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United Methodist Church of Palm Springs Staff

United Methodist Church of Palm Springs is blessed to have a leadership team who are truly dedicated to