Staff

Pastor

Christopher Gudger-Raines

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Pastor Christopher joined First UMC in July of 2021. He is a native of West Virginia and served in the WV Annual Conference for 8 years. He then served congregations in Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA. Prior to parish ministry, Pastor Christopher served in the mission wing of the Church. He was a US-2 in St. Louis, MO, served on staff at a church in Cambridge, UK and served at the General Board of Global Ministries. He earned his M.Div from Drew Theological School. He and his wife Meredith have two children.




Director of Music Ministry

Eileen Brody




Pastor of Hispanic Ministries

Zulma Sauceda

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Faith In Action Coordinator

Debbie Grant

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Debbie joins our staff as Faith in Action Coordinator with 20+ years of membership and love for our church family. She served as a volunteer with Girls’ and Boys’ fellowship groups and Family Ministries, later joining the staff as Youth Coordinator with arguably the best youth group in the history of youth groups! She has volunteered with Skagit Literacy, the Conway and La Conner school districts, and most recently with Hospice of the Northwest. In her current role, she looks forward to building relationships and creating opportunities for our church family to put their faith into action both within our congregation and out in our local and greater community.

Debbie and her husband Eric have lived in Skagit county for the past 25 years and have raised their children, Amanda and Mitchell, in this beautiful valley. In her free time, Debbie enjoys dark chocolate, traveling, cooking, and reading.




Treasurer

Harlan Mayer

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Spiritual Growth Coordinator

Clynton Easley

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I first became aware of my calling to Ministry in 2015 when I was baptized at the Coupeville United Methodist Church. I began attending Seminary in the Fall of 2018 as a part of my path toward serving God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit through the Ordination Process for the United Methodist Church. While in this process I have served in various capacities at Coupeville UMC and as a part of my Seminary education I also served with Faith UMC in Issaquah, WA from September 2020 through May 2021.

I have lived all my life with my grandparents on Whidbey Island in Freeland on Holmes Harbor. I graduated college with my BA in Political Science from Western Washington University in 2014 and will obtain my MDiv when I complete seminary classes in Spring 2022.




Administrative Assistant

Sue Erickson

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My husband Ron and I moved from SE Alaska to Mount Vernon in 2013. One of my favorite songs, “Lord, You Have Come to the Lakeshore” really spoke to me at the time of our move because I didn’t know to what “other seas” what God was calling me. It seems that He was calling me to be the administrative assistant here at the Mount Vernon First United Methodist Church. I was the volunteer clerk of session and quasi secretary at the church in Alaska so I feel this position was meant for me.

Ron and I have 4 children, 10 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandkids. We love to travel and enjoy classical music. Other hobbies I enjoy are rubber stamping, knitting, gardening, spending time on the computer, and participating in bell choir, chancel choir, and playing the piano for early worship services.




 
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