Staff - DSM First Church



Find out more about the church staff. 

Rev. Eric Guy, Pastor

Eric has served as Pastor at Des Moines First United Methodist Church since July of 2013.

He is a graduate of Central College in Pella, Iowa and Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia. He was ordained as an Elder and elected into full membership in the Iowa Annual Conference in 1998.

Prior to his present appointment Eric served as the Associate for University Student Ministries at Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation in Ames (1993-1994), served as pastor at United Methodist churches in Perry, Rippey and Fairview (1994-2001), was the Iowa United Methodist Conference's Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (2001-2007) and Leadership Development Minister for Young Adult and Generational Ministries for the Iowa Conference (2007-2013).

Eric is the parent of two sons, Tad and Jonah.

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Christine Anders, Minister of Discipleship

Christine joined the staff of First Church in October of 2008. She has her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Prior to working for the church she was a Home Economics teacher in Indiana and in Nigeria where she served as a United Methodist missionary for three years. Upon returning to the US she moved to Iowa where she worked for 22 years as a Lead Consultant for the Iowa Department of Education. She also owned a small business that provided in-home, non-medical care. While owning her business she discovered her passion for working with older adults and enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C. to obtain a certification in Older Adult Ministries.

Christine is a big sports fan who enjoys basketball, football and hockey.

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Lisa Karen Hankey, Office Manager

Lisa Karen is a native Iowan from Emmetsburg. She is the mother of two girls, Jasmine and NiColett. She and her fiance Guy have two foster dogs that keep them busy. She enjoys being outside, reading and listening to audio books, knitting and crocheting and trying to keep all sorts of plants alive.

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 Duane Harris, Maintenance


Duane has worked at First Church for 11 years. He attended Lincoln High School in Des Moines and enjoys the outdoors especially fishing and camping. In his spare time he enjoys reading and creative writing.

He has four children, Marietta, Cassandra, Alexander and Chloe. He is married to Shannon.

Duane takes great pride in caring for this 100+ year old building.

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Connie McFarlin, Director of Creative Center for Young Children (CCYC)

Connie has served as the Director of CCYC since September of 2005 but she has been connected with the center since 2002. Before becoming director she served in various capacities including teacher associate, lead teacher and curriculum coordinator. She has a BA in Elementary and Early Childhood Education from Central College in Pella, Iowa. She is also a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and volunteers throughout the year checking car seats/booster seats for parents at community events or by appointment. She also conducts community trainings.

Connie has three children and lives in the Historic Sherman Hill Neighborhood with their Boxer/American Bulldog mix rescue dog, Gus. She grew up on the east side, graduated from East High and is a big supporter of the Scarlets!

She loves music and singing. She also likes to bake with her children, play in the snow and gardening. She is an active member of The Community of Christ - West Des Moines Congregation, where she serves as a volunteer co-pastor.

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Michelle Mathews, Finance Manager

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Dr. Tin-Shi Tam, Director of Music





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