First UMC Staff

  • Pastor Tim Bonney, Lead Pastor

    Pastor Tim started his appointment as the Lead Pastor of First UMC on July 1, 2017. 

    As Lead Pastor he is responsible for the overall vision, ministry and leadership of the church. Tim is an Elder in Full Connection in the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church and as such his responsibilities include sharing God's Word, administering the sacraments, ordering the life of the church, and serving others alongside the members of First UMC.

  • Pastor Trevor Vaughn, Associate Pastor

    Pastor Trevor began his appointment as Associate Pastor of Indianola First UMC on July 1, 2021. Pastor Trevor is appointed part-time to Indianola First, as well as pastoring Farmer's Chapel UMC and Milo UMC as a solo pastor. Trevor is a Provisional Elder in the United Methodist Church and will be ordained an Elder in Full Connection in the UMC in July of this year.

  • Ellen Wright, 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

  • Zach Rohlwing, Director of Worship Arts

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Lisa Anderson, Infant & Toddler Ministry

  • Myra Hewitt, Parish Visitor

  • Gerri Hadley, Parish Visitor