WHO WE ARE
Platteville United Methodist Church is made up of singles, couples and families: children and teens, and young, middle and older adults. Some of us have been members for 60 years. Others are new to our community. We would love to welcome you to our church family as well! Hope to see you soon!
Reverend Brenda Whitford has been the pastor at Platteville United Methodist Church since January of 2011. Her passion is to help people come to know the deep love that God has for them, to help them grow to become more like Jesus, and to help them reach out to the community in faith. She is thrilled to be able to be in ministry with a congregation that loves God, is growing in love of one another, and is committed to making a difference in the world in the name of Jesus Christ! Pastor Brenda is an ordained Elder in full connection in the United Methodist Church. Her Master of Divinity Degree is from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. Pastor Brenda previously served Centenary United Methodist Church in Shullsburg, WI. Before becoming a pastor, Brenda taught 5th & 6th grades in Beloit, WI and 4-year-old preschool in Janesville, WI. Brenda loves music, and especially loves to sing and dabble on the piano. Brenda’s husband Dan is a licensed local pastor serving the Blue River and Avoca churches. Their daughter Elizabeth is also a pastor serving First UMC of Appleton. Their son and daughter-in-law make a difference in the lives of people outside the church. They have one granddaughter.
Communications Specialist/Administrative Assistant
April is the friendly smile you see when you walk in to the church during the week or the friendly voice you hear when you call the office. She loves being able to work daily with the amazing staff and wonderful congregation members. When she is not working, she is spending time (and wedding planning) with her fiance, Tucker. She also enjoys spending time with family, and friends, reading, watching movies or cuddling with their mini-dachshund, Flynn.
Director of Children, Youth and Young Adult Ministries
You may have seen Dustin around this past year, particularly on Wednesday nights as he has been leading the 7th – 12th Grade Youth Group. For those of who have been long time members, you may have recognized him as occasionally being around over the past 10 – 15 years. His wife Gail, has been a member at this church since she was as young as their two daughters, Zea and Felicity. As Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries at Platteville UMC, his main job to help help raise leaders within the church.
Lori Dye is our new Finance Manager. She is originally from Lancaster. She graduated from UW-Platteville in 2003 and after four years of living in St. Louis, MO, her family settled in Platteville and are happy to call it their home. She and her husband, Jeff, are blessed with four wonderful daughters, who keep their schedules very full. Lori views her most important job as being a mom and wife, raising their daughters and supporting her husband with his practice at Live Well Chiropractic.
Housekeeping/Event Planning/Outreach Coordinator
Tracy’s primary focus is cleaning the building. Tracy (Mair) Harle is a lifelong member of the Platteville United Methodist Church. She is married to Mark and has two children: Leah and James. Tracy is also in charge of Event Planning and she is our Outreach Coordinator. She loves being able to plan events that helps reach into the community and share the love of Jesus!
John is our go-to fix-it guy! He has been an incredible addition to our staff. John is a retired police officer, who lives in Belmont with his wife, Irma. You need something done, John is your guy!
Sunday School Superintendent
Ellen and her husband, Dave joined the Platteville United Methodist Church in 1979, and they have both been involved in many activities and committees since then. She has been teaching Sunday School at the preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade level for 37 years. In 1982, Gail Trouten called to ask Ellen to teach the preschool class….she was a teacher who at that time had only taught 3rd and 4th grades. She told Gail she didn’t know anything about preschoolers! Gail assured her that, since she had a 2-year-old of her own, she did indeed know about that age group. That phone call changed her life! Ellen found that working with young children was her life mission, and she has thoroughly enjoyed interacting with young students in Sunday School classes and VBS programs ever since. She now has the children of some of her first Sunday School students in her classes! Since 2011, she has been acting as the Sunday School Superintendent for our Church.
Nancy Fairchild has been our organist since 1982. As the story goes, she was ‘stolen’ from the Lancaster United Methodist Church where she had served as their organist for only 7 years. Nancy is a retired instrumental music teacher who is busier in music now more than ever. In addition, she taught Elementary Music Methods courses at the University of Wisconsin Platteville from 2000-2016. Besides music, she enjoys traveling, swimming, training for triathlons and spending time with her family, husband, and her grandchildren.
Mallow Ringers Director
Deb has been an active member of the United Methodist Church for 41 years. She graduated
from UW-Platteville with a music education degree and was hired in 1978 by Rev. Richard Jones to organize two hand bell choirs—Junior and Senior. She has been director of the hand bell choirs for over 40 plus years. In the 1990s, several high school hand bell choirs were formed and participated at the District and State levels of Solo & Ensemble contests. The Mallow Ringers have been to two national hand bell festivals, have played at weddings and funerals, performed many concerts and participated in numerous worship services in area churches.
Dean was a member of the Contemporary Praise Band for over 7 years at Platteville UMC and now leads the youth praise band Redeemer as they approach their 10th year. Dean enjoys giving youth an opportunity to serve the church in a fun and unique way that utilizes their talents and helps them grow into great young adults. For nearly 20 years, Dean has worked at Lifeline Audio Video Technologies in Platteville, now as the Operations Manager. Some may not know that Dean also has been a voice on local radio for over 30 years in southwest Wisconsin.