Meet Our Staff

Tom Towns

Pastor
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Pastor Tom Towns is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he studied ancient Middle Eastern languages and history, and Eden Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master of Divinity.  Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Tom was raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  As an Inpatient Psychiatric Registered Nurse, to earn funding for his Masters degrees, Tom worked for almost 30 years in University Hospitals in St. Louis, Baltimore, and Salt Lake City, caring for the acutely mentally ill.  He comes to Estes Park from Cortez, Colorado in the Four Corners area and Mesa Verde.

Jessica Collins

Administrative Assistant
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Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Degree from the University of Wyoming, and is originally from the small town of Kaycee, Wyoming.  Since 9/11, she has been working in Organizational Management, with companies who are primarily focused on humanitarian efforts.  Currently, she is working toward her PhD in Nutrition, and hopes to teach in the future.  She enjoys studying and reading, spending time outside, traveling and playing music.

Jessica is grateful to be a part of this remarkable Methodist congregation!

Open Position!

Music Director

The Coordinator of Music Ministries and Choir Director reports directly to the Staff Parish Relations Committee.  This person is responsible for assisting the Pastor in making each worship service a meaningful experience and is responsible for the performance and growth of the choral music program. Additionally, he or she is responsible for assisting with building security during their working time by locking all doors and windows prior to leaving the building.  The position requires that the individual be mature, well organized, self-motivated, and a team leader.  This part-time position is without benefits.  If you’d like more information, please contact the church office at (970) 586-4153.

Responsibilities:

  • Originate, organize and perform both secular and sacred music programs using all facilities of the church, subject only to the approval of the Pastor
  • Act as the Year Round Music Coordinator, specific duties include:
    • Coordinate and lead the Music Worship Ministry Team including the Bell Choir Director, Organist and Pianist/Accompanist and approve and schedule any special music selections featuring vocal or instrumental soloists or ensembles.
    • Provide substitute Pianist/Accompanist when needed
    • Approve and schedule special music on Sundays when the Adult Choir or Bell Choir does not provide music for the Worship Service.
    • Work with the Board of Trustees in granting permission to use, move, or borrow musical instruments belonging to the church.
    • Schedule tuning and repair of musical instruments as needed and obtain necessary approvals.
    • Prepare monthly time sheets for payments to Music Ministry Staff.
  • Develops and implements opportunities and encouragement to all members of the Christian family to be a part of the music ministry of the Church.
  • Maintains a Church choral music library and recommends purchases for same, which are included in the budget of the Worship Ministry Committee.
  • Oversees setup of musical components in the sanctuary or fellowship hall for all worship services and/or functions, ensuring materials and equipment (music, chairs, music stands and instruments, sound system) are available.
  • Evaluates the Organist and Pianist/Accompanist job performances and provides recommendations on them to the Pastor and SPRC.
  • Works with Finance and SPRC to prepare an annual Music budget after review with the Worship team and the Pastor.

 

Linda Bowie

Bell Choir Director

Linda was born and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey, and attended High Point College, now High Point University and obtained her degree in Music with a minor in Education.  She taught Jr. High School Music for one year and then started a family.  She served as the accompanist for the choir at the Estes Park Elementary School for 5 years and has served as our church’s Bell Choir Director for the last 10 years.

Linda has three children: Stephen in Longmont with new grandson Wilde; Darren and James live in Estes Park.  Pastimes include work, work, and work!! When there’s time, Linda loves music, reading, playing pool, knitting and crocheting, and driving her ’79 VW convertible! She is also trying to renew her interest in golf and bowling as well as playing the guitar.

Nancy Gunter

Accompanist

Nancy grew up in Windsor, CO obtaining her degree from Colorado State College (now University of Northern Colorado) in Foods & Nutrition.  Nancy worked for Kodak Colorado for seven years until she had her first child and then she stayed home and raised her family.

Her daughter Jill and family are in Fort Collins and son Russ and wife are in Windsor.  After they left home, Nancy worked for a CPA and temped at Kodak briefly.

At the Windsor United Methodist Church, Nancy played duets with the organist and substituted for her as needed.  Nancy likes to hike, read and she is part of the Trail Ridge Quilters who raise money for the Estes Park Medical Center.

June Gamet

Organist

June Gamet has been a resident of Estes park since 2001, and has been a keyboard musician all her life.  She attended Graceland University where she received formal musical training, as well as the Independence School of Nursing, where she received her RN.  She has continued her organ study in four states.  She has served as principal organist for Lutheran, Catholic, Methodist, and Episcopal churches in Colorado and Louisiana, and has performed organ recitals in California, Louisiana, and Colorado.  She has accompanied many church choirs during her career, as well as school and community musical theater.  June is a member of the American Guild of Organists, earning her Service Playing certification in 2007.  She is currently the rehearsal and performance accompanist for the Mountain Men Chorus in Estes Park, as well as the Estes Valley Chamber Singers for the 2017 summer schedule.  She enjoys playing church services for both the United Methodist Church of Estes Park and the Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies.

Sergio Conejo

Maintenance

Serigo Aguilera Conejo was born in Guanajuato, Mexico, and attended high school in Salamanca, Mexico.  Sergio came to Estes Park in 1993, fell in love with the scenery, and has been a year-round resident ever since.  Sergio has a son, Jesse who loves school.  They enjoy going to the movies and traveling together.