Staff
Pastor, EXT 202

Terry Plocher

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I am honored to be the pastor of First UMC in Carroll. I came in the summer of 2018 and enjoy both the church and community. I served churches in Eastern Iowa for 25 years most recently in Reinbeck before coming to Carroll. I also served as youth pastor in Bettendorf Iowa.

I love to offer creative preaching and teaching that speaks to the reallives of real people. I believe in REAL church. The church must reflect the REAL power of God at work in the REAL people with REAL problems and struggles. My personal goal as pastor has always been to help the church to be out in front of these problems ready and accepting of anyone who may come our way.

I grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and attended Westmar College in LeMars Iowa. I earned my Master of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion. I completed the 2 year Academy of Spiritual Formation in 2018. During a few years when I wasn’t in pastoral ministry I also completed carpenter’s apprenticeship program to be a journeyman carpenter in the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities.

My wife, Robyn is also a pastor. She serves the Panora UMC. We have two grown children, Amber and Richie, and one grandson who lives here in Carroll.

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Director of Ministries & Financial Secretary, EXT 203

Suzi Olberding

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Suzi Olberding [suziolberding@msn.com] holds a degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from the University of Northern Iowa.  She has also attend Academy for Christian Educators, is very involved with the Iowa Christain Education fellowship, and is currently attending School for Lay Ministry. Along with husband Dave, and their three kids, their family makes Carroll FUMC their home.  You can find Suzi interacting with the young people of FUMC through after school activities, programs like VBS or UM Kids, or continuing to provide educational leadership.  She might even be out and about planning/purchasing/training for the next big event.  Her love of Christ's children is evident in all she does for Carroll FUMC's young people.  Contact her at ext. 203

 

 

Education Ministries

 




Youth Ministry Coordinator

Jason Bush

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Jason and his family are an active part of our First United Methodist Church through a number of roles.  Assisting with our youth since July 2011, he joined the paid staff as the Youth Ministry Coordinator for our Jr. and Sr. High youth programs.  Jason has a passion for ministry and missions...  prayers for our youth and their families are appreciated.

 

 

Youth Groups:  

Visit our youth page for details

 

 

 




Administrative Assistant, Ext 201

Sherri Hoaglund

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My name is Sherri Hoaglund, I am the administrative assistant. Let me share a little bit about me with you.

I'm a graduate of Bedford High School and have a BS in accounting from Buena Vista University. My employment included HyVee in Creston and Carroll, East Union School in Afton, Iowa, Carroll Community Schools and New Hope Bargain Shoppe. I also volunteered at New Hope Bargain Shoppe before becoming employed there, and currently volunteer for Kindred Hospice.

During my free time I enjoy spending time with family, reading, exercising and doing puzzles. My family consists of my husband, Gregg, and our two sons, Jonathan and his girlfriend Serenity and Zac and his finance Ellie.

 




Choir Director

Tami Meiners

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Hi, I’m Tami Meiners, the new church choir director.  I am so excited to be here! I graduated from Northwest Missouri State in Maryville in 1992.  I taught vocal music for 5 years at Dallas Center-Grimes School District, and then my husband, Alan, wanted to move back to the family farm near Willey.  So, we settled on the family farm, and I have been teaching for the Audubon Community School District for the past 20 years.  I direct the Jr. high and high school choirs and have enjoyed directing the musicals, jazz choir and show choir.  Alan works for Syngenta Seeds in Slater, Iowa and farms in his spare time. I call it his expensive hobby.  We have 3 children, Grant (a freshman at Harvard College), Will (a sophomore at Carroll High School) and Lydia (8th grader at Carroll Middle School). I cannot wait to work with this choir, and if you like to sing your praises to God, please join us! 




Bell Director

Jennifer Swope

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Mrs. Jennifer Swope is in her third year of teaching, currently serving as the 7-12 director for the Carroll Band program. Originally from Eastern Iowa, she currently resides in Dedham with her husband Tyler and their dogs Diesel and Vise. Jennifer is an alumna of Iowa State University where she graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Instrumental Music Education in December of 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cheer on the Cyclone football and wrestling teams, hunt and fish with her husband and father-in-law, and play with her dogs. She is an active performer, currently playing bassoon with the All Strings Attached Symphony and subbing for many gigs in the area. Jennifer is excited for the opportunity to work with the bell choir, get to know everyone at First United Methodist Church, and to follow in Ellen’s footsteps.

 

 




Organist/Pianist

Ellen Severin

Ellen provides organ and piano music for our Saturday and Sunday Worship services

 




Organist/Pianist

Nancy Davis

Long time resident of Carroll along with her husband Mike.  When not out RV-ing, Nancy provides organ music for our Saturday and Sunday Worship services.




Custodian

Michelle Caltrider

Along with her husband Kevin & their kids, the Caltrider family has been keeping Carroll FUMC clean for years.  Express your appreciation, to her and her family, for our clean facilities.




Financial Assistant

Shelly Madden

Hi, I'm Shelly Madden. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State in 1993. I earned my CPA designated in 2003. I worked as accountant for 11 years at a local CPA firm. I have worked the past 14 years at Commercial Savings Bank as an internal auditor/compliance officer. My husband Chad, a veteran, has worked for Farner-Bocken for over 27 years. We have two boys. Cole is a freshman and Chase is a 7th grader. Hi, I'm Shelly Madden. I graduated from Northwest Missouri State in 1993. I earned my CPA designated in 2003. I worked as accountant for 11 years at a local CPA firm. I have worked the past 14 years at Commercial Savings Bank as an internal auditor/compliance officer. My husband Chad, a veteran, has worked for Farner-Bocken for over 27 years. We have two boys. Cole is a freshman and Chase is a 7th grader.




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