Our Staff

Lead Pastor Alecia Hilmer

Pastor Alecia will be entering her nineteenth year here at First United Methodist Church . Here is a little background on her journey. She attended The University Of Dubuque Theological Seminary and got her Doctorate in Church Revitalization in 2004. Alecia is married to her husband, Todd. She has two adult children, Samantha and Jonathan and Todd has three adult children, Ben, Nick, and Rebecca. In her spare time she enjoys being outdoors in nature, gardening and LOVES to read a good murder mystery novel. Her hopes in ministry is for the church as well as herself, to continue to love God and love our neighbors. Random Fun Fact : ” While horseback riding in Alaska, I was chased by a grizzly bear!” Favorite Bible Verse : Romans 8:38-39 Email: pastor@southslope.net

Associate Pastor and Director of Children and Youth Beth Botsford Graham

Beth has been at our church now since 2015. As the Associate Pastor and our Children and Youth Ministries Director she is very active in this church and community. Beth has received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from The University Iowa and a Masters degree in Youth Ministry from Asbury Theological Seminary and graduated Grad school in 2010. In October 2019, Beth married Mike Graham. Together they have eight children, Brooklyn, Jeremiah, Jeshua, Savannah, Lucan, Asher, Lillah, and Hollyn. When she does have time to herself she enjoys watching her kids do what they love whether it is sports, acting or just playing. Beth would love to see every person in our church actively growing in their faith and relationship with Christ, knowing that they are truly a beloved child of God always. Random Fun Fact: ” I could eat cheese everyday of my life and never get sick of it.” Favorite Bible Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9 Email: nlmfamilies@gmail.com

Church Office Manager Bev Byram-Howe

Bev has been the Church Office Manager for the last 12 years. She is married to her husband Roger and they live on a small farm in Columbus Junction. She has three grown boys and has been graced with eight wonderful grandchildren. Bev enjoys reading, her horses, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. From curtains to pot holders…she can make you anything. Often you can find her in her second office doing “Barn Therapy” with her friends and her horses. This is her way to connect with God and help others at the same time ….. horses are great listeners. The barn office is always open, just call for an appointment. Random Fun Fact: ” I was in the Army Reserves for eight years.” Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 46:10 Email: nlmadmin@southslope.net

Church Communicator Jess Holmes

Jess has been in her role here as the Church Communicator at the church since May 2019. Her and her family moved here to North Liberty from Wisconsin in 2016 and began working at the church as a custodian shortly after. Jess is married to her husband, Kristopher and together they have one daughter, Kynsli who is eight. In her free time at home, you can find her in the kitchen cooking and baking. Her family also enjoys the outdoors, boating, and spending any time they can get with family back home. Jess’ hope in ministry is for herself and family to become more God’s hands and feet and be more active in the community. Random Fun Fact: ” I have a weird dislike of cotton balls. I cannot touch the stuff!” Favorite Bible Verse: Corinthians 13:6-7 Email: nlmvolunteers1@gmail.com

Director of Music Ministry Lynn Jansen

Lynn has been committed to this church since 1994 where she started out as a volunteer and has been in her current role as Director of Music since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and continues to work diligently in teaching children as well as adults. Lynn is married to her husband, Dave and they have three adult children, Josh, Jon and Cara. They also have one fabulous grandson, Alex. Her family takes joy in spending their time together. When Lynn has free time she spends it with friends golfing, biking, hiking, and she loves her garden. She wishes to grow more opportunities for people of all ages to praise and worship God through music. Random Fun Fact: “I speak Minnesotan.” Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 100:1-2 Email: lynnjansen2017@gmail.com

Director of Creation Kids Childcare Center Michelle Eide

Michelle has been the Director of Creation Kids for over 20 years . She received her AA in Early Childhood Education. Michelle is married to her husband, Dustin and together they have four children, Jaelynn, Peyten, Landen, and Ashlynn. On the weekends you can find her cheering for her children at their sporting events and spending time with her family. Michelle wishes to continue teaching and growing the children at Creation Kids to prepare them for elementary school and also in their love for God. Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6 Email: ckdir@southslope.net

Assistant Director of Creation Kids Childcare Center Kara Fenstermaker

Kara has her AA in Early Childhood Education and been the Assistant Director for sixteen years. She is married to Andrew and they have three awesome boys, Braylon, Brekkon, and Brylor. Their family time is spent with each other camping and being in the great outdoors. She also likes to craft. Random Fun Fact: ” I have worked in every position at Creation Kids except Director.” Favorite Bible Verse: 1 John 4:19 Email: asstckdir@gmail.com

Executive Director of The North Liberty Community Pantry Kaila Rome

Kaila received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at The University of Iowa. She has been the Executive Director at The North Liberty Community Pantry since 2016. Her family all resides in Illinois. She has two brothers and is a very proud Aunt of three nieces and two nephews. Kaila has several hobbies she relishes like: weightlifting, yoga, cooking, watching football and travels when ever she gets the chance. As for her hopes in this ministry, Kaila says: ” I hope to serve the community with the utmost respect and dignity towards those in need. I hope to eliminate hunger in our community and no longer be needed as a ministry. In the meantime, I wish to empower our community to care for each other and themselves and work towards a cooperative method of growing food, sharing resources and feeding our neighbors.” Random Fun Fact: ” I have traveled to six foreign countries.” Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 22:39 Email: director@northlibertycommunitypantry.org

Custodial Maintenance Mike Graham

Mike has been one of our church Custodians since May, 2019. He received is Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. He also has a background in Greek & Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, where he studied for a year. Mike married Beth Botsford-Graham in October, 2019. Together, they have eight amazing children: Brooklyn, Jeremiah, Jeshua, Savannah, Lucan, Asher, Lillah, and Hollyn. When Mike has free time, he enjoys reading, writing, movies, his family time, running, baseball, football….any sports really, and ministry involvement. He would love to start a church softball or volleyball team next year. ” I absolutely love the vision of the church community living and working together , and so I’d like to help our ministries in any way I can as we grow together in our faith journeys.” Random Fun Fact: “I donated bone marrow in 2016 with “Be The Match” bone marrow registry. It’s quite simple to become a potential donor, so please feel free to ask me any questions if you are curious about doing the same as I would be delighted to help.” Favorite Bible Verse: Joshua 1:9 Email: mikeydgraham@gmail.com

Custodial Maintenance Bob Housel: Info coming soon….