Ministry Team


Michael Evans-Pastor
Gina Christensen – Administrative Assistant
Linda Keiper – Lay Staff Member
Deb VanMatre – Organist, Pianist, Choir Director, Bell Choir Director
Christy Schwarz – Custodian
Brandon Jacques – Lay Leader

Michael Evans: Michael began serving Faith united in July, 2015 as a student pastor while completing his seminary degree through United Theological Seminary out of Dayton, Ohio, graduating in 2017. Michael served as a part-time pastor while in Seminary and became the full-time equipping pastor.
Michael grew up in Mullen, Nebraska, in the heart of the sandhills. After graduating from UNK, he worked at the Kearney Hub for 6 years before joining the staff of Kearney First United Methodist Church as Director of Faith Development and Youth Ministry. After 7 years in that position, Michael transitioned to Gibbon Faith United.
Michael and his wife, Wendy, were married in 1998 and have 2 sons, Gabriel and Nathaniel.

Gina Christensen: 
Gina began working for Faith United in 2011. As a part-time administrative assistant Gina’s duties include bookkeeping, accounting, maintaining the church records, newsletter and much, much more.

Deb VanMatre: Deb leads the musical ministry at Faith United Church through her service as organist, pianist and leader of the chancel choir and bell choir all as a volunteer. Deb and her husband Nick, are lifelong Gibbonites. They have two children, Craig and Alissa. Craig and his wife, Heidi, live in Norwalk, Iowa. Alissa and her husband, Andrew, and children Baylee and Kinley, live in Gibbon. Deb has been a church member since 1975, and has served as organist since 1979. She majored in music at Kearney State College and studied under Arlene Williams, Gaylene Fowler, Doris Ganz and Nancy Whitman. In addition to Faith United, Deb volunteers her time as an accompanist for the Gibbon High School choir and district music soloists.