Collegiate United Methodist Church and Wesley Foundation
515-292-6936


Rev. Kay Hooper

Kay Hooper

(Ext. 113)
kay@cwames.org
Senior Pastor / Director of Wesley Foundation

Pastor Kay is “single with dog.” Noel is her name. She thinks she is the ‘first’ Noel, but she is not,  as Kay has had another dog named Noel. Please don’t tell. Kay has family in Minneapolis, Melcher­Dallas, Des Moines, Indianola, and Ackley. Raised in Indianola, she had an eclectic high school career that included music, drama and speech; volleyball and tennis; and she was honored to be Homecoming   Queen and Sr. class president. After graduating from Iowa  Wesleyan College with a triple major in  religion, philosophy and recreation, she attended Duke Divinity School, receiving her Master  of Divinity in 1983. She has served churches all across the Iowa Annual Conference and enjoys offering her unique gifts to that beautiful faith community called Collegiate/Wesley.

Jim Shirbroun

Jim Shirbroun

(Ext. 116; 231-9621)
jim@cwames.org
Pastor of Community Care

Jim is the spouse of one (Beverly), the parent of three (Mark, Greg and David) and the parent-in-law of one (Jenny). He’s been campus pastor here since 1996 and his love of working with students has only increased. Jim received his Bachelor’s degree (in Animal Science and Ag. Journalism) from Iowa State “way back in 1980” and graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in 1985 with a Masters of Divinity. Jim has collected and been researching antique horse bridle bits since he was a teenager and has one in his collection which is 3,000 years old. He claims his collection is biblical, citing James 1:26 and 3:3.

Lisa Larson

Lisa Steel

(Ext. 115)
lisa@cwames.org
Assistant in University Student Ministries

As the Assistant in University Student Ministries, Lisa works with students to plan studies, volunteer opportunities, events and more to help college students find their path and share their journey. One of Lisa’s favorite events is Study Buddies, a weekly program where we provide homework help for the kids from the local homeless shelter. Lisa is a graduate of Iowa State University, a Wesley Foundation alumnus, and also works at the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Jackson Griffith

Jackson Griffith

jackson@cwames.org
Campus Ministry Intern

Jackson is thrilled to have one of the best jobs here at Collegiate/Wesley – hanging out with college students! Along with Lisa, Jackson leads events at the Wesley Foundation Student Center which focus on worship, volunteer service, discovery (of yourself and God), and just having fun. He is a 2016 graduate of Iowa State in Environmental Science (with a minor in Music), and loves to think about how the world works. Jackson enjoys spending his spare time participating in all manner of sports and outdoor adventures. If you ever have any questions or want to get involved, please feel free to reach out!

Tim Gossett

Tim Gossett

(Ext. 135)
tim@cwames.org
Director of Discipleship

Tim coordinates many aspects of our ministry, especially volunteer recruitment/training. In addition, he cares for the technology needs of the church, assists with marketing projects, and helps newcomers to find their “home” at Collegiate/Wesley. Tim is a graduate of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH and has numerous published books and articles to his credit in Christian education and youth ministry fields. He’s married to Kathryn and has a young son, Finn, who keeps him very busy when Tim’s not at work. Were he to have more free time, he’d likely spend it working on his ancient biblical coin collection or going on long-distance cycling rides.

David Orth

David Orth

(515-451-6033)
david@cwames.org
Director of Generosity

In his role as Director of Generosity, David is helping Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation secure its long-term financial future. His various duties include Major and Deferred Giving directed to Wesley Foundation, Collegiate United Methodist Church, and CUMC/WF Endowment Fund, as well as cultivating additional gift opportunities and providing educational seminars in a variety of financial topics. David has been a member of CUMC-WF for about 30 years. He and his wife Bonnie were married at CUMC-WF. They are the proud parents of two children: William and Elizabeth.

