We have a dedicated and caring staff who serve our church family well.  Most are part-time and work other jobs as well, so email them or call the church office for the best way to reach them.  Church office hours are Monday-Thursday, 8:00-1:00.

Senior Pastor

Amy Foster

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I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the ministry team at Sterling UMC.

I came to Sterling from a three-year appointment as the pastor at Dawson UMC in Wichita. Prior to my time there, I served eleven years as the Associate Pastor of Children, Youth and Families at Park Place Christian Church in Hutchinson.

I claim Mitchell Chapel UMC in rural Hutchinson as my “home church”. It is my involvement there as a volunteer that brought me to my calling in ministry. I am forever grateful to that congregation for their loving care and nurture.

I have a B.A. in Pastoral Studies and a certificate in Operational Leadership from Southwestern College in Winfield, Ks.  I also have an M.A. in Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Family Ministries from Friends University in Wichita.

My husband and I met one Christmas Eve during a candlelight worship service at Mitchell Chapel nearly forty years ago. We raised three children together on a small farm northwest of Hutchinson. We have two young grandsons.  Besides being with my family, I enjoy spending my down time with good coffee and reality TV shows.

It is my hope that everyone grows to know the love of Christ and to reach their full potential as a true child of God. I consider it a sacred privilege to walk alongside people in their life’s’ journeys.

Administrative Assistant

Brandi Clark

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Born and raised in the Sterling/Alden communities. Moved to Kentucky during high school where I meet my husband Jeremy Clark. We resided on his family farm in Kentucky until January of 2013, and it was then that we moved to Sterling. We have four children… Grace (Nikki) a high school senior , Kayley a high school sophomore, Jeremiah a seventh grader, and Isaiah a second grader.

Since graduating high school I have been a part of ministry in the following areas both in Kentucky and now in Sterling/Alden churches…Youth leader in Kentucky, VBS volunteer, Sunday School teacher, SPRC member, Administrative assistant for the Sterling United Presbyterian church, Certified Lay Servant, Pulpit fill as a Guest Speaker, Youth Huddle leader at Sterling UMC, and various other volunteer areas. Besides being a part of these I have worked in other administrative positions as well as being a stay at home mom to our four children.

My call to ministry came many years ago but it wasn’t until 2 or 3 years ago that I really began the discernment process for where God was guiding me to serve. I am looking forward to this new journey as the new Administrative Assistant.

Children's Ministry Director and Worship Coordinator

Jordan Black

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I am thrilled to be on the team at FUMC as the Children’s Ministry Director and Worship Coordinator! I’m newly married to my wonderful husband, Micah, who works at Sterling College, our alma mater.  While at SC I  double-majored in Vocal Performance and Theatre Performance and minored in Youth Ministry.This is my first full-time ministry position, following a year as an intern with Fellowship Bible Church in Topeka, KS, in their student ministry.

I’ve always been involved in the church growing up, and began volunteering as a teenager with the children in my home church in Eureka, KS.    In the summers, I started a summer program called Flint Hills Follies, which was designed to give kids in my rural hometown a chance to learn about theatre in a healthy, Christ-centered environment. Then, in the summer before my junior year of college, I became a camp counselor with Heartland Camps in Parkville, MO. There, working with 1st-3rd graders, I received my call into ministry.

Soon after, I added the Youth Ministry minor and became involved as a volunteer with Connection. I am thrilled to be coming back to Sterling to invest in the lives of children and their families, and I am so thankful to God and to the church community for providing this opportunity!

I am excited to work with the people at Sterling UMC!

Pastor of Families and Young Adults

Jeff Darnauer

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I grew up in northwest Kansas, went to college in suburban Chicago, and moved to Sterling from Kansas City, where I attended seminary and served as youth pastor in the Church of the Nazarene.  I spent 12 years in youth ministry before transitioning into my current role as an associate pastor.

I am ordained in the Church of the Nazarene and hold a B.A. in Christian Education and Bible/Theology from Wheaton College (IL) and an M.Div. from Nazarene Theological Seminary.  I also am an adjunct professor at Sterling College, teaching courses in youth and family ministry.

My passion is to see young and old coming together to follow Jesus, taking on His character, growing in their intimate knowledge of Him, and  joining His mission in the world.

I met my beautiful wife Kristi on a mission trip to Juarez, Mexico.  We have three fun and energetic kids...Jace, Caleb, and Tessa.  I am a coffee enthusiast.  I enjoy spending time with friends and family, travelling, reading, and being outdoors and active. 

Youth Director

Josh Hood

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Faith Steps Director

Tonya Saiz

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Originally from Cairo, Nebraska; came to Sterling College in 2001 and graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2005. Moved to Colorado Springs after graduation to teach 1st grade, but moved back the following year, because I missed Sterling. My husband and I lived on campus (where Eric was a Resident Director) until 2013 while I taught 2nd grade in Hutchinson from 2006-2012. In May of 2018 I graduated with my master’s as a Reading Specialist and have been a Sterling College Adjunct for the Education Department the last two years.


Although, I have a few years of teaching and education under my belt, I am most thankful for the years I have had to be home with my 4 children. Jaelynn is 8, Amalia and Eliana are 5, and Micah is 3. My three girls attended Faith Steps Preschool and we have been so blessed by the teachers and the Methodist Church family. I am looking forward to making my way back into the classroom, especially at Faith Steps Preschool.

Faith Steps Teacher Assistant

Danielle Van Veldhuizen

Hello I'm Danielle Van Veldhuizen. Born and raised in Wichita, KS. I am married to my wonderful husband Jon and we have 3 handsome boys; Zechariah (5), Kaiser (3) and Blaise (18 mo.).

I graduated from Sterling College with a degree in Athletic Training and Exercise Science but have been a stay at home mom for the last 5 years.

I love the outdoors, sports and hanging out with my friends and family. God has blessed me abundantly and I try not to take anything for granted!


Cheryl Buckman

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I graduated from Sterling College with a dual bachelor degree in Business Administration and Accounting.  I have my own bookkeeping business in town and when the church needed a new treasurer, I saw this as an opportunity to use my knowledge to serve the church.


Vickie Colston

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I have lived in Sterling for over 32 yrs. I have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren, part of them live close and the others farther away.

I have been part of the Methodist Church for over 20 years, where I have taught Sunday School, worked with the youth, run the soundboard, helped with Scouts, as well as kids activities in school.

I enjoy reading, cooking, and family time. I also work at the Co-op station.

Welcome to the Methodist Church.


Elisha Nickerson

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First United Methodist Church

  July 2020  
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