First UMC Staff


  • Pastor Tim Bonney, Lead Pastor

    I started my appointment as the Lead Pastor of First UMC on July 1, 2017. My wife Michelle and I enjoy serving in Indianola at First UMC. It is a wonderful family of God's people with a real heart for the needs of the Indianola community!


    My blog is found at timbonney.com.


    3 Fun Things About Tim!: 

    • If you could have one super power, what would it be?
      Teleportation, then I could be where I want whenever I want!
    • What is it that you do at First UMC?
      As the Lead Pastor of First UMC my responsibilities include preaching, worship, administering the sacrament, helping organize the over-all ministry of the church, and leading by serving others.
    • Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
      Not really. But Luke is my favorite book of the Bible.

    • pastortim@indfumc.org

  • Pastor BRIAN WILLIAMS, ASSOCIATE PASTOR

    Pastor Brian began his appointment as Associate Pastor of First UMC on January 1, 2019.


    3 Fun Things About Brian!: 

    • If you could have one super power, whatwould it be?
      I would be able to freeze time.
    • Do you have any favorite sports teams?
      I am a devoted Duke and Iowa State basketball fan. When it isn’t basketball season, I’m usually watching the Braves play MLB or catching some college football. Are you a sports fan, too? Let’s catch a game!
    • Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
      I don’t know about a sure favorite, but I remind my self of John 1:5 often. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.”

    pastorbrian@indfumc.org

  • Ellen Wadding, Director of Christian Ed. & life Groups

    To put it simply, Ellen is in charge of all things Education-related. From directing our summer VBS, to keeping the HS FUSE Youth Group entertained each Wednesday evening, Ellen makes sure the children and youth know that Jesus loves them, no matter what!


    If you have any education or student-related questions, contact Ellen at ellen@indfumc.org.

  • Zach Rohlwing, Director of Worship Arts

  • Jeremy Brinning, Director of Communications

    Originally from Centerville, IA, Jeremy crossed the state of Missouri for more than 10 years before starting at Indianola First UMC in April of 2017. Prior to starting here, Jeremy worked as a retail store manager, and spent more than 7 years in non-profit, higher ed, and corporate marketing positions.


    3 Fun Things About Jeremy!: 

    • If you could have one super power, what would it be?
      I think super-strength would be the most useful super power to have on a regular basis.
    • If you could be any Disney princess, who would you be and why?
      I have to go with Pocahontas. She's got charisma, outdoor skills, and she can even talk to animals and plants. Sounds good to me!
    • Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
      Psalm 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

    jeremy@indfumc.org

  • Michael Boston, Church Accountant

    Michael has worked at Indianola First UMC since October of 2003 as the Finance Coordinator. Prior to starting here, Michael spent 15 years at Peoples Natural Gas company in Omaha, in the accounting and gas supply areas. He then spent 4 years running a scholarship program for an inner city Catholic grade school land then 3 years at United Way of Central Iowa.


    3 Fun Things About Michael!: 

    • What is the best thing about your job?
      The best part of my job is the relationships I have formed with congregation members over the years.
    • Do you have any favorite sports teams?
      My favorite sports teams are the Green Bay Packers and the Boston Celtics.
    • Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
      Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

    michael@indfumc.org

  • Merrilee Blosser, Office Manager

    Merrilee has worked at Indianola First UMC since early Summer of 2016. Having worked as an at-risk youth case manager, preschool teacher, and a mom, Merrilee's favorite part about working here is seeing and working with so many members of the church.


    3 Fun Things About Merrilee!: 

    • If you could have one super power, whatwould it be?
      I think it would be cool to fly.
    • Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
      I have always liked Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?”
    • Do you have any favorite sports teams?
      You really need to ask??? the Cyclones, of course!!!

    merrilee@indfumc.org

  • Melissa Holter, Children's Ministry

  • Dixie Olsen, Infant & Toddler Ministry

    3 Fun Things About Dixie!: 

    • If you could have one super power, what would it be?
      To love perfectly.
    • What is it that you do at First UMC?
      I help plan and lead the curriculum for our youngest church members. This includes weekly Bible lessons, learning songs about Jesus, and planning crafts and play time in a way that shows little ones how much Jesus loves them!
    • Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
      Not any particular one but I hold on to the truth of God's love for me, grace extended to me, and salvation.

    dixie@indfumc.org