CONTACTS


  • Troy Merseal

    Pastor

    Troy comes to First Washington from SunRise UMC in O Fallon and Wright City.  Troy has been in ministry for 8 years and served as youth pastor and campus pastor for SunRise.  He is married to Catherine and they have 2 daughters, Megan and Faith.

    His "why" is to walk along-side people regardless of where they are in their spiritual journey.

    Some of his favorites are:


    hobby- traveling (especially to coastal beaches)

    teams- St Louis Cardinals and Blues

    song on the radio- "Have It All"- Jason Mraz

    band- Def Leppard

    athletes- Skip Schumaker and Terry Yake

    actor/actress- Kevin Hart & Jennifer Aniston

    passage of scripture- Matthew 6:25-34


    Troy is currently working on getting to know people in the Washington community and is looking forward to what God has in store for this church and this community.  



  • Diana Annable

    administrative assistant

    Diana has been with First Washington for many years and is the friendly face you will see on weekday mornings when entering First Washington or she may be answering the phone when you arrive, but she will be ready to welcome you here. Her duties go way beyond that but "putting you first" is her main passion.  She is married to Paul and has 2 daughters, Dana and Crystal, 2 son in laws, Adam and Ed and 2 granddaughters, Ellie and Audrey.

    Here are her favorite things:
    Favorite hobby: Playing Scrabble on her IPad, listening to books on CD (mostly murder mysteries/psychological thrillers) and watching police shows on TV
    Favorite song: Anything by Ed Sheeran.  Also enjoys classics from Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Kansas, and Eric Clapton
    Favorite passage of scripture: Phillippians 4:6-7


  • CARLA CAMPBELL

    CARE  COORDINATOR

    Carla is very active in the Prayer and Care ministry and currently leads both groups.  The care and prayer team is responsible for just that, praying for those requests that are lifted up and visiting those in hospitals, shut ins, or those in crisis need.  If you need prayer or care in our community, please contact Carla.


    Carla is married to Curt and has 3 children, Krystal, Jason, and Justin and 1 grandchild, Hunter.  Here are some of her favorites:


    Favorite hobby: Reading

    Favorite athlete or entertainer: Any St Louis team- Cardinals and Blues

    Her favorite passage of scripture is: Psalm 100

  • CINDY LOHMEYER

    MISSIONS COMMUNICATION

    Cindy has been on many work camps and enjoys cooking and mission work. She is married to Dale. She has 3 children, Andy, Ben, and Maggie.

    Her "why" is to research and communicate opportunities for all ages to serve in the mission of the church in our local and global community. 


    Some of her favorites are:

    hobby- cooking and entertaining

    song on the radio- "Summer Fever" by Little Big Town

    passage of scripture- Phillippians 4:13


    She is already busy scheduling for the fall and spring of 2019 as to where we are going to be in mission.  If you would like to contact Cindy about scheduling a mission project we may be able to do for you or your community or if you would like to use our building for a place to stay while on mission in our area.


  • BEN LOHMEYER

    MISSIONS COORDINATOR

    Ben has been a member of First Washington for a long time and missions have always been his "sweet spot".  He now leads the missions team here at First Washington.  He will be working closely with local and regional missions and leading groups into the mission field.  If you are interested in doing mission work, please contact Ben.  Ben is married to Andrea and they have 3 children Eva, Oliver, and Jovie.


  • ED DUGGER

    WORSHIP ARTS DIRECTOR

    Ed is originally from St. Louis and now lives in Union with his wife Crystal. He has attended First Washington since 2013 and has been playing bass in the church band since 2014. His passion is worship with music.


    hobby- playing music and building stuff

    song on the radio- "Red Cold River"- Breaking Benjamin

    favorite band- Rush

    athelete- Jim Edmonds

    passage of scripture- Psalm 27




  • CHESTER CANNON

    MEDIA COORDINATOR

    If you turn around during service and see the top of a head above a computer screen, that's Chester running media. Computers are his passion (to quote Adrian Monk "It's a blessing...and a curse"). He is blessed with two wonderful daughters, Erin and Alison (although she insists it's Allie). Chester has been at FWUMC since the previous century (1985).


    These are a few of his favorite things:


    hobby- collecting music/movies/old radio programs

    song on the radio- better find an oldies station

    favorite entertainer- Harry Nilsson/Michael Nesmith (yeah, he's old)

    passage of scripture- Luke 10:27

  • ANDREA LOHMEYER

    CHILDREN'S MINISTRY CURRICULUM

    Andrea is married to the angelically- voiced Ben Lohmeyer.  Together they have three children, Eva, Oliver, and Jovie.  Andrea has attended First Washington for 16 years and she loves developing curriculum and messages for children.  If you come to First Washington, there is a chance you will see her each Sunday delivering the children's message.


    Some of her favorites are:

    Hobby- Enjoy artsy past times, drawing, painting, dancing, knitting, and a variety of crafts

    Song playing on the radio now- Run Devil Run by David Crowder or anything Imagine Dragons

    Favorite athlete or entertainer- Loves any musical, theatrical or movie made

  • MOLLY HANIFY

    CHILDREN'S & NURSERY SCHEDULER

    Hello! My name is Molly Hanify and I am the Nursery & Children's Ministry Scheduler. My husband Ryan and I have been attending FWUMC for about four years now. At First Washington it is my job to coordinate and schedule volunteers who are serving in the nursery and Sunday school classrooms. I am your go-to gal for getting on the schedule as a new volunteer or assisting you if you need to switch your weekend with someone else. In my spare time I love to spend time with family, exercise or read. I love listening to country radio. The scripture that really inspires me is Phillippians 4:6, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done." I look forward to serving along side you in fostering lasting relationships with Jesus in our children's hearts and lives at First Washington! 

  • MICHAEL SMITH

    YOUTH LEADER

    Michael has a great history with youth groups and has attended several Methodist conferences on youth activities and leadership. He has led several youth small groups and loves discussing life situations for youth while bridging current situations with Biblical lessons and applications.  Above all else, he enjoys letting kids to be kids and having fun!.  Mike has recently started attending First Washington and will be the high school youth director (grades 9-12).  If you are in high school, this would be a great opportunity to learn and fellowship.  He is also asking for adults to help grow this ministry with him.  Michael is an Air Force Veteran and is also a registered nurse with a Master's degree in Business Administration and specializes in quality and patient safety.


    Mike has been married to Jennifer for 25 years and they have 3 children, Ashlyn, Megan, and Jaxon. 



    His favorite things are:
    Hobby: Video games- From Pac man to FortNite
    Song on the radio- Anything from No Doubt or the soundtrack from Rocky
    Entertainer: Louie Anderson
    Passage of scripture: Genesis 1:1

    Questions? You can call Mike at 406.696.0094 or use the email link next to his name above.





  • JENNIFER SMITH

    YOUTH COMMUNICATIONS

    Jennifer is wonderful at communication and is now the communications coordinator for youth at First Washington.  She keeps Michael under control so if she can do that, she can do anything! That would be sarcasm of course. She is married to Michael and has 3 children Ashlyn 22 (married to Blake), Megan 19 and attending Southeast MO State, and Jaxon 17. Jennifer is a registered nurse and substitute teacher.  She has a passion for working with youth programs. She is a current cancer survivor. She has been active as a Girl Scout leader, a youth and High School cheerleading coach and a volunteer in the community.

    Her favorites are:
    Hobby: Spending time with family, vacationing, and anything her children are involved in.
    Song: I Can Only Imagine- Mercy Me
    Passage of scripture: Phillippians 4:13