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Our Pastors and Our Church Staff

To get the email addresses please call us at the church office at 337-436-6656.

  9-2:00     Monday-Friday

12-1:00     Closed for lunch


714 Pujo Street

Lake Charles, LA 70601

(across from south exit of church)

Our Pastors
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Rev. Weldon Bares

Senior Minister

I have been the Senior Pastor for First United Methodist Church since June of 2010. I am responsible for preaching, teaching, leading worship, offering sacraments, weddings, funerals, and counseling.  I am also the leader of our church staff.


(Weldon is a graduate of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and Asbury Theological Seminary.)

Rev. Steffanie Pace
Associate Pastor

My appointment at First United Methodist began on July 1, 2021.  I assist Rev. Bares in the Sunday morning services and where else needed. I visit church families that are hospitalized, members in care centers, or homebound. I also lead Bible Studies. I will also continue in my role as Disaster Recovery Coordinator.   If you have any questions, you can e-mail, text, call, or send me a message on Facebook.  I look forward to serving you.  (Steffanie, a graduate of Lamar University, attends Asbury Theological Seminary)

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Rev. Mel Yorks
Associate Pastor

I began my appointment as Associate Pastor here at First United Methodist on August 1, 2021.   I  assist Rev. Bares in the Worship Services and any way needed.  I will be assisting with other areas of pastoral ministries: lead Bible Studies and assisting other staff members when requested.  If you have any questions, you can email, text, call, or send me a message on Facebook.  I look forward to serving with you. Currently, I am a full-time elementary music teacher in Sulphur. with degrees in Music Education and Religious Education.  In addition, I am a graduate of Northeast LA University and NOBTS.    

Our Church Staff
Jim Spitzkeit

Business Administrator

I work with the Finance Committee, Board of Trustees, and the church staff to make sure we have the financial and physical resources to fulfill our mission.  If you have questions or need information about how you can support the church financially, please call or e-mail. 

Kelsey Bice

Administrative Assistant

I produce the church bulletins, newsletters and any other mass mailings. I also act as the facility scheduling coordinator for all church events, non-church events, and weddings. I am the person to call if you need to schedule a room or put an announcement in the bulletin or newsletter. I also visit with those seeking assistance. Call me if you have any questions.

Michelle Bergstedt

Guest and Membership Care Coordinator

I do my best to make sure all of the guests visiting our church feel welcomed and are given information about the church. I oversee our welcoming ministries such as ushers, greeters, and welcome center attendants as well as membership care ministries. Additionally, I am the membership secretary of the church so I handle all the record-keeping for new members, baptisms, confirmations, new births and deaths in the church family. If you are visiting or interested in joining, please contact me.

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Mary Kathryn Norman

Director of Programs & Events 

I plan, coordinate and publicize church programs and events.  My focus is to help you strengthen your personal relationship with Jesus, as well as to provide opportunities for fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.  Specific areas that I cover include Sunday School curriculum, Bible and book studies, Mission/Outreach, and church-wide special events.

Dr. Linda Larson

Media Director

As media director, I have the honor of working with our church clergy and staff. I take care of the technology needs for the church and manage the technology volunteers who work during both our worship services. My responsibilities include programming the slides for both services, lights for the contemporary service, and designing the graphics for the sermon series and announcements.  In addition, I coordinate the sound and live video streaming for both services. I also maintain the church application and most of the church website. I am a retired professor from McNeese State University and I have a doctorate in Educational Technology and Leadership from Pepperdine University. If you have any questions, or if want to volunteer for our technology team, you can reach me at the church office.

Allison Marino

Director of Youth Ministry & Assistant Contemporary Service Director

I work together with Glenn Miller and Molly Guthrie to lead and plan activities for youth ages 6th grade through 12th. We invite all teens to join us Sunday nights at Ignite Youth or Sunday mornings at Sunday School.

Ann Courville

Director of Children's Ministries

I lead and plan activities for our children ages 3 years to 5th grade. That includes Sunday School, Children's Moments, and children's special events throughout the year.

Emmie Gonsoulin

Director of Music Ministries

As Director of Music Ministries, I conduct the Chancel Choir and work to develop a deeper understanding of music’s role in the faith and mission of our church. Since music is such an integral part of worship, it is my goal to grow the program through concerts, events, and special music services. If you are interested in joining the choir or would like to support music ministries at FUMC, I would love to hear from you!

Tony James

Contemporary Worship Director

As Contemporary Worship Director, I lead our 8:30 a.m. Worship service.  I work each week to select music that will provide an uplifting and meaningful element to worship.  If you would like any information about our Contemporary Service or any of our  Contemporary Worship Teams, do not hesitate to contact me.

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Brian Johnson

Assistant Director of Music Ministries

From Madison, Wisconsin

Former Director of Music/Organist at Bashford United Methodist Church, Madison, Wisconsin.

Moved to Lake Charles, in September 2020.

"I am thrilled to be here helping the church grow!"

Nathan Guillory

Assistant Media Director

Nathan J. Guillory is Assistant Media Director and in charge of Technology & Streaming / Podcasting . He streams professionally on social media. Previously he worked as a Union electrician for 8 years. He earned an associate degree from Sowela College with Concentration in Industrial Electrical Engineering; He enjoys live streaming video games for non-profit organizations such as St. Jude and Extra Life Charity, including the founding of FUMCLC Media. On occasion, he does photography, videography, and digital graphics designing.

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Tiffany Guillory

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry

Tiffany Guillory is the assistant director of Children Ministries at FUMC.  She also teaches Computer Technology Enrichment in Calcasieu Parish School Board. Previously she was a Band Director for 9 years total with the school board . Tiffany earned a BA from McNeese State University in 2007; MAT from Louisiana College and Certification in Music K-12 in 2010; Specialist in Ed. Leadership and +30 in 2015 from McNeese . She  plays clarinet regularly at First United Methodist Church in the Praise Team and teaches private lessons on woodwinds instruments and piano.

Jimmie Woods

Church Sexton

Greg Tete

Handbell Instructor

I direct our beginner's bell choir for anyone from middle school age to adult. If you would like to join, then let me know!

Diane Brown

First Methodist School Director / Church Nursery Coordinator

I am the Director of our Day School. Monday thru Friday our trained staff cares for 175-200 infants through 4 years old.

I also schedule and supervise loving and qualified nursery workers to care for your most precious gifts while you worship or grow in faith through study at the church. Our nursery is also for children 6 weeks through 4 years old.

Clay Leger

Maintenance Assistant

I assist with the maintenance & custodial needs of the church in order to keep our church facility in good condition.

Tammy Brown


I assist in the care of the church, helping to keep our beautiful facility ready for worship and study. I am always happy to help you and your group have a great experience.

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