fumclawrence.org
I grew up in rural Illinois but Lawrence and First Church have been my home for over 20 years. I joined the First Church staff full-time in 2016, after a 20-year career at KU. My husband, Jack, and I have two adult children, Chloe and Jackson. My passions are helping others discover who God is calling them to be, building teams, and creating new things.
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Anna Callan

Administrative Assistant
anna@fumclawrence.org
My husband Dan & I moved to Lawrence in 1978 to attend KU! We raised 3 wonderful kids here. I recently celebrated my 5 year anniversary as a staff member. I feel very blessed to have made so many friends & met so many great people through First Church. I continue to enjoy being part of a caring staff & look forward to each day here as a true gift from God.
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Linda Edman

Office Manager
linda@fumclawrence.org
I began working at FUMC in 2014 but I have been a member of this church since 1977. My husband, Don & I were married in this church in 1989 & we have 2 children, Michael & Morgan. My husband & I graduated from KU. The best part of my job is the joy of interacting every day with church members and a great staff to assist with all the missions of FUMC.
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Laurie Kallenbach

Director of Congregational Care
laurie@fumclawrence.org
I joined the First Church staff in October 2014, however my husband, Loren, & I have been members for over 20 years. We met at KU & have lived in Lawrence most of our adult lives. Our sons, Josh & Jake, keep us busy with Scouting, youth & sports events. A favorite family activity is curling up with our 4 basset hounds & rooting for the Jayhawks.
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Marc Ridenour

Facilities Coordinator
marc@fumclawrence.org
Marc was born in central Florida and moved to the midwest in Junior High. He was a biology major in college, but found his passion in healing buildings instead of people. After selling his remodeling business, he was called to use his skills at First Church. Marc has two sons, one granddaughter, loves to cook and play worship music.
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Tami Clark

Director of Youth Ministry tami@fumclawrence.org
Tami was called to youth ministry as a teenager and began volunteering as a young adult leader at the age of 19. Her second passion is art ministry. Here at First Church, she has been able to work in both, as the Director of Youth Ministry since 2007 and as the coordinator of our after school arts program called the Art Cafe. She and her family have been members since 1994.
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Morgan Hannah

Middle School Coordinator
mscoordinator@fumclawrence.org
I joined the First Church staff in July of 2016. I’m a student at the University of Kansas studying History and Communications. I also sing in the West Campus band and play the ukulele. On any given night you can find me at home watching Netflix.
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Cindy Nelson

Director of Children’s Ministries
cindy@fumclawrence.org
Miss Cindy has been a member of the First Church staff for 3 years. She loves kids of all ages, is a devoted UMW member, and loves to laugh.
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Londa Israel

Assistant Director of Children’s Ministries
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Kristy Teska

Financial Manager
kristy@fumclawrence.org
I joined the staff at FUMC in the fall of 2015. I grew up in Lawrence and rural Franklin County and attended KU for both my undergraduate and masters degrees. My husband, David, and I have two children and stay busy keeping up with their activities. I have several creative hobbies and enjoy spending time with my family.
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Colleen Boley

Media Manager
media@fumclawrence.org
I joined the First Church staff in April of 2015. I have lived in Lawrence most of my life but have also spent time living in California, Croatia and Costa Rica. I love working with the staff and members at First Church and appreciate the supportive environment. In my free time, I like to hang out and play with my dog, Willis.
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Eve Loos

Preschool Director
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Seth Bott

Organist

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