Meet Pastor Dan Bader


Pastor Dan was welcomed to FIRST UNITED Methodist Church in June of 2018. He has led our congregation by sharing his joy in ministry and helping people discover that we are all recipients of God’s grace, which offers each of us the assurance that we are Beloved Children of God. He demonstrates God’s love by participating in and leading our congregation in acts of hospitality, justice, mercy and outreach with our communities and the world.

He was educated at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD and received his Master of Divinity degree from Methodist Theological School of Ohio.

Pastor Dan and his wife, Monica, both grew up in South Dakota and mostly served in North and South Dakota until coming to Minnesota. He is a sports enthusiast with football and baseball as favorites. Cooking, music, travel, reading and movies add to his list of favorite activities.

Meet Monica Basaker


As office Administrator Monica handles the day-to-day operations that include the many components of church life. Correspondence, record keeping, bulletins, newsletters, the website, and more keep her busy.

She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Marketing degree and has a business management background.

Monica lived in California for 25 years before moving to Stillwater in 2006, where she now lives with her husband David Swanson.  She has two remarkable children, Dak and Max, and many animals.  Her many outside hobbies and interests include kayaking, cycling, golfing, volunteering, hiking, and many more active sports. She loves to cook and bake for friends and family.

Meet Samantha (Sam) Hauser


Sam is the Youth Director at FIRST UNITED. She meets with our middle school and high school students once a week. She meets with middle school youth for Confirmation Class twice a month and then youth group with both middle school and high school students twice a month. She is a member of our Youth Council committee that works to develop different ways to keep youth involved at church and strategies for growing our program.

Sam is originally from Stillwater, Minnesota, but currently lives in Maple Grove, MN. She attended college in Moorhead, MN for Elementary Education and received a Bachelors of Science. As well as being a youth director for FUMC she is also a third grade teacher in North Minneapolis. She had a lot of experience working with children having worked at a few different daycares before teaching. She previously worked at an autism clinic performing behavior therapy with children of many ages.

Sam likes to play volleyball when it is not winter in Minnesota. She loves to bake, do some crafting, and spending a lot of time with family and friends.

Meet Gaye Fisher


As Music Director Gaye helps select music for and directs the Chancel Choir and the Open Circle Praise Team. She coordinates with the Pastor on music choices for the worship service.

Gaye and her husband, Carl, moved to Minnesota in 2016 having lived in Austin, TX for 25 years. Our church was fortunate to have her join our team in 2018. She has a Masters Degree in Music Education and Performance. The congregation is benefiting from her experience in directing as she chooses a variety of styles of church music including: classical, traditional, contemporary, and "down home" gospel and soul.

It’s no surprise that attending musicals and music performances is one of her favorite activities along with travel and enjoying sports as a spectator.

Meet Kathy Hartman


Our congregation has been blessed to have Kathy Hartman as a member since 1983. She serves as Organist, Hand Bell Director and Accompanist. She leads services by providing music on the organ and piano, accompanies the choir and soloists and leads the bell choir in preparing music for church services. Her degree in music Education has been put to good use.

She and her husband Greg, also a music major, make quite a dynamic duo.

After growing up in Minot ND she moved to Minnesota in 1969. She taught in public schools for three years and has been a full time private piano teacher for many years.

She and Greg love to play pickle ball, and Kathy enjoys reading, knitting and puzzles.

Meet Pasty Bellman


Patsy was born and raised in Stillwater. She has spent much of her life working with young people in a Christian setting including camping, leading mission trips and as Youth Director in this church for a number of years. She now helps plan and oversee the Children’s Ministry program called “Faith Formation.”

Teaching and working with children has been, and still is, her passion; her degree in Elementary Education was put to use as a teacher and substitute teacher.

Camping and traveling are her favorite past-times along with reading, gardening and board games.

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