Our Staff


Reverend Robert McDowell is the new pastor at Athens First UMC.

Rev. Robert McDowell
Senior Pastor

robert@firstumcathens.org
(740) 593-3977 ext. 15

Before his appointment at First United Methodist Church in Athens (June 2015), Robert also served churches in Lancaster, Xenia, Toledo, Findlay, Quincy, and Lima. Originally from southeastern, Pennsylvania, Robert moved to Ohio in 1985 to attend United Theological Seminary in Dayton and during this time decided to become a member of the West Ohio Conference. Robert is married to Penny and they have two grown children. Robert’s life mission is to joyfully live out the good news of Jesus Christ through word and deed so that his family, his church, and his community will know and embrace God’s hope and promises for their daily living.

Robert also regularly writes about matters of faith and Methodism at his blog: Nikos!


Ministry Staff

Rick Seiter

 

Rick Seiter
Director of Youth & Adult Ministries
and Congregational Care

rick@firstumcathens.org
(740) 593-3977 ext. 16

 

 

 

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Peter Jarjisian
Director of Music Ministries
jarjisia@ohio.edu

 

Kevin Dael

Kevin Dael
Director of Bell Choir Ministry
daelk@ohio.edu

 

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Allene Kilgore
Guest Relations Coordinator for
Monday Lunch Ministry

k.allenekilgore@gmail.com

 

Jeff Daubenmire

 

Jeff Daubenmire
Associate Director of Music Ministries

jeffdaubenmire@gmail.com

 

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Holly Murphy
Director of Children’s Ministry

holly@firstumcathens.org
(740) 593-3977 ext. 17

 

Tom Murray

Tom Murray
Director of Monday Lunch Ministry
mondaylunch@firstumcathens.org

 

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Kamile Geist
Director of Holy Hands Puppeteers

kamilegeist@me.com

 


 Support Staff

Jenaye Hill
Office Manager & Communications Director

jenaye@firstumcathens.org
(740) 593-3977 ext. 10

 

 Dan Smith

Dan Smith

Treasurer
dan.smith@ponymail.com

 

 

Todd Bradford

Director of Building Maintenance

todd@firstumcathens.org

 

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Claire Hutchins
Nursery Attendant

rh348113@ohio.edu

 

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Kristin Kerwin
Event Host & Wedding Coordinator

kikikerwin@yahoo.com

 

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Denise Davis
Finance Manager

denise@firstumcathens.org
(740) 593-3977 ext. 28

 

Mindy Dohlman

Mindy Dolman
Custodian

 

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Amanda Tier
Nursery Attendant

at176813@ohio.edu

 


Growing Tree Preschool Staff

Cathy Bigger

Cathy Bigger
Director & Teacher

bigger@firstumcathens.org
(740) 593-3977 ext. 14

 

Kathy Mangen 

2018-2019 Director and Teacher

kathy@firstumcathens.org

 

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Angela Strycker
Teacher

angela@firstumcathens.org

 


Lay Ministry Leaders

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Skip Billups

 

Usher Coordinator

 

 

 

 

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Ben Stoltzfus
Prayer Ministry Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

Jean-Marie Cackowski-Campbell
Telecare Ministry Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bonita Maze
UMW Chairperson
bjm7073@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Deb Murray
Acolyte Coordinator
murrayd1@ohio.edu

 

 

 

 

 

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Mike Bila
Athens County Food Pantry Liaison
mtb57@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liturgical Arts Coordinator

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Ken Edwards
Missions Ministry Coordinator
LMNO@LMNOeng.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barb Taylor
Home Visitation Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Brandon Saunders
IT/Sound Director
brandon.saunders@bcsengineering.com