FUMC Staff

Emily Spearman Cannon

Lead Pastor
Fun Fact: I have an incredibly intense aversion to cheese…and I mean *all* cheese. I can’t eat it in any form! 
Favorite Hobby/Activity: Reading, watching nerdy TV shows, walking, singing, cross-stitching, spending time with my family
Favorite Bible Verse: 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?

Phillip Clay

Associate Pastor
Fun Fact: I learned how to make ratatouille because of the movie, and it’s now one of my typical dishes!
Favorite Hobby/Activity:  Working out, eating, movies, making music, and loving on my rotund cat!
Favorite Bible Verses: Deut. 6:4-9 – “Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love Adonai your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These words, which I am commanding you today, are to be on your heart. You are to teach them diligently to your children, and speak of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up. Bind them as a sign on your hand, they are to be as frontlets※between your eyes, and write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” 
John 1:14 – “And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. We looked upon His glory,※ the glory of the one and only※ from the Father, full of grace and truth.)”
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Ben Wheeler

Director of Youth & Discipleship Ministries
Fun Fact: I was the school mascot in college. Go Scarlet Hawks!
Favorite Hobby/Activity: Golf, reading, going for a drive to see something new with my wife.
Favorite Bible Verse:  Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Lori Klatt

Administrative Assistant
Fun Fact: I’m a lefty!
Favorite Hobby/Activity: Playing volleyball and hanging out with my husband
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 3:20 – “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine”

Mike Cavanaugh

Fun Fact: Yes I still have a chest, but I just store it in my stomach. LOL!
Favorite Hobby/Activity: Playing golf
Favorite Bible Verse: James 3:9-10 – “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.

Part-Time Staff

Karen Jonas

Coordinator of Children’s Ministry and Nursery
Fun Fact: I have an extra vertabrae!
Favorite Hobby/Activity: Having game nights with my Husband and Kids, going on walks with my girlfriends, and family get togethers.
Favorite Bible Verse: Proverbs 16:24 – “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
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Nick Griggs

Director of Music 
Fun Fact: I have 8 brothers and sisters and we’re all musicians…and one of my brothers and I both played college football as well!
Favorite Hobby/Activity: Watching movies with my wife!
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:28-29 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”
Miriam Griggs

Miriam Griggs

VBS Coordinator
Fun fact: I can clap with one hand
Favorite Hobby/Activity: Getting coffee with friends, lunch dates with friends, watching my oldest son experience new things, and dates with my husband.
Favorite Bible Verse: Depends where I am on the journey, whatever speaks to me and propels me forward.

Sherrie Rickerson

Coordinator of Outreach
Fun fact: I have moved approximately 50 times in my life and have been in 38 of the 48 contiguous states at some time.
Favorite Hobby/Activity: Spending time with my children, gardening, listening to music, visiting with friends.
Favorite Bible Verse: Matthew 22:37-40 – Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your hear and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Mark Hunter

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Amy Warner

Head Organist
Fun Fact: I drive tractor and semi on my farm.
Favorite Hobby/Activity: reading, hiking, camping, dancing, pets
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:8 – “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

Danny O’Dell

Building Manager
Fun Fact: My nickname is Digger!!
Favorite Hobby/Activity: I love to work with mechanical items with my hands (example: repairing toys) or doing what yard work needs to be done.
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:13 – “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Adjuct Staff

Austin Regier

Director – StepMC
Fun Fact: I once caught a wild tarantula in a park by my house when I lived in Paraguay and kept it briefly as a pet.
Favorite Hobby: Playing bluegrass music with my family.
Favorite Bible Verse: Colossians 3:12-15 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Sherrie Rickerson

Coach – Circles of McPherson County
Fun fact: I have moved approximately 50 times in my life and have been in 38 of the 48 contiguous states at some time.
Favorite Hobby/Activity: Spending time with my children, gardening, listening to music, visiting with friends.
Favorite Bible Verse: 1 Peter 2:9-10 – “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”