Leadership

Governance

Richfield United Methodist Church is a local congregation of the Minnesota Annual Conference (MAC) of the United Methodist Church. It has a senior pastor appointed by the MAC Bishop as well as additional paid staff in program and support roles. There are several Elected Leader Teams comprised of members in good standing who are active and engaged in the life of the church. The Appointed Clergy Team, Elected Leader Teams, and Paid Staff Teams work together to carry out the mission of the church to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. The vision to live in faith, justice, and joy is crucial to everything we do as a church, from missional outreach to Sunday School, from worship to neighborhood events.

Elected Leader Teams

Leaders are elected for three-year terms to a variety of teams that help the church function and carry out its mission today and tomorrow. Members receive a list of all elected leaders at the semi-annual meeting in June. Teams include Trustees, Staff-Parish Relations, Finance, Reconciling, Social Justice, Hospitality, Children’s Council, UMW, and others. Members of key teams come together as the Administrative Board which works with the senior pastor to carry out the mission of the church.

Paid Staff Team

Appointed Clergy Team

Rev. Nate Melcher | Senior Pastor | email

Rev. Hope Hutchison | Director of Children, Youth, and Community Ministries | email

Caring for Children ELC Staff

C. Mahler | Director | email

Kathy Newbauer | Assistant Director | email

Music Staff

Paige Armstrong | Choir Director | email

Nancy Dierauer | Music Director & Organist | email

Victor Zupanc | Living Waters Band Leader | email

Program Staff

Kay Bergeland | Parish Nurse | email

Garrett Johnson | Youth Director | email

Support Staff

Kathy Gertsema | Business & Administration Coordinator | email

Pat Noonan | Maintenance Engineer | email

Linda Schmidt | Programs & Communications Coordinator | email