Our Team
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Rev. Dr. Jim Farrer

Title: Senior Pastor

Email: jim@auburnumc.church

Pastor Jim has many responsibilities as Senior Pastor. He preaches, leads worship, is the spiritual leader, and helps guide the congregation in following God’s vision. Jim loves to teach and work on local mission and ministry projects. One... Read More...


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Rev Grant Merrell

Title: Associate Pastor

Email: grant@auburnumc.church

Pastor Grant serves First Church through pastoral care, community outreach and involvement, discipleship, and other things.  He graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Missions focusing on International and Community... Read More...


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Tim Miller

Title: Worship Arts Director

Email: tim@auburnumc.church

Timothy Miller has served at First Church since June of 2014.  An athlete all the way through high school,  Tim's passion for music began in college and has been leading worship in churches ever since.  He graduated from Mount... Read More...


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Sara Miller

Title: Director of Family Engagement

Email: sara@auburnumc.church

Sara was born and raised in Louisville, KY.  She is a recent graduate at Indiana Wesleyan University, with a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. Sara is passionate about true transformation in the lives of students and their vital... Read More...


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Tammy Althouse

Title: Director of Connecting Ministries

Email: tammy@auburnumc.church

Tammy grew up in Garrett and has lived in Auburn for 30 years. She has been a congregation member for over 20 years and knows everyone which makes her perfect for meeting new guests and getting them connected. As an active community member, she is... Read More...


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Pat Kobiela

Title: Financial Secretary

Email: pat@auburnumc.church

Pat has been a church member for close to 30 years and a church employee for 18 years. She makes sure that the day-to-day operation of the church runs smoothly. She coordinates the financial end of the church. Pat lives in Auburn with her husband,... Read More...


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Lindsey Miller

Title: Communications

Email: lindsey@auburnumc.church

Lindsey was born and raised in Millersburg, OH. She moved to Plain City, OH in 2009 to attend Rosedale Bible College where she met her husband Tim during his first... Read More...


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Cathy Vadney

Title: Ministry Assistant

Email: cathy@auburnumc.church

Cathy is one of our office assistants, handling the family data base entry, attendance, congregational care, support to staff, and miscellaneous projects for several years. She is married to Michael and they have 3 children; Christopher; William,... Read More...


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Jane Brager

Title: Organist

Email: jane@auburnumc.church

Jane Brager serves as our staff organist/pianist/accompanist. She brings many years of experience after having served in numerous churches throughout the Fort Wayne area, beginning at the age of fifteen. Jane received her Bachelor of Music degree... Read More...


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Rev. J. Wilbur Yates

Title: Pastor Emeritus

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Bill Kobiela

Title: Supervisor of Building & Grounds

Bill is responsible for maintaining the church building and grounds. He is retired from Zollner Corporation after 38 years of service, and has worked at First Church since 2003. He has been married to Sandy for 52 years and has two daughters,... Read More...

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Dylan Nash

Title: Night Custodian