The GFUMC Staff
Ed and Brenda Fritz - Senior Pastors
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Pastor Brenda Fritz grew up in the small town of LaFontaine, Indiana and is a graduate of Ball State University, where she majored in social work and criminal justice. Pastor Ed Fritz is from the small town of Muncy, Pennsylvania. He earned a teaching degree in health and physical education from Lock Haven State University in Pennsylvania. Ed and Brenda both received their Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. It was at Asbury that Ed and Brenda met and were married during their final year of school. In the past 30 years that Brenda and Ed have been in ministry, they have served 21 different churches. Their ministry started with four churches in Mississippi, and then two different appointments in Pennsylvania. In 1992, the Fritz's moved to Indiana where they have served churches in Royal Center, South Bend, Marion, and Fairmount. Now the Fritz's are visioning how God is going to use them as servants of Christ to serve His Church here in Goshen.
Steve Campagna - Minister of Music
Steve joined the staff of Goshen First United Methodist Church in January 2010. He is a graduate of Anderson University, Southern Seminary School of Music, and Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Over the past 33 years, Steve has served churches in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Arizona. Besides making music, he enjoys hiking and camping with his family, biking, photography and chasing a little white ball around the golf course. Steve and his wife, Jenny, have lived in Goshen since January 2000. They have three children: Eric and his wife, Brittany and their 3 children live in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, Elise lives in Kansas City, MO, pursuing a career in theater, and Anthony attends Ball State University.
Aimee Brinson - Director of Children's Ministries
Aimee Brinson is married to Tony Brinson and together, they have five awesome children: Tyler, Payton, AJ, Olivia, and Karlee. Aimee has been working and volunteering in the Children's Ministry for more than 13 years. She adores children and is very excited about having the opportunity to work with all of the children in the ministry of this church. Aimee also serves as a member of the praise team at the Life Center Campus. Singing is one of the gifts that God has given her to minister to others and she loves it! Some of the things that she enjoys doing outside of church include singing, reading, snowboarding, anything involving fitness (she is a personal trainer and fitness instructor), laser tag, hide and go seek, and pretty much anything else that keeps her family active and happy. Aimee loves the opportunity she has of working with the children and all of you who are blessed enough to be their parents, teachers, and spiritual leaders, to provide the foundation they need to continue their lives as Christ's followers.
Bobbi Smith - Youth Pastor
A graduate of Purdue University in 2009, Bobbi held her degree in Spanish Education and moved to Honduras, C.A. where she spent a year teaching kindergarten at a bilingual school. This experience helped to shape and mold Bobbi into the woman she is today.
Being actively involved as a youth intern and leader since August 2010, Bobbi found that she loves to work especially with middle and high school age kids. She is also happily married to her husband Matt who is her strong supporter and teammate in everything she does. They are a team that has a deep passion for reaching out to youth and demonstrating God's love. With a strong desire to make a difference in the community and in the world, Bobbi has an enthusiasm not only for youth ministry, but also for music, photography, and travel. She hopes to use all of these things to help further God's kingdom and touch the lives of today's youth.
Linda Ponce - Treasurer
Linda Ponce has been serving as Treasurer at FUMC for a number of years. She works here part-time along with her full-time job as Operations Officer at First State Bank in Middlebury. She graduated from National College of Education with a math/elementary education major. Working at the bank and being Treasurer at FUMC does not allow Linda much free time, but she does enjoy working in her yard. She is married to Armando Ponce and has two children: Meaghan, and son-in-law Andrew Byslma, and a son, Andrew.
Harriet Martin - Office Administrator
Harriet Martin began working here as Office Administrator in December 2005. She attended one year of college at Hesston, Kansas, and three years at Goshen College, graduating with a B.S. degree in Organizational Management. In the past Harriet has worked at different jobs, but her favorites have been working for churches. In her spare time she enjoys playing the organ, reading, walking for exercise, and traveling. Harriet has two sons: David, who is married to Amy, and Jason, who is married to Ruth. David and Amy have three sons, and Jason and Ruth have a daughter.
Ben Whirledge - Volunteer Ministries Coordinator
Ben Whirledge is our clergy volunteer member of the staff, serving as Volunteer Ministries Coordinator. Ben is a graduate of Purdue University and Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology. He served as Associate Pastor here from 1983-88 and as Senior Pastor at Milford United Methodist Church from 1988-93. He and his wife, Marie, have been married for 30 years and have two sons: Brian, who is an elementary art teacher, and John, who is a worship pastor at Fountain City Wesleyan Church in Richmond, Indiana. Ben and Marie live on the family farm near Millersburg.
Garry Anglemyer - Maintenance Facilitator
Garry Anglemyer began working for FUMC in September 2010 as Maintenance Facilitator. He is married to Kathy, and they have three adult children. Their son, Barry, is married to Davina, and they have a daughter, Payton, and a son, Talon. Their son, Kelly, lives in Goshen with his wife, Val, and they have a son named Aspen. Their daughter, Bobbi, is married to Matt Smith and they live in Goshen. Garry's interests are motorcycles! He loves riding and racing motorcycles. His favorite hobby is enjoying his grandkids and grand dogs!
Betty McKnight - Life Center Custodian
Betty McKnight works part-time as Life Center custodian. She graduated from Manchester College with a B.S. in English, with the hope of teaching. She met her husband, Doug, while in college and they became houseparents at Bashor Children's Home for two years. Her husband died in 1994, and the chance to be the custodian for the Life Center was an answer to prayer. Her duties include keeping the place clean and setting up for events like worship, receptions, and meetings. She has no children of her own but has been Mom to 16 wonderful exchange students from all over the world.
Terry Bowser - Life Center Custodian
Terry Bowser began working here part-time in August 2013 as our downtown custodian. In the past, Terry worked for the RV industry for 43 1/2 years. His hobbies include yardwork and traveling. He has traveled to many places in the United States. Terry was invited to attend our church by his sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Merle Yoder, who attend the Downtown campus. Terry retired from being custodian of the downtown campus in 2015, but was invited back on a part-time basis to be a custodian at the Life Center.
Cheryl Hoover - Downtown Custodian
Cheryl started working part-time as our downtown custodian on October 15, 2015. Her husband's name is Kermit, and he works at Smokercraft in New Paris. Cheryl and Kermit have a grown daughter, Kris, who is married to Matt Harshberger, and they have 3 children, Mason (5), Hannah (3), Haley (10 mos). For hobbies, Cheryl likes play piano, reading, cross stitching, and Kermit enjoys raising sheep, and watches sports. Kermit raises sheep for other people and also sells them. Cheryl plays piano for the worship team at Harvest Community Church. She took piano lessons for about 11 years, and used to give piano and guitar lessons in her home. Kermit is an usher at Notre Dame football games, so once a year Cheryl gets to go with Kermit to a Notre Dame football game free.