GET TO KNOW OUR PASTOR AND STAFF:
Pastor Dan Bader
Our new pastor, Dan Bader, officially begins his ministry among us on July 1st. Dan and his wife, Monica,
have been married for 32 years. They have two sons, Matthew and Nathan. Dan is coming to us from Pierre United Methodist Church in Pierre, SD.
Office Manager & Membership Secretary – Monica Basaker
Monica Basaker started working for First United Methodist Church of Stillwater in November 2013. As office administrator she handles the day to day operations and correspondence. As Membership Secretary, she maintains the permanent records of membership, baptisms, deaths, marriages, etc. Monica graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and has a business management background. She lived in Southern California for over twenty years before moving to Stillwater 10 years ago. When Monica is not working she enjoys volunteering at many non-profits around the twin cities. She spends much of her free time outdoors kayaking, bicycling, golfing, and gardening. Monica can be reached at OfficeAdmin@fumcstillwater.com.
Interim Youth and Family Ministries Director – Cynthia Frederick
Cynthia serves as the Interim Youth and Family Ministries Director at FUMC.
Cynthia can be reached at YouthDirector@fumcstillwater.com.
Music Director – Becca Bellman
Becca Bellman has been the Music Director at First United Methodist Church of Stillwater since 2015. She loves bringing music to life through worship. After earning her B.A. in Vocal Music Education from Concordia College, Becca began teaching elementary music in the Twin Cities, and still can be found in the classroom five days a week during the school year. She also enjoys camping, canoeing, playing board games, reading, and singing in community choirs. Becca is very happy to be working at FUMC, a church family she has called home for a lifetime. Becca can be reached at MusicDirector@fumcstillwater.com.
Organist- Kathy Hartman
Kathy Hartman has been the organist, handbell director, and accompanist at FUMC since 1983. After growing up near Minot, ND, and moving to Woodbury, MN at 16, she earned a Music Education degree from Mankato State University, and taught music in public schools for three years. She has been teaching Suzuki Piano in her home in Oak Park Heights since moving here in 1981. She met her husband Greg at FUMC, and they were married here in 1989. She enjoys spending time with stepsons Brett and Trevor, three sisters and a brother and their families, and with her church family. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing pickle ball with Greg, and camping in their 5th wheel trailer. Kathy can be reached at Organist@fumcstillwater.com.
Sunday School Superintendent – Patsy Bellman
Patsy Bellman graduated from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls with a degree in elementary education. Besides teaching and subbing in the public schools, she has spent much of her life working with young people in a Christian setting. Seeing the benefits of having an inter-generational program at FUMC, she makes connections in Sunday School with our members of a different generation. Patsy also has dedicated much of her life to United Methodist camping. Relaxation time activities include reading, gardening, and games. Patsy can be reached at SundaySchool@fumcstillwater.com.