MISSION and VISION


The mission of Ankeny First United Methodist Church is to be an open and inviting community of faith through which God grows deeply committed Christians.

Our vision is to REACH with the love of Christ, GROW in the love of Christ, SERVE through the love of Christ.

CORE VALUES
A new transformed life begins when each of us claims, "Jesus is Lord."
In Christian fellowship we experience the presence of the living Christ.
Celebrating God together in worship is the central expression of the Christian community.
It is in serving others that we serve Jesus Christ.
Scripture is our primary resource for discerning God's will.
All we have comes from and is owed to God.
The Holy Spirit is the source of our power to follow Jesus Christ.
Prayer is the most consistently powerful means through which the Holy Spirit enters and directs our lives.
It is our responsibility to invite all people to participate in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Christian education is a vital part of growing in knowledge and faith.
The sacraments (baptism and communion) are instruments by which Christ is remembered and received.

Pastors and STAFF

Pastor Mike Janes - Lead Pastor

Mike Janes joined the staff at Ankeny First United Methodist on July 1, 2017. Prior to Ankeny, he served in Davenport for 10 years, Le Mars for 4 years, and in Muscatine for 7 years. Mike and his wife Jen, have two teenage children, Josh and Megan. In Mike’s free time, he is an avid runner and cross-country skier, a motorcyclist, and is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

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Pastor Angie Loomis - Outreach Pastor
Angie Loomis is our Outreach Pastor. She was appointed to Ankeny First on July 1, 2014 and started as our Administrative Pastor. She is happy that the very capable office staff have been able to pick up much of the administrative functions so that as of September 1, 2016 she can focus on what she loves - mission and discipleship - challenging us to take our faith outside of the doors of the church. Angie is an Ordained Elder in the Iowa Annual Conference. Born in Renwick, Iowa, Angie graduated from Westmar College with a degree in accounting. She then pursued a business career working for Greyhound Lines and Wells Fargo for 20 years. After hearing her call to ministry while a member at Valley UMC in West Des Moines, Angie attended Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. She has served the Corydon Parish, the Manning United Methodist Church and the United Church of Manilla. 

Angie and her husband, Randy, have two adult daughters and three grandchildren.
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Pastor John Wagner - Campus Pastor - CLC

John Wagner first joined our staff in 2009 as the Site Director of the Christian Life Center, where he helped develop both worship and sports ministries unique to the CLC. In 2012, John was appointed to our congregation and he continues his ministry focus at the Christian Life Center where he serves as the Campus Pastor. John and his wife, Amity, have two young children, Gabe and Landry.

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Pastor Thom Bryant - Faith Chapel and Recovery Ministry

Thom Bryant joined staff in 2011. Thom first experienced his call to ministry while he was a participant in the Iowa School for Lay Ministry. After United Methodist licensing school in September, 2012, Thom was appointed full-time to our congregation as a licensed local pastor.  He continues following his call serving primarily at Faith Chapel and The Road of Recovery. Thom, his wife Katie, and their daughter Aislin live in the church’s parsonage adjacent to Faith Chapel.

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RHONDA ALESSIO - ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST

Rhonda joined the staff in January 2007 as Membership Secretary/Office Assistant. Her responsibilities include answering phones, greeting visitors to the church office as well as tracking of births, baptisms, marital status, deaths, membership transfers and any individual information changes. She also processes information for New Member Classes and Worship Attendance. Rhonda has two children, Max and Ryan.

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JACQUE COULSON - DIRECTOR OF CARE AND CONNECTION

In February 2011, Jacque's position changed as the responsibilities of lay ministry oversight and the caring and health ministry areas were combined.Jacque is the staff liaison for the Connection Cluster and the Christian Care Cluster. Jacque started her AFUMC career in August 2000 as the part-time Director of Lay Ministry. In January of 2005, she became Director of Adult Ministry which oversaw lay ministry volunteers as well as adult classes and small groups. Jacque has an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University, a graduate degree from Drake University, post-graduate credits from the University of Iowa and DMACC, so she can cheer for any of the sports teams with enthusiasm. She worked in health care for 25 years and is a trained Stephen Minister. She has a daughter, Krista living in the Chicago area. Jacque's passion is helping people get connected in the church and community through caring ministry and service. You won't be a stranger for long if you let Jacque introduce you to the many opportunities to be involved!

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PAT CROWNOVER - DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Pat joined the staff at Ankeny First United Methodist Church in June, 2004. She previously served as Director of Christian Education in several United Methodist churches in the North Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa Conferences. She received her undergraduate degree from Morningside College, Elementary & Middle School Education Degree and Certification from Dakota State University, and pursued a MTh Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Pat has three children Michael, Kimberly, and Matthew.

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LINDSAY DRAKE - DIRECTOR OF SMALL GROUP MINISTRY & EVANGELISM

Lindsay joined the team of staff at Ankeny First United Methodist Church in November 2013 as the Director of Small Group Ministries. Small groups are a vital part of the life of the church, and Lindsay would love to help you find a group. Various small groups include Financial Peace University, Alpha, Disciple, and Covenant Bible Study. Lindsay is a lifelong Methodist and has a deep passion for the church. Beyond Lindsay’s involvement in Small Group Ministries, you can often find her singing with a group or volunteering on various committees at the local church level, as well as the conference level. Her family includes her husband, Travis, and three children, Benjamin, Annabelle and Elizabeth.

