Reverend Cindy Hickman

Reverend Cindy Hickman

Senior Pastor

Pastor Cindy Hickman grew up in Iowa.  Her professional career has included 17 years of teaching and several years as a fundraiser for the non-profit world. She and her husband, Dave, joined West Des Moines United Methodist Church in 1992 and were very active in adult education classes.  In 2003 Cindy felt a call to ministry.  She earned her Master of Divinity degree from St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. 

From 2003 – 2008 Pastor Cindy served as a student pastor and subsequently as Associate Pastor at West Des Moines United Methodist.  From 2008 – 2016 Cindy served two churches in the Des Moines area.  After a one-year sabbatical for a personal reflection project, Cindy is now the pastor at West Des Moines United Methodist.

Pastor Cindy and Dave enjoy reading, travel, and spending time with their two daughters, two sons-in-law, and one granddaughter.

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Rachel Olson

Rachel Olson

Director of Administration/ Business Manager

My position oversees many of the day-to-day operations of the church in the areas of administration, communications, finance, and church facilities.

I am originally from Storm Lake, Iowa and currently lives in Waukee with her husband, Matt and four children (Sierra, Savanna, Jayden, and Jozlynn). She enjoys spending time with her family and outdoors (during the summer).  I keep busy with my four children. Sierra is a gymnast at Chow’s Gymnastics and travels to competitions; Savanna is a dancer at Dance-a-Cross and competes.  Jayden has just started sports and plays basketball and baseball.  Jozlynn is too young for sports, thankfully 🙂  As a family, we enjoy helping at church functions and Meals from the Heartland, walking trails at local parks and visiting extended family. 

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Morganne Reinboldt

Morganne Reinboldt

Director of Discipleship and Christian Education

Morganne Reinboldt is a native of Lisbon, Iowa where her family owns a small horse farm. She gained a passion for horses and ministry and used her skills to serve as the Ranch Camp Coordinator at Ewalu Bible Camp while she was a student. Her passion for ministry led her to pursue studies in Religion at the University of Northern Iowa.

A 2018 graduate, Morganne received her B.A. degree in Religion from the University of Northern Iowa. While at UNI, Morganne participated in an internship with Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, and volunteered with the organization EMBARC, mentoring refugees. Morganne enjoys making music, spending time with horses, and volunteering within the community.

Serving as the Director of Discipleship and Christian Education, Morganne will work with leaders within the congregation to initiate, coordinate, and evaluate a variety of discipleship and Christian Education activities for all ages. She will interact with members of the church, and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to continue to learn and grow on their faith journey. Morganne is excited to work with the congregation and grow alongside such a strong and loving faith community.

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Susie Holman

Susie Holman

Director of Music Ministries

Susie comes to us with lots of experience in leading music in churches. She holds an MA in Musicology from the University of Hawaii. She has lead choral groups literally around the world, from Colorado to Hawaii to Saudi Arabia. She also has an CTEFL from Via Lingua, in Florence, Italy and teaches English-language learners in the Des Moines area. She is looking forward to meeting the many musicians at WDMUMC.


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Dan Hanze

Dan Hanze


Dan Hanze grew up in Swedesburg, Iowa, playing the organ for the local church from a very young age. He attended Drake University majoring in Piano Pedagogy and with a minor in Organ. He has served as pianist, organist, worship leader, and choir director throughout his career in addition to teaching private music lessons.

Dan is married with two adult children.



Angela Rothfus

Angela Rothfus

Administrative Assistant

Angela is a lifelong Iowan. She has lived in the Des Moines area for the last 15 years.

When Angela is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her children and having engaging conversations with friends. She is curious about life and loves to read. Preferred topics are spirituality, pastoral care, theology, psychology, and counseling. She cherishes opportunities to support others through a smile, a listening ear, or a hug.

