A MESSAGE FROM

OUR PASTOR

Pastor Joe has been honored to serve the congregation of Sellersburg UMC since July 2018.  Previously, Pastor Joe served the congregation of Darlington UMC four years as Sr. Pastor as well as Grace UMC in Franklin six years as Youth Director.  Having studied at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, he is committed to proclaiming The Kingdom of God and making disciples for Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world through God’s love, justice, and peace.  He seeks to actively minister within the congregation and community to nurture relationships between people and the Holy Spirit as well as one another.

            Pastor Joe and his wife Lauren have four children and enjoy spending time as a family.  Pastor Joe enjoys to golf, read, and play music.  Lauren enjoys reading, music, and attending any live performances of any kind.  Noah loves to be creative: reading, writing, drawing, composing, photographing, and filming.  Juliette enjoys drawing, reading, and building.  Lyla loves to read, puzzle, and learn.  Audrey loves to dance, read, play games, and explore. 

           Blessings,

                 Rev. Joseph Sanford

 



MINISTRY TEAM

Tony Kummer

Administrative Assistant

Tony Kummer has been a part of our congregation since moving back from his mission field in Haiti.  He joined our church staff in January of 2020.

JANET WERLE

​​​​​​​Director of Worship Ministries

Janet is a member of the Chancel Choir and has taught the Pilgrim Sunday Morning Bible Class for many years.  She is also the South District Lay Leader and a member of 2 Indiana Conference committees. Janet also convenes the River Ridge Cluster of nine churches located in eastern Clark County. Her charitable interests include membership in Theta Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Psi Sorority. She enjoys flower gardening, entertaining family and friends, travel and business networking events. Her walk with her Savior began when she was a child and continues in her work with many areas of interest as Christ’s witness in word and deed. 

MARK RITTER

Music Minister

Mark D. Ritter has been been privileged to serve at SUMC since 2016. He is a graduate of Clarksville High School and University of Louisville. For over 20 years, Mark has been involved in church music, playing the piano and organ, as well as singing in choirs.

 

Mark developed his love for old hymns at his childhood church in Cookietown, Oklahoma, where his paternal grandparents, Arbuary and Jane Ritter, have dedicated the last 58 years pastoring and serving. His grandparents’ example of Christ-like service impacted Mark and profoundly guided his spiritual journey. As an 8-year old boy Mark accepted Jesus as his Savior, and he continues loving to use music to share the story of salvation.

 

In 1997, Mark’s family moved to Southern Indiana. This is where he began learning to play the piano, thanks to support from his maternal grandparents, George and Opal Bowles. At home, Mark’s parents encouraged him to use his musical abilities for the Lord. Because of his family’s investment in his spiritual and musical upbringing, Mark has been blessed with many opportunities to serve in church music ministries from an early age.

 

Mark loves helping people learn about Jesus through the music ministry of Sellersburg United Methodist Church. He loves working with the talented choir and enjoys welcoming new voices to their Wednesday night rehearsals!

 

Mark directs our choir and is our worship leader for both worship services.

 

Even if you don’t have an interest in joining the choir, Mark would love to worship with you on Sunday mornings to fill Sellersburg United Methodist Church’s sanctuary with worshipful praise!

KATHY WATERMAN

Visitation Minister

 

Kathy is married and has three grown children and three grandchildren.  She has been Visitation Minister since 2001.  She is responsible for visitation of members in the hospital, shut-ins, those ill at home, and other special visitation needs.  Kathy enjoys encouraging volunteers to join her in the visitation ministry.  Kathy's passions include teaching Sunday School, helping in the church office and seeking ways to help others in need through the Salvation Army Angel Tree and knitting baby blankets for new moms.

BRENDA CROUCHER

Children's Minister

Brenda Croucher is married with one daughter. She has been teaching Sunday School, Children's Church and VBS for 20 years . She has been a unit leader for American Heritage Girls for 4 years and Vice President of the Silver Creek Theatre Producers. Brenda is excited to be working with the wonderful staff and children. 

LORI RICE

Youth Minister

Lori has been a part of SUMC for the past 13 years working in various areas with the youth ranging from teaching Sunday School to leading Children’s Church, VBS and also serving as Assistant Youth Minister for the last 5 years. Beginning in 2013 she began serving as Youth Minister for youth in grades 6 through 12. She has also been active with Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts for the last 13 years. Lori has a passion for working with Youth and sharing the Word of God with them. Lori is married and has two teenage boys. She enjoys reading, spending time with her kids and golf in her spare time

BOB WATERMAN

Director of Financies

Bob and his wife, Kathy, Iive near Charlestown, Indiana.  They have three adult children and three grandchildren.  Bob is retired from Louisville Gas & Electric Company/Kentucky Utilities after 30 years of service as a project engineer/project manager.  After retirement, Bob and Kathy then started a small engineering business, ADM Engineering, LLC. 

 

As the director of the financial team of the church, bob works with a the church treasurer as well as a team of volunteers, who count the Sunday tithes/offerings, makes weekly deposits to the church’s bank account, and enters the financial data into the church’s financial software. 

 

As director, Bob assists the Governing Board in the development of the annual budget and also tracks the monthly budget income and spending. 

 

Bob is also the teacher of the Foot Prints Sunday School class and along with my wife, Kathy, has facilitated eight Alpha Classes at the church.

DARRYL MOORE

Custodian

Darryl is a graduate of RETS Electronic School.  He has served 30 + years as an  Electronic Technician.  He semi- retired in 2013 and currently works part time for Independent Contractor for Wilson Education Center Delivery, Repair and Billing.  Darryl has been a Boy Scout Leader for 15 Years.  His hobbies include: Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Fishing, White Water Rafting, Bike Riding, Rappelling.

CONNIE NUNN

​​​​​​​Treasurer

Connie has attended/been a member of SUMC since childhood. She graduated from Silver Creek High School and Indiana University Southeast and has served as SUMC Treasurer for 10+ years. A few years ago, Connie started the Prayer Garden at the side of the church and continues its upkeep regularly. She invites you to visit the Garden, sit a while and reflect. Many of the flowers, benches and landscaping were donated by past members with a love of nature or in memory of a loved one.  Her hobbies include card making, scrapbooking, gardening, Indiana University basketball and playing with her dog.