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STEVE FRAVEL - PROPERTY MANAGER

Steve joined the staff in November 2016 as our part-time Video Specialist and Uptown Audio Specialist, and added to his role in March 2017 as our Property Manager as well! Steve comes to us with a long history working in the telecommunications industry. Beginning in radio in high school, television after college and changing to the telephone business mid career. Steve additionally comes with many administrative and practical talents that he puts to use in the ministry of overseeing the care of our buildings as well. Steve and his wife Dawn are members at Ankeny First and live in Ankeny. They have four children and five grandchildren.

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CINDY LORIUS - FINANCIAL ASSISTANT

Cindy Lorius joined us as our Financial Assistant in December 2016. She is a native of Southeastern Minnesota. She moved from Northeastern Iowa to Altoona in 2010. She is the proud mom of two daughters and a loving grandparent of four grandchildren. Cindy’s greatest joy comes from an ever growing and transforming relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. She has been a member of the United Methodist Church for most of her life. The majority of Cindy’s career life has been working in the financial industry. She has a huge passion for helping others. When not working, her favorite activities include anything outdoors and especially time with her Australian Shepherd “Shep”; spending time on the farm with her best friend, TJ and his family; and driving to Southeastern Minnesota to spoil her grandchildren. Cindy will tell you that there would be no better way to describe her life than “I am truly Blessed Beyond Measure.”

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CHARITY MCEVOY - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS

Charity joined the staff in July 2010 as our Communications Assistant, but the role has evolved into a full time position of Director of Communications. Charity's responsibilities include publishing our weekly bulletins, bi-monthly newsletter, and other print and electronic and social communication. Charity has a BA in Public Relations from UNI. She and her husband Clay live in Ankeny and have twin daughters, Lauren and Emma.

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MARCIE MULFORD - MINISTRY SUPPORT SPECIALIST AND EDUCATION ASSISTANT

Marcie joined the AFUMC team in September of 2012. Her main responsibilities include coordinating Sunday School, CLC scheduling, Arena support, and sports ministry support. Marcie graduated from Northwest Missouri State with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. She and her husband, Jason, live in Ankeny and have four children, Kyle, Tara, Autumn, and Ella.

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DREW SAFOREK - DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY

Drew began his employment at Ankeny First in August 2016. Drew was a volunteer in our youth programs and a member of our church community for eight years prior to beginning employment. It was during his time volunteering that he met his wife Kirsten who was also helping out with the programs. The couple have a daughter Kaydyn. Drew grew up in the small farming town of Wayland in southeast Iowa. He attended Iowa State University where he received his bachelors in Kinesiology and Health.

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TRACI SCHERMERHORN - DIRECTOR OF SPORTS MINISTRY

Traci joined the AFUMC team in March of 2010. In September of 2012, she accepted the role of director of Sports Ministry. Traci is responsible for the visioning and development of our sports, recreation, and fitness ministries. She works part-time at the Christian Life Center. Traci graduated from Bradley University in Peoria, IL with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management/Human Resources. Her husband, Kevin works for Pekin Insurance in Ankeny. They have two sons, Tyler and AJ.

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CINNAMON STROUD - OFFICE ASSISTANT

ALICIA VER HUEL - FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alicia joined our staff in October 2015. She comes to us well qualified with a Business Finance/Accounting degree from Iowa State, and a Master's degree in Accounting with a government and non-profit spcialization from Kaplan University. Since moving to Ankeny in 2008, Alicia and her family have been attending worship at Ankeny First, and she formally joined the church with her husband in May 2013. She and her family have been active with Agape Garden, serving meals at [email protected], and various other service projects. Alicia and her husband Craig have one daughter, Annabelle.

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AMITY WAGNER - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP

Amity join the staff at Ankeny First in 2015. As Associate Director of Worship, her responsibilities include planning contemporary worship across our three worship sites. Amity has been leading worship at Ankeny First since she began attending the church in 2002. She has a degree in music education and music therapy from Wartburg College. Amity is married to Pastor John Wagner, and they have two children, Gabe and Landry.

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MELODY WEBB - DIRECTOR OF WORSHIP MINISTRY

Melody joined our staff in June 2010. She graduated from Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Music Education in Vocal/Choral Music. She and her husband, Thomas had been singing together in Chancel Choirs for 12 years in churches in Mississippi and Missouri where she was also involved in directing various aspects of church choral music, including children, youth and adult choirs. They, along with their three children, moved to Iowa in 2008, and all enjoy using their musical talents to support the music ministry of the church.

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LAUREN WILKEN - ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF YOUTH MINISTRY

Lauren Wilken join our staff as the Associate Youth Director in September 2017. Lauren graduated from Iowa State University in 2011, where she studied education and music. Lauren taught for six years in public schools before being called to youth ministry. Lauren's church involvement has included chancel choir, various children's ministries, worship teams, and show choir camp (her favorite). Lauren and her husband Phil have been worshiping at Ankeny First since 2012, becoming members soon after. They are parents to young twins, Charlotte and Foster.

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Ankeny First United Methodist Church
206 SW Walnut Ankeny, Iowa 50023
515-964-4249