Staff: Michael Evans-Pastor
VanMatre, Organist, Pianist, Choir Director, Bell Choir Director
Kern, Audio-Visual Technician
Saturday Worship Pianist
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.
Michael grew up in Mullen, Nebraska, in the heart of the sandhills. After graduating from UN, 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, Michael transitioned to Gibbon Faith United. While serving as part-time pastor and full-time seminary student, Michael also serves on the Great Plains Conference Council on Youth Ministry. Michael and his wife, Wendy, were married in 1998 and have 2 sons, Gabriel and Nathaniel.
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. 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 and are active
church members. 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 recent years she also has directed the
chancel choir and bell choir. In addition to Faith United, Deb volunteers
her time as an accompanist for the Gibbon High School choir and
district music soloists. She is employed in the Grand Island office of District 3 Representative Adrian Smith.
Webster: Susan was born and raised in Franklin County,
Nebraska. She is married to Dave Webster and has two sons, Charles
and John, one deceased daughter, Jenny, and two grandsons, Sean
and Matthew. Susan has been custodian at Faith United Church since
1999. She also serves as Children's Librarian and wears many other hats at the Gibbon Public Library.