Reverend Cindy Hickman
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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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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Ministry Assistant for Christian Education
I come to WDMUMC with a background of diverse ministry experiences. I graduated from The University of Northwestern, St. Paul with a degree in Children and Family Ministries. Over the past decade, I have spent many summers working as a counselor at church camps. I have worked in three different churches with the children, youth, and family ministry programs. I also taught preschool for several years.
I am originally from Minnesota and was raised in the Methodist Church, as my dad is a United Methodist Pastor. I relocated to Iowa after marrying my husband Ryan. He is originally from Ankeny, but now we live in West Des Moines, where he works as the City Clerk. We have a two-year-old son, Dane, who keeps us plenty busy at home.
I’m looking forward to bringing my gifts and talents to serve the congregation of this church. Thank you for giving me the chance to be a part of this church family.
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Director of Music Ministries
Tom Sletto is our Director of Music Ministries, serving the congregation by leading and/or supporting all vocal choirs, bell choirs, and the praise team. He is the Assistant Professor of Music Education at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
His wife Barbara Sletto, is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Heartland Youth Choir, which encompasses over 150 singers ages 6 to 18. Tom feels a deep calling to always be a part of the music ministry in a church. Since his musical abilities were a gift of God, he has always felt the need to serve in any capacity that God has called him into. Worship and fellowship have always been a part of his life since a child.
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.
I’m a lifelong Iowan. I was born and raised in Osceola. I moved to Des Moines when my husband and I were married in 2002. We now live in Carlisle.
My husband and I have three children. Our sons (Christian and Joel) are 12 and 10. Our daughter (Natalie) is 8. Our boys enjoy chess, art, reading, and computers. Our daughter loves reading, playing the piano, and doing crafts. My husband is a mail carrier and enjoys reading in his free time. I love reading, too. My favorite topics include spirituality, pastoral care, theology, psychology, and counseling. I also have a particular interest in end-of-life issues.
I have run a business from my home for the past 15 years and was a stay-at-home mom until a year ago. I completed my Bachelor’s in Psychology at Grand View University in 2017. I plan to go to graduate school for counseling or social work in the next year or two. I cherish opportunities to support others through a smile, a listening ear, or a hug.
I started here at WDMUMC in January of 2018. I am in charge of printing the bulletins and the Link, answering phones, and helping out wherever I am needed. I believe deeply in sharing the love, compassion, and mercy of Christ with our world. I am happy to be partnering with the great people of WDMUMC!
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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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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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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
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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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.
“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 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….”