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First United Methodist Church

Church Leadership

Pastor – Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Brannen

Rev. Dr. Jacquelyn Brannen has been a United Methodist pastor for the past 18 years. She has just completed 7 years as a District Superintendent and has a passion for the development of spiritual life. In addition to serving as pastor to FUMC, Jackie is a trained Spiritual Director. She began her pastoral ministry after a career as a counselor and special education teacher. Jackie lives in Wells, Maine with her two Yorkies, Finn and Yuki. Her grandson Matthew lives with them when he is not at school. Jackie has three daughters and seven grandchildren. She loves living near the beach and traveling all over the world.

Director of Music & Marketing – Bevan Bloemendaal

Bevan is a Pastor’s kid and a 3rd generation church organist, pianist, choral director and vocalist from the Midwest.  While studying music he traveled Europe as a vocalist and shares his passion of storytelling through the ministry of music.  He believes that if you don’t feel moved to an emotional response he hasn’t done his job.   He has been with FUMC since 2003 and resides in the New England area with his partner of over 2 decades and 4-legged little boy named Jett.

Lay Leader & Sound Technician – Sue Sarosiek

With a singer/songwriter daughter Sue understands the nuances of overall sound balance, synchronizing, testing and adjusting equipment ensuring that the audible output is one that is fitting to the occasion, song,  and speaker using the equipment.  She has been a member of FUMC now for almost 15 years and is an active part of the church community.

Lay Servants – [left to right]  

Dave Richards, John VanReenen, Sue Sarosiek, and Kevin Fickenscher