Meet Our Staff

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Rev. Amy Covington

Pastor
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Pastor Amy was appointed to First UMC in July of 2013 after serving as Senior Pastor at Fairmount UMC for seven years.  She has served in urban, suburban, and rural congregations in Indiana and Texas.  Having grown up United Methodist, Pastor Amy had a desire to attend United Methodist related schools, graduating from the University of Indianapolis in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, and in 1998 from Perkins School of Theology Southern Methodist University, with a Master of Divinity degree.

Pastor Amy and her husband, Christopher, will be married 22 years in July of 2016.  They have three children who are active in the church and in school/community activities.  This, as well as the ministry of the church, keep them on their toes.

Pastor Amy has a heart and passion for mission and outreach.  She has traveled to Nicaragua, Mexico, and many different states in the US, serving on mission teams.

Pastor Amy’s life verse is John 11:25, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me will live, even though they die.”  She believes that every person needs to hear these words of Christ and know that he died for them.  She tries to live her faith based on Jesus’ call to the disciples in Matthew 25, when doing unto the least, we are doing unto Christ, himself.

Joe Andrews

Pastor of Visitation

Our Pastor of Visitation, Joe Andrews, is a 1958 graduate of Burris High School and a 1964 graduate of Ball State University.  Joe served Indiana churches for 40-plus years before retiring in 2008, and has been a chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital for 27 years.  He enjoys music, photography and spending time with family.

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Annette Gower

Director of Children's Ministries

Annette has been a member of FUMC since 2000.  After teaching Sunday School and coordinating VBS for years, she came on staff as the Director of Children’s Ministries in 2008. She loves teaching children about God and seeing them grow in their faith. She and her husband Aaron have four children.

 

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Judy Martin

Organist

Judy Martin grew up in the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Wren, Ohio, and the Missionary Church in Decatur.  She is a 1971 graduate of Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music.  She traveled throughout Iceland, Greenland and Canada on a USO tour, and taught piano at IPFW and Fort Wayne Bible College for 15 years. Judy has been with First Church for 27 years serving as organist, choir accompanist, and music director.

Judy and her husband, Lowell, are celebrating 47 years of marriage this year.  They have two children, a daughter, Melanie, and son, Matthew.  They enjoy spending time with and spoiling their five grandchildren.   Judy and Lowell  own and operate Martin Music, and she enjoys spending time with family, traveling with college friends every summer and giving her grandson, Quincy, piano lessons.  Judy’s favorite scripture is Isaiah 40:31,  Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
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Janet Fauhiger

Administrative Assistant

Janet Frauhiger has been the Office Administrator at First Church for 35 years.  She and her husband, Ron, will celebrate their 36th wedding anniversary this year.  Janet is a member of St. Marks UMC.  Her favorite Bible passage is Romans 8:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 

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Tana K. (Ritter) Sheets

Kids First Director
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Tana has been the director of Kid’s First Child Care Ministry for 20 years and has been in the child care field for 29 years. Tana is married to Jeff Sheets (captain of training for the Decatur Fire Department).  She is a mother to Justin J. Sheets, a junior at Ball State University studying pre-med and Jimmy D. Sheets, a sophomore at Ivy Tech, in the field of Criminal Justice and Public Safety.

Tana has lived in Decatur all her life and enjoys the small, close family-oriented community.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and collecting M&M figurines.