Natalie Rekemeyer

Natalie Rekemeyer

(Ext. 110)
natalie@cwames.org
Administrative Assistant

Natalie Rekemeyer, Administrative Assistant, has been a member of our church since 1989. Natalie handles everything from newsletter production to room reservations. She lives in west Ames with her husband, Dan. She has two adult children, one at college. Her daughter lives in Chicago and her son is an ISU student. They share their home with 2 dogs and 2 cats. She enjoys cycling, cooking, baking, walking in the woods, reading and being with friends. She focuses most of her time on her family. She says her life is all about family and friends and enjoys having people for dinner, and laughter abounds when they gather around the table.

Sue Griffith

Sue Griffith

(Ext. 111)
sue@cwames.org
Administrative Coordinator

As Administrative Coordinator, Sue pays the bills and receives the contributions for Collegiate United Methodist Church/Wesley Foundation. She enjoys recording the information on the Connection Cards. Be sure to let her know if your contact information changes! Although new to this role in 2016, Sue came to Ames and the CUMC/WF congregation in 1985 after graduating from Drake University and marrying her Cyclone, Randy. They have two adult children, Jackson and Mariah, who are both Cyclones. When she isn’t singing in choir or playing in bell choir, Sue enjoys biking, kayaking, modern dance and her shelter kitties.

Larry Stevenson

Larry Stevenson

larry@cwames.org
Building Superintendent

Larry ensures that our floors are shiny (and if you’ve been here, you know they are), rooms are set up, broken things get fixed, and much, much more. He and his wife Sandy have been married for 40+ years and have two daughters (Jennifer is an Army pilot and is currently working on a post-graduate degree; Jessica is a horse trainer and riding instructor at Moffitt Lake Equestrian Farms.) Larry was a HyVee store Director for many years before starting Battery Patrol (now Interstate All Battery Center) in Ames. In his spare time, he enjoys motorcycles, jet skis, boating and any outdoor activities.

Carl Bleyle

Carl Bleyle

(Ext. 110 – leave a message with Natalie)
carl@cwames.org
Chancel Choir Director / Organist

Carl joined the Collegiate/Wesley staff in 1962 as organist upon his appointment to the Iowa State University Music Faculty. He previously had taught at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland. In 1967 he became organist/chancel choir director. Since 1967 Carl has been director of Musica Antiqua, a professional group that performs vocal and instrumental music of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Since 1969 Musica Antiqua has received continuous concert support from the Iowa Department of Cultural affairs (formerly the Iowa Arts Council). Several of Musica Antiqua’s performers are members of Collegiate/Wesley. From 1998 to 2010 Carl and his wife, Patricia co-directed ISU’s Summer and Fall Semester Programs in Florence, Italy. He became Professor Emeritus from Iowa State on his retirement in 2002 and enjoys yard work and teaching his grandchildren about the Italian Renaissance and Greek Mythology. His long tenure at CUMC/WF could be described either as stability or stagnation.

Dee Dreeszen

Dee Dreeszen

(Ext. 110 – leave a message with Natalie)
dee@cwames.org
Bell Choir Director

As chief ding-a-ling at Collegiate, Dee waves her arms at five choirs, whether they’re watching or not! Encompassing sixth graders through senior citizens, the choirs provide music for services one Sunday a month and most Sundays during Advent. A Christmas concert with the Collegiate Brass and an all-choir spring concert are two special events.

Ed Kaizer

(Ext. 110 – leave a message with Natalie)
kaizerjazz@gmail.com

8:25 Band Director

Ed joined the CUMC/WF staff in October of 2012, where he leads the band for the 8:30 AM service, which specializes in jazz and contemporary music arrangements of your favorite hymns and praise songs. The band is called the “8:25 Band” because it will usually play a couple songs for a hymn sing starting at 8:25 AM. Ed has a degree in Jazz Performance from Arizona State University, specializing in writing and arranging. He also loves playing Jazz in the central Iowa area with his wife, Lynn, who also helps lead singing during the 8:30 service on Sundays. Ed has spent more than 5 years teaching in the music department at ISU and enjoys enhancing the worship experience through music. Contact Ed if you would like to share your musical talents with the 8:25 band.