Columbus First United Methodist Church
Monday, March 30, 2020
Come grow with us!

Rev Cindi Stewart
Senior Pastor
Pastor Cindi grew up in Syracuse, Nebraska and attended Doane College double majoring in English and Philosophy/Religion. She entered into full-time Christian Ministry serving as a Youth Director in Loveland, Colorado, Wichita, Kansas and Norfolk, Nebraska before responding to the call to go to seminary. Pastor Cindi graduated from Sioux Falls Seminary in 2006.
Before coming to Columbus as Senior Pastor in 2014, she served the previous four years at Madison Trinity & Norfolk Westridge UM Churches. Pastor Cindi and her husband Klint have two daughters. Pastor Cindi also rides a motorcycle and enjoys scrapbooking and crocheting.
Pastor Joe Krepel
Associate Pastor of Outreach Ministries
Pastor Joe is our Associate Pastor of Outreach Ministries. Previously, Joe served as youth director at Kearney, Nebraska First UMC where he also led a contemporary worship service. He brings skills in facility management along with a passion for sharing the Gospel message.
Joe & his family have been attending the Ignite service at our Outreach Center, and their children have been active in Kidz Korner and youth groups.  
Sarah Borgman
Christian Education Director
402-564-8463 or 402-564-8362 (OC)
Sarah is our Christian Education Director including Youth Ministry.She was born in York and went to Doane College. Her first teaching position brought her to Columbus in 1992.
She immediately joined the church. Sarah lives in Platte Center with her husband, Scott, and three children. Sarah and Scott were married in this church in 1994.
Sarah loves working with the youth and children of the church. During a typical Wednesday night youth group 40-50 people come share their faith in God at the Outreach Center.
Sarah would love for you to come check out the youth, Sunday School, and the church. Ask about Bible Study opportunities or how you can volunteer in the many aspects and programs of the church.
Sharon Zobel
Business Coordinator
Sharon has served as our Business Coordinator since December 1991. A Columbus native and graduate of Lakeview High School, she began her business accounting career with the Becher-Curry Company.
Sharon and her husband Bill have 2 children, Amy of Columbus and Brent who lives in Omaha. Along with keeping busy with 5 grandchildren, hobbies include reading, crafts, bicycling, and walking.
Sandy Martensen
Program Coordinator
Sandy Martensen assumed the position of Program Coordinator September 4, 2018. She previously joined the staff serving as Administrative Assistant. 

Lisa Nielsen
Administrative Assistant

Lisa grew up in Columbus, attending FUMC from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where she received Bachelor of Journalism and Master of Arts in Mass Communications degrees. While in Omaha, she discovered her “inner nerd”, receiving Master of Arts in Theatre and Master of Science in Elementary Education degrees, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Lisa’s professional experience ranges from working as a Marketing Communications Coordinator for Mutual of Omaha to serving as site manager for Nebraska Shakespeare to freelance writing, editing, and consulting projects. She loves the fine and performing arts, reading, watching TV with her Dad, Tony Nielsen, and entertaining her four feline fur babies: Lucy, Liam, Winkie, and Mr. Pickles. The highlight of each week for her is singing with the Ignite! music team.
Martha Davidson
Parish Nurse
The Parish Nurses organize an additional Red Cross bloodmobile drive approximately every 10 weeks. Our goal is 40+ units each time. Call  402-564-3587 to schedule for the next opportunity. 
Remember the Community BLOODMOBILE every Thursday. Sign up with the Red Cross online at (search on Zip 68601).
Remember one pint of blood can save up to three lives.
Elisha Maxwell

Elisha Maxwell, our Custodian is originally from Sunset, Arkansas where he grew up with 11 siblings. Elisha, a resident of Columbus for the past 25 years, is married to Christina. They have two children together, a handsome 18 year old son and a beautiful 11 year old daughter.
Elisha enjoys fishing a lot! He also likes other sports, especially basketball and spending time with his family.
                          LOCATIONS & SERVICE TIMES
Downtown  2710 14th Street, Columbus, Nebraska  402-564-8463
     Sunday: 8:00 & 10:30 a.m.
     Sunday School: 9:00 a.m.  Fellowship Time: 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
     Nursery available 9:00 - 11:30 a.m.
     Transportation available for Sunday 10:30 service. Call the church by Friday to schedule
Outreach Center  3602 16th Street, Columbus, Nebraska  402-564-8362
     Saturday Evening Service: 6:00 p.m.
     "Ignite On Sunday Night" Alternative Praise Gathering
      Casual Praise Worship: 6:00 p.m. followed by refreshments and fellowship
Office Hours:  Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.