Rev. Leslie Wood

Pastor

Rev. Leslie Wood moved to Colorado in February of 1984, after marrying her husband, Brian. Leslie grew up in the Presbyterian Church, USA in her hometown of Athens, TX. She was raised on her family’s farm, which was homesteaded by her great-great grandfather in the late-1880s. She still owns the farm with her sister and brother, and is a country girl at heart.

Leslie received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in marketing, from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. For 20 years she was a marketing communications professional for both secular and Christian companies.

She earned her Masters of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to Loveland First UMC, Leslie was pastor of Pikes Peak UMC in Colorado Springs, The United Church of the San Juans in Ridgway, CO and St. Paul’s UMC in Colorado Springs. Having completed her chaplaincy certification, she has worked as a chaplain at both Penrose Hospital and Pikes Peak Hospice and Palliative Care in Colorado Springs. For 5½ years she served as Director of Youth Ministries at Calvary United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs.

Leslie and Brian have two sons. Shane is an elementary school teacher in Colorado Springs. Tyler lives with his wife Christine and their children, Jackson and Aspen in Ft. Meade, Maryland, where he is stationed in the Navy. The Woods share their home with their mini-Australian Shepherd, Poncho, and their border collie, Jake. Leslie enjoys time with her family, hiking, writing, reading and travelling.

Contact Rev. Leslie Wood at: leslie@fumcloveland.com

Lee Anderson-Harris

Associate Pastor

Rev. Lee Anderson-Harris is an ordained Deacon in the United Methodist Church.  She has served as Minister of Care in UMC churches in the Denver metro, and practiced as a counselor for individuals and couples.  She received her bachelor degree from Texas A&M University, a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado-Denver, and completed her seminary coursework at Iliff School of Theology.  Combining her psychotherapy background with Christian teachings, Lee seeks to walk beside people in a discipleship journey that leads to personal healing and growth as well as hope and healing for our world.  She understands caring for self and others to be a key part of the Christian faith.  Lee is married to Rev. Jeremiah Harris, and together they enjoy the Colorado outdoors and studying history. 

Contact Rev. Lee at: Lee@fumcloveland.com

Ann Kessler

Director of Family Ministries

Ann has been a member of FUMC since 1996. She taught kindergarten Sunday school for 4 years, then in 1999 Judy Graff asked her to help with the youth as an advisor and Sunday school teacher and she hasn’t left the youth range since. She was a mid-high Sunday school teacher for seven years and has focused on the senior high youth group from 1999 until 2013 when she was hired as the Youth director. In 2015, she became full time and her title shifted to the Director of Family Ministries adding the children’s programming. In 2018, with the help and support of FUMC, she received her M.A. in Specialized Ministry. Her love is the yearly mission trips. She has been on over 30 mission trips and loves to watch the teens grow in their service of others.
She enjoys cake decorating, quilting, oil painting, going to the movies, and spending time with her husband, two daughters, and sons-in-law, and her Great Dane, Zoe. 

Contact Ann at: akessler@fumcloveland.com

Laura Morgan

Family Ministries Assistant

A long time member of FUMC, Laura Morgan has experienced the children’s and youth ministries both as a participant and a parent. She has been a Bible Study and small group leader, an events coordinator, a Girl Scout leader and trainer, and a substitute teacher as well as an opera singer, bank teller, marching band chaperone and all around nerd. The joy of mentoring teens and children as they grow in faith, leadership and community is a constant source of renewal. She has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Willamette University and a Master of Arts from Iliff School of Theology.

Contact Laura at: lmorgan@fumcloveland.com 

Jessica Gartner

Director of Young Adult Ministries

Jessica was born and lived in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where her father was a shrimp farmer, with her mother, older sister and younger brother. At age 6 she moved to Gainsville, FL and finally to Colorado at age 13. 

Jessica’s family has a long history in the Methodist faith (with John Wesley’s peppering her family tree for 100’s of years) and even grew up going to the  Methodist Church in Florida. However, having lost touch with the faith as a teenager she took a 15 year hiatus where she explored many other faiths. During this time, Jessica got a Bachelor’s in Advertising from the University of Colorado, worked in marketing in San Diego and even lived in Brazil for a couple of years teaching English and learning Portuguese. After retuning to Colorado in 2009, Jessica earned a Master’s in Social Work and began working with children, youth and families in the mental health field. She eventually decided she needed to find a spiritual home and after years of searching in the Northern Colorado area, she found it in FUMC’s joyous, warm, inclusive, spiritual approach to Christianity. She now proudly reclaims her Methodist roots!

Jessica has been married to her BFF, Daren Gartner, since 2015. Their daughter Ayla was born the following year and their son Jamey (James Wesley) was born in 2018. Jessica spends her days playing outside, painting, writing, and seeking spiritual growth (heaven knows she needs  it) with her close friends and family.

Contact Jessica at: jgartner@fumcloveland.com

Shirley Reed

Director of Senior Ministries

Shirley Reed moved to Loveland in 2015 with her husband, Lloyd. They lived in Parker, CO from 1986-2006 and moved to Northwest Nebraska to help Lloyd’s parents on the family ranch. They have been married for 47 years and have two daughters, Amber who works as Manager of Little Thompson Water District and Lisa who works for National Weather Service in Boulder. Shirley has been a Methodist most of her life and was excited to join FUMC in August 2017. She loves to work in her many raised flower and vegetable gardens, to being a Colorado Master Gardener, to volunteering in the Loveland community and to spend time with her family and grandchildren. 

Contact Shirley at: sreed@fumcloveland.com

Mary Hannon

Business Manager

Mary Hannon moved to Loveland with her husband, John, from Santa Fe, NM 3 years ago.  They have been married for 34 years and have one son, Jeffery.  She has 38 years of experience in bookkeeping and retail business.  She has always been a Methodist and was excited to join FUMC in March of 2014.  She loves to sing, to volunteer with the needy, to laugh, music, art and the theater.

Contact Mary at: mhannon@fumcloveland.com

Patty Gregory

Office Manager

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Patty is a Colorado native, born and raised in Denver. She has worked in the church office since 2002. Patty is married to Steve who is a Bond Commissioner with Pre-Trial Services in Larimer County. Patty and Steve have two grown children; Josh, who lives in Fairbanks, Alaska; and Hannah Curtis who lives in Longmont, CO with her husband, Dylan. Patty loves to travel (especially to Alaska), read, go camping, visit with friends and family, and go for walks.

Contact Patty at: office@fumcloveland.com

Kathryn Peiffer

Organist/Pianist

 

Kathryn was born and raised in Salina, Kansas where she grew up at the Salina FUMC. (Her mother is still an active member there at the age of 94!) She is very thankful to have landed at FUMC in Loveland where she can serve with her passion for church music. Kathryn has a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Wheaton College in IL and a master’s degree in music from Kansas State University. She currently maintains a piano studio after retiring May 2019 from 20 years of teaching elementary music with the Thompson School District. She and her husband, Ron, have two adult children and a 14-year-old black Labrador/Dalmatian, Dottie. Her hobbies include working at the Colorado Cherry store on Highway 34, baking, running and Dottie.

Susan Harding

Director of Spirit Sounds Bell Choir, Children's Choir

 

Susan Harding is the Bell Choir Director and the Children’s Choir Director at FUMC of Loveland. She received her music education degree from the University of Colorado – Go Buffs! She has been teaching music in Loveland for 25 years at the elementary level. She has been the Bell Choir Director for a total of 5 years and the Children’s Choir Director for 13 years. 

Some of her accomplishments include her marriage of 25 years to her husband Paul and her two beautiful daughters Kina and Samantha, 2012 Thompson Elementary Educator of the Year, SAM’s Teacher of the year ( too many year’s ago to remember which year:) and a member of the 1984 Olympic Marching Band.

Alison Williams

Nursery Coordinator

 

Alison was born and raised in Louisiana, where her parents and family still live.  She is the middle child of 7, and has 42 nieces and nephews.  She has lived in Colorado for 3 years now.  She has worked and cared for children as a Nanny in daycare and preschool and has volunteered at school, Sunday school, and vacation bible school.  Her husband is David and have been for 16 years.  She has 3 children, 2 by birth, Bailey age 14 and Christian age 12.  She has 1 adoptive child, Gracie age 2.  She has 2 dogs, Echo and Faith.  Her family signs letters and cards like this: A,B,C,D,E,F & G.