Meet Our Staff

PASTORS

BRIAN OLIVER

SENIOR PASTOR

Brian joined us at First United Methodist Church in Casper in July of 2008.

Rev. Brian comes to us from First United Methodist Church in Cheyenne, WY. His duties included: preaching, and leadership of their children, youth, and adult programs. Rev. Brian was raised in Upton, WY and feels proud to call Wyoming home. He spent two years in Chicago, IL during junior high and high school, which instilled in him a passion for multicultural ministry and social justice. Brian graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, SD. It was there that he met his wife Christine, and there that his mother, father and sisters currently live. Brian received his Master of Divinity at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio and was chosen by faculty and peers to deliver the baccalaureate sermon at his graduation in 2004. After graduating, he served two churches in Springfield, OH until he was asked to serve at First Cheyenne.

Brian can be reached at the church office at (307) 234-9385. If he is out, you will be connected with his voice mail which he checks regularly. You can also e-mail him at SeniorPastor@fumccasper.com.

MARY SHIVERS SCHMIDT

ASSOCIATE PASTOR

Pastor Mary grew up in Georgia, reside and served churches in The Texas Annual Conference for 25 years. She has a heart and passion for serving people and leading them into a deeper walk with the Lord.

Her responsibilities at the church include developing and strengthening an active Stephen Ministry Program, regular home and hospital visitation. Emphasis is placed on home visitation and shut ins. Adult ministry and leading Bible study, heads up a weekly prayer group, preaching monthly, and participating in our outreach activities at King’s Corner on Sunday and Tuesday nights.

Mary’s educational training include a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Georgia, a Master’s degree in Christian Educaion from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore Ky., and a Master’s degree in Divinity from Emory University, in Atlanta Georgia.

Mary has one married son, Josh, who resides in Colorado. Hobbies include reading, walking, entertaining, and taking cruises.

Mary can be reached at the church office at (307) 234-9385. You can also e-mail her at: AssociatePastor@fumccasper.com

You can contact Rev. Mary at 307-234-9385. Her email address is AssociatePastor@fumccasper.com.

Please feel free to stop by at any time for a visit.

Education Staff

KATHIE WALKER

DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIAN EDUCATION AND YOUTH MINISTRIES

Kathie was born in Colorado Springs, CO. She earned her Elementary and Early Childhood Education Degree from the University of West Florida in 1996. After teaching for several years at the elementary school level then the college level for Adult GED Prep classes, Kathie began her church ministry at the Cheyenne, Wyoming FUMC in 2002, where she was hired as the Director of Christian Education. After serving Cheyenne for five years, Kathie and her family moved to Casper in 2007 where she joined our church and began serving as the Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministries. In this position, Kathie supervises childcare ministries, and she oversees children’s, youth, and adult ministries. Kathie loves guiding and connecting with our youth and watching their faith development.

In the spring of 2013, after two more years of education, Kathie earned her Certification in Christian Education from the General Board of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church. She is now working on her Masters of Divinity degree at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, CO. She will begin her internship here at the church in September 2016. She has a large, blended family of nine, including Jerry, her husband, and seven kids (two boys and five girls).


Kathie can be reached at the church office at (307) 234-9385. If she is out, you will be connected with her voice mail. You can also e-mail her at: ChristianEd@fumccasper.com.

Office Support

Linda Gehres

Office Administrator

Office@fumccasper.com

Blithe Cummings

Treasurer

Treasurer@fumccasper.com

Linda Brubaker

Financial Secretary

Nicole Kranzler-Gacke

Children’s Ministry Assistant

FirstKids@fumccasper.com

Music Staff

Wayne McIntire

Choir Director

Donna McIntire

Organist

Dana Duell

Kiononia Bell Ringers Director