Our Church Leadership

Our Church thrives because of the energy and style of the people who are a part of our leadership. Here are a few of the people that make our church community special:



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          Rev. Dr. Amanda J. Burr, Our Pastor

Dr. Burr is a graduate of the Claremont School of Theology, where she earned her Master of Divinity Degree in 1983 and her Doctor of Ministry (in preaching) in 1987. Rev. Amanda was ordained in 1983 in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and has served UCC, DOC and UMC Congregations during her nearly 30 years in the pastoral ministry.

In 2007, Dr. Burr was honored to be given the full-time appointment as pastor of the UMC of Palm Springs. Rev. Amanda also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Columbia University and a Master of Science Degree in Nursing from Loyola University in New Orleans.

As a young nurse, she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, South America.

 In 2010, she began working with the Guatemala Mission Project and has served on three mission trips helping to install wood efficiency stoves and lending her nursing expertise at the Clinica Salud y Paz.


Jeremy Wells

Jeremy WellsDirector of Christian Education

 Jeremy Wells joined the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs in June 2016 as the Director of Education. In addition to leading small group studies, playing guitar in worship, teaching Sunday school, and organizing the monthly Messy Church worship service, Jeremy is attending seminary at the Claremont School of Theology and seeking ordination in the United Methodist Church. Jeremy graduated from Concordia University in Portland, OR with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and a concentration in Internation Management. Coming from Oregon, Jeremy is a huge fan of the University of Oregon and enjoys all things Oregon Ducks.






 New Members Jim and Melinda

      Jim and Melinda McInerney

                Lay Leaders

Jim and Melinda McInerney have been attending the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs since April 2013. They categorize themselves as "doers", and offer their help whenever and wherever needed. Jim was born into the Methodist faith and practiced as a child. After joining the church in 2016, Jim reaffirmed his faith as a Methodist. Melinda is a 4th generation Disciple of Christ and has joined the church as an associate member. They have been married for 22 years and have a 30-year-old daughter who happens to be getting married this May. They also have a "bonus" grandson, Landon, whose mother considers Jim and Melinda her second parents and Landon's third set of grandparents. Jim and Melinda's favorite thing about the church is the people and the sense of family with a strong foundation of faith. The McInerney's love to travel and use their fifth-wheel to visit family and friends and explore new places.



Patty                   Patty Slough

       Transition Task Force Chair

        Administrative Council Vice-Chair

 Patty Slough is the chair for the task force that is leading our church through our pastoral change this year. She is a life-long United Methodist and has been a member of UMC Palm Springs since 2010. Patty and her husband Willy first became acquainted with UMCPS in 2007 when they were married right here in this sanctuary. “Our church family is a gift

and a blessing everyday.”







                   Richard Clapp- rclapp75@yahoo.com

                   Finance Chair

 Dick Clapp is the Chair of the Finance Committee for the UMC of Palm Springs. He has been involved with the church for 43 years. He has been married to his wife Sarah for 42 years and they have one daughter, Elizabeth, and two grandchildren. One of his favorite things about the church is the friendships that he has made over the years with people whom he respects and values. Fun fact- his grandfather, Joseph Tinker, is in the baseball Hall of Fame and played shortstop for the 1908 Chicago Cubs (the last time the Cubs won the World Series before 2016).



BettyBetty Bidwell 

Worship Team Leader 





             Dr. Wayne Hinton

        Choir Master/ Organist

















                   Dr. Ed Hartman 

           Director of the Bell Choir










  Louella Limbaco            Louella Limbaco

                                                      Church Secretary







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