Our Team

Learn about our church team.

Kirstie Jeanette Engel

Spiritual Leader

Meet Kirstie Jeanette Engel: ordained as Elder in the Kansas West Conference, wife of Stephen Robert Engel, mother of Shaya and Keera Garnes and stepmother of Ella and Ashton Engel.


Kirstie was raised in Brooklyn NY and later received her Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State University. She then earned her Masters of Divinity at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa Oklahoma and was able to pursue her Doctorate of Ministry in Homiletics at Phillips Theological Seminary. Recently, Kirstie has served as the associate pastor at Saint Mark UMC in Wichita Kansas and St. Paul UMC in Lincoln, NE.


She is ecstatic to be the Spiritual Leader of First UMC, Lincoln and will strive to empower everyone to know how much they are loved and to become their best selves!

Matt Borland

Director of Youth Ministries

Dr. Steve Goldeck

Director of Music & Worship

Dr. John Spilker

Assistant Choir Director

Steve Engel

Director of Hospitality and Food Services

Charity Helter

Director of Children’s Ministries


Krista Lawrence

Children & Youth Music Director & Cantor

Chuck Leypoldt

Church Treasurer

Blake Stephens

Director of Community Outreach, Social Media and Worship Sound

Kim Pasold

Weekday Evening Custodian and Closer

Laura Sheldon

Office Assistant


Shirley Baum

Financial Secretary

Tim Van Meveren

Sunday Custodian

Amy Holland

Sunday Nursery

Chloe Lyons & Olivia Gentert