Lead Pastor Greg Kroger
I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through this congregation. I’ve been a United Methodist pastor since 1987. During the years since then I’ve served in variety of local church and conference level appointments. This includes an earlier appointment as an associate pastor of this congregation from 1992-1999.
My hometown is Canton, SD, where I graduated from high school. I went on to complete a bachelor’s degree at Oral Roberts University, followed later by a Master of Divinity at Sioux Falls Seminary. My wife, Joyceann, and I met as summer employees at the Wall Drug Store in Wall, SD. We’ve been married since 1980. We’re the parents of two adult sons – Karl (wife, Michelle and daughter, Maisie) and Kaleb. I love to hike, bike, kayak, and ski (cross country and downhill). Sharing those activities in group settings is always great.
I am very excited to help lead Rapid City First UMC in its mission of making new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the Rapid City community and our world. My life verse is found Matthew 6:33, “Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I enthusiastically seek to keep this focus before our growing Rapid City First UMC family.
His email is email@example.com
Lori Miklos – Children’s Ministries
Lori is a Rapid City transplant having moved here originally from Bossier City, LA. She and her husband Quint have 2 sons, Steven and Jonathan, and have been members of Rapid City First since 2000. After spending a few years in Texas, they returned to Rapid City in 2006. Lori accepted the newly-created position of Director of Children’s Ministry in July 2007. Since then our “Miss Lori” has been growing the programs of our preschool through fifth grade children. Lori is excited about continuing to partner with young families and our many adult volunteers to introduce our children to Jesus and the church!Lori is a Rapid City transplant having moved here originally from Bossier City, LA. She and her husband Quint have 2 sons, Steven and Jonathan, and have been members of Rapid City First since 2000. After spending a few years in Texas, they returned to Rapid City in 2006. Lori accepted the newly-created position of Director of Children’s Ministry in July 2007. Since then our “Miss Lori” has been growing the programs of our preschool through fifth grade children. Lori is excited about continuing to partner with young families and our many adult volunteers to introduce our children to Jesus and the church!
Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Glynis Becker – Adult Ministries
Glynis began attending First Church in the early 1990?s during her time at the SD School of Mines. Over the years, she has been part of ministry teams, has taught Sunday school, Wednesday Night Live and VBS, and has sung with the contemporary praise team since its beginning. Now she is very excited to share her passion for Bible study, growth and fellowship as the Adult Ministries Director of First Church. Her family includes husband, Ryan, and two children, Danae and Jackson, as well as her parents, Alan and Kay Buhler, who also attend church here.
Her email is email@example.com
Diane Ketel – Ogranist
Teen age years in our rural northeastern SD community provided lessons for service to our small church through music. Our supply pastor was a professional musician who directed the church choir giving us lessons in music and living that led me to DWU and the University of Oregon. At First UMC our sanctuary provides fine instruments in an aesthetic environment. Music in our worship gives us text and melody for praise, contemplation, dedication and action. I am pleased to be part of that!
Parker Knox – Organist
Parker Knox grew up in Onida, S.D., and graduated from Huron College. He was a teacher for 18 years in Wessington Springs, Huron and Blunt and then the first eight years of the new Sully Buttes district at Onida. For 17 years he was publisher of the weekly newspaper in his hometown, and for 20 years he worked for the Pierre Daily Capital Journal as an editor, reporter and columnist. In retirement he lived in Rapid City in 2004-2007 and served as gospel choir accompanist here then. From 2007 to 2013 he lived in Vermillion and worked as a church organist, high school sports reporter and accompanist at the USD music department. He returned in 2013 to Rapid City where three of his children and all four grandchildren live.
Ryan Becker – Praise Team Leader
Hello, my name is Ryan Becker. I have been a member of First United Methodist Church since 1997. I joined the Praise Team that same year, and have been the Praise Team leader since August of 2011. This church has been an enormous blessing to me. I met and married my wife, Glynis, here at church and have had the privilege of raising two wonderful children, Danae and Jackson, here as well. My day job as a photographer has afforded me the opportunity to tell many of the stories of this church (Christmas plays, Vacation Bible Schools, Confirmations) in photos. I continue to be blessed by our church with opportunities to grow in my faith through worship, bibles studies and small groups.
Contact Ryan @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Waugh – Business Administrator
Bill became the Business Administrator for First Church in April of 1999 after retiring from Nash Finch Co. His career with Nash Finch consisted of store management and mid-management positions including District Manager for western SD and the panhandle of Nebraska. He has a BS degree in Business Administration. Bill and his wife Peggie are members of the church and have been since the mid-seventies. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Contact Bill @ email@example.com
Shirley Wood – Secretary
Shirley was born in Pierre and was raised in Draper. After graduation from a 2 year Business College, she was a receptionist with the Division of Employment. For 18 wonderful years Shirley and Ron Wood were married and in 2003 Ron joined his maker.
Shirley enjoys gardening, walking, and cooking (Italian food is one of her favorites). She enjoys spending time with her friends whom she values a great deal. Shirley has a keen sense of the significance of life and her relationship with God.
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Gospel Service 8:00 AM
Contemporary Service 9:30 AM
Gospel Service 8:00 AM
Contemporary Service 9:30 AM
Traditional Service 11:00 AM
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