At WDMUMC Angela is in charge of printing the bulletins and the Link Newsletter, answering phones, and helping out wherever needed. She believes deeply in sharing the love, compassion, and mercy of Christ with our world. She is happy to be partnering with the great people of WDMUMC!

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Nancy Setchell

Nancy Setchell

Director of Preschool & PMO

I was born in St. Louis, MO, but have lived in the Des Moines area for over 40 years. I am married to Brian and have three children and one son-in-law. They are Cristi Setchell, Nate Setchell, Alli and Matt Costello.

I have served as the Director of Parents’ Morning Out (PMO) since May 1990 and as Director of Preschool since August 1999. Our preschool partners with the West Des Moines Community Schools and offers the Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program for 4-5-year-old children. My duties include overseeing the operation of both programs. The favorite part of my job is the people. I love the families—parents and children. We have a great staff with which to work.

I have a B.S. Degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in exceptional children from Iowa State University. I enjoy playing golf, spending time with family and singing. My passion is to help others, especially people in need.

My favorite scripture is Romans 8:31, “ What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

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Linda Plummer

Linda Plummer

Ministry Assistant for Congregational Care

I see God at work every day: In the people I meet, in random songs, I hear on the radio, in nature. God isn’t somewhere “out there” . . .  he is here, with us, in the form of the Holy Spirit. He is speaking to me constantly . . . if I will only be silent long enough to hear him.

My husband, Pat, is a retired accountant. We I have three wonderful children who grew up in WDMUMC. Adam teaches math and computer technology at Adel High School. He is married to Kelly, who teaches preschool at the Science Center of Iowa. Emily lives in Urbandale and works for A-Tech – a company that does energy audits and energy rebates. Mike is in Omaha working for Lockheed Martin as a computer engineer.

A favorite scripture is Colossians 3:12-15 – “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.” (NLT)

I think this scripture provides a good model for how Christ wants us to live. It stresses love, grace, and gratitude.

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Tonia Mateer

Tonia Mateer

Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, I process weekly contributions, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll, Monthly Financials and Reports, and Reconcile Accounts.

Tonia earned her B.A. degree in accounting from Simpson College and comes to us with a diverse accounting background. Prior to joining the staff at West Des Moines United Methodist, she worked at Marsh and McLennan as a Financial Analyst. A resident of Osceola, Tonia lives with her husband on an acreage where they share space with four Teacup Poodles. In her spare time, Tonia most enjoys motorcycle riding, watching the wildlife in her yard, and being with family. 

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Donna and Larry Johnson

Donna and Larry Johnson

Volunteer Membership Directors

As you might guess, this position is responsible for maintaining the membership records of the church. When people join our congregation, their names and information they provide are entered into the permanent membership records of the church. As family units change, those changes are also noted in the records. Births, deaths, marriages, membership transfers, etc. all become a part of their membership record. We also follow up with members when they move, change address or phone numbers, or place of worship. It is really helpful when members notify us of changes. This can be done via email or a phone call to the office. Thank you in advance for helping us to keep your information current.

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Robert Bayse

Robert Bayse

Building Superintendent

I started working for WDMUMC in April 2008 after being employed by Power Cleaner of Des Moines for several years. I enjoy the challenge of overseeing the maintenance of our large facility and grounds.

I am married to Laura,  and we have a daughter Abigayle.

I found this scripture on an index card when I started here. My guess is that it came from Gary Padgett (one of our former superintendents).  I never took it off the bulletin board I found it on. It is a scripture that puts my head in the right place.

Isaiah 46:3-4
“Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all you who remain of the house of Israel, you whom I have upheld since you were conceived, and have carried since your birth. Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am He, I am He who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”

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 Bob Jackson

Bob Jackson


Bob serves as part-time custodian. He enjoys meeting people on the job. Bob is married. His hobbies include movies and bowling. Bob’s favorite dessert is cherry pie, and if he could travel anywhere in the world it would be to Europe because he loves history.

Bob’s favorite Bible passage is Psalm 23, “The Lord is my shepherd….”