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

monicaMonica Basaker started working for First United Methodist Church

of Stillwater in November of 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 with her husband, David Swanson.  Monica can be reached at

Interim Youth and Family Ministries Director – Sam Hauser

Sam serves as the Interim Youth and Family Ministries Director at FUMC.  Sam can be reached at

Music Director – Gaye Fisher

Gaye Fisher has been directing church choirs since 1977. On and off through the years, she had led a variety of different groups including children’s choirs, gospel and soul choirs, traditional chancel choirs, and praise bands. She is currently the music teacher at Laura Jeffrey Academy middle school in St. Paul. She and her husband moved to the Twin Cities in 2016 after living in Austin, TX for 25 years. She feels blessed and honored to have the opportunity to serve this church. Gaye can be reached at

Organist- Kathy Hartman

Kathy HartmanKathy 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

Sunday School Superintendent – Patsy Bellman

Patsy Pic 1Patsy 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

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