Pastors and STAFF

Pastor Mike Janes - Lead Pastor

Mike Janes joined the staff at Ankeny First United Methodist on July 1, 2017. Prior to Ankeny, he served in Davenport for 10 years, Le Mars for 4 years, and in Muscatine for 7 years. Mike and his wife Jen, have two teenage children, Josh and Megan. In Mike’s free time, he is an avid runner and cross-country skier, a motorcyclist, and is a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.

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Pastor Angie Loomis - Outreach Pastor

Angie Loomis is our Outreach Pastor. She was appointed to Ankeny First on July 1, 2014 and started as our Administrative Pastor. Angie is an Ordained Elder in the Iowa Annual Conference. Born in Renwick, Iowa, Angie graduated from Westmar College with a degree in accounting. She then pursued a business career working for Greyhound Lines and Wells Fargo for 20 years. After hearing her call to ministry while a member at Valley UMC in West Des Moines, Angie attended Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City. She has served the Corydon Parish, the Manning United Methodist Church and the United Church of Manilla. 

Angie and her husband, Randy, have two adult daughters and four grandchildren.

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Pastor John Wagner - Campus Pastor - Christian Life Center

John Wagner first joined our staff in 2009 as the Site Director of the Christian Life Center, where he helped develop both worship and sports ministries unique to the CLC. In 2012, John was appointed to our congregation and he continues his ministry focus at the Christian Life Center where he serves as the Campus Pastor. John and his wife, Amity, have two young children, Gabe and Landry.

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Pastor Lewis Cox - Campus Pastor - Faith Chapel

Lewis Cox joined us as our campus pastor at Faith Chapel in 2019. He grew up Urbandale, IA where he was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church. He has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of ministry settings including Women at The Well, Religious Life Community at Simpson, Appalachia Service Project, Wesley Woods, and several others. In his free time, Lewis enjoys playing chess, being outdoors, and working on a school bus that he is transforming into a camper. Lewis is very excited about joining the community of Ankeny First.

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RHONDA ALESSIO - DIRECTOR OF DISCIPLESHIP

Rhonda Alessio joined the staff in January 2007 and has served as Program Staff Assistant, Membership Secretary, Administrative Specialist and now in her current position as Director of Discipleship. Rhonda oversees the Christian Care Cluster and the Discipleship Cluster helping people to move along the Discipleship Pathway, drawing new people to worship services, assisting them in connecting with small groups and mobilizing them for service as well as connecting people to the caring ministries they may need. Rhonda and her husband Joe live in South Des Moines.

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Dustin Buell - Director of Youth Ministry

Dustin joined our staff in 2019, partnering with parents to serve as our Director of Youth Ministry. Prior to moving to Ankeny, he worked in youth ministry in the Missouri United Methodist Conference for ten years, with the last eight as the Student Ministry Leader at the Chillicothe United Methodist Church.

Although born in Omaha, Dustin grew up just outside Kansas City in Liberty, Missouri as the son of an Ag teacher and a Children's Ministry Director. He is a graduate of Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, where he studied Christian Ministries and Secondary, Social Studies Education. Dustin is a lifelong Nebraska Cornhusker and Kansas City Royals fan, novice kayak fisherman, avid reader, and sports enthusiast.

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Jose Clavell - Director of Traditional Worship

Mr. José Clavell began his duties as Director of Traditional Worship for Ankeny First in the summer of 2018. Before his position at Ankeny, he was the Music Director for Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Urbandale, Iowa and a Spanish teacher to Beginner, Advanced, Native, Heritage, and Non-Native students at Des Moines Public Schools for three years. He currently sings with the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble.

Originally from Puerto Rico, José moved to the midwest in 2013 where he pursued his Master’s of Music in Choral Conducting at Western Illinois University (2015) and is a graduate of Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico (Ponce, Puerto Rico, 2012). José avid foodie and beginner blogger. He currently lives in Grimes, Iowa with his dog Moe the westiepoo.

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PAT CROWNOVER - DIRECTOR OF CHILDREN'S MINISTRY
Pat joined the staff at Ankeny First United Methodist Church in June, 2004. She previously served as Director of Christian Education in several United Methodist churches in the North Texas, Oklahoma, and Iowa Conferences. She received her undergraduate degree from Morningside College, Elementary & Middle School Education Degree and Certification from Dakota State University, and pursued a MTh Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. Pat has three children Michael, Kimberly, and Matthew.

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CINDY LORIUS - FINANCIAL ASSISTANT
Cindy Lorius joined us as our Financial Assistant in December 2016. She is a native of Southeastern Minnesota. She moved from Northeastern Iowa to Altoona in 2010. She is the proud mom of two daughters and a loving grandparent of four grandchildren. Cindy’s greatest joy comes from an ever growing and transforming relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. She has been a member of the United Methodist Church for most of her life. The majority of Cindy’s career life has been working in the financial industry. She has a huge passion for helping others. When not working, her favorite activities include anything outdoors and especially time with her Australian Shepherd “Shep”; spending time on the farm with her best friend, TJ and his family; and driving to Southeastern Minnesota to spoil her grandchildren. Cindy will tell you that there would be no better way to describe her life than “I am truly Blessed Beyond Measure.”

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CHARITY MCEVOY - DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
Charity joined the staff in July 2010 as our Communications Assistant, but the role has evolved into a full time position of Director of Communications. Charity's responsibilities include publishing our weekly bulletins, bi-monthly newsletter, and other print and electronic and social communication. Charity has a BA in Public Relations from UNI. She and her husband Clay live in Ankeny and have twin daughters, Lauren and Emma.

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MARCIE MULFORD - MINISTRY SUPPORT SPECIALIST AND EDUCATION ASSISTANT
Marcie joined the AFUMC team in September of 2012. Her main responsibilities include coordinating Sunday School, CLC scheduling, Arena support, and sports ministry support. Marcie graduated from Northwest Missouri State with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. She and her husband, Jason, live in Ankeny and have four children, Kyle, Tara, Autumn, and Ella.

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BRENDA SCHILLING - BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR

Brenda joined the staff in April 2020. She has worked with nonprofits since 2002, most recently spending the last eight years as the CFO for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Iowa. Her undergraduate degree is in accounting from Wartburg College. Brenda completed her MBA degree in 2018 with Liberty University. Brenda, her husband, Mark, and son, Mitch, have lived in Ankeny since 2005. Brenda enjoys warm sunshiny days, coffee time with close friends, time spent in her kitchen, and overall personal wellness and fitness.

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AMITY WAGNER - DIRECTOR OF CONTEMPORARY WORSHIP

Amity joined the staff at Ankeny First in 2015. As Director of Worship, her responsibilities include planning contemporary worship across our worship sites and directing the Children's Music Ministry. Amity has been leading worship at Ankeny First since she began attending the church in 2002. She has a degree in music education and music therapy from Wartburg College. Amity is married to Pastor John Wagner, and they have two children, Gabe and Landry.

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Ankeny First United Methodist Church
206 SW Walnut Ankeny, Iowa 50023
515-964-4249