Dr. Scott Meador


Dr. Scott Meador : Pastor

Scott has been pastor of First United Methodist Church since 2010.  Previously, he served congregations in Epworth and Solon. Scott has degrees from Eastern Illinois University, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and The University of Dubuque. He is married to Heather and father to Emma and Sophia. His passion is helping persons experience the transforming power of Christ Jesus.

(319) 334-3689

Susie Galpin

Office Manager

Susie Galpin : Office Manager

Susie is our Office Manager at the church.  She moved to the area in 1999 and resides north of Independence.  She is married to Jeff and mother to son, Bailey, and daughter, Kennedy.  She graduated from Upper Iowa University with a degree in Business.

Linda Stamper

Ministries Coordinator

Linda Stamper : Ministries Coordinator

Linda has been ministry coordinator since 2001. She and her husband Bill, daughters, Stephanie, Michelle & Pam moved to Independence in 1976, They welcomed their son David in 1980. They now have 7 beautiful grandchildren. I am privileged to be able to talk and visit with our church family members and together we seek to find a way where we can use our talents, share our faith and serve God. 1 Peter 4:10.

(319) 334-4261

Tim Dryml

Sound Technician

Tim Dryml : Sound Technician

Tim is our sound technician here at church. He is married to Pam and father to Melissa and Tara. Tim is also in charge of our radio program which is aired every Sunday at eleven a.m. on KQMG 953.

(319) 334-3689

Mary Schubich


Mary Schubich : Organist

Mary has served as church organist/pianist at First United Methodist Church since 1999. She earned degrees in music and biology from Wartburg College, and has enjoyed teaching piano for many years. She and her husband Leo reside in Independence, and together claim six adult children and one dog. Her ministry is centered on acclaiming His Saving Love through music.

(319) 334-3188

Jim Brown

Director of Music Ministries

Jim Brown : Director of Music Ministries

I have been the Director of Music Ministries here at First United since February 1999. I am the director of the Chancel Choir, Good News Singers, Bell Choir, and a member of the Men's Quartet and Blessed Promise Band. I am also the Director of Children's Choirs at East Buchanan Elementary in Winthrop. I currently teach grades PreK-5 grades at East Buchanan and have been the elementary music teacher there since 1996. I received my Associate of Arts Degree in Business management at Kirkwood College in Cedar Rapids in 1992, a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1995 and my Masters in Education Degree from Viterbo University in La Crosse, WI. in 2007.

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Chris Smith


Chris Smith : Treasurer

Angie Slife


Angie Slife : Custodian (319) 334-3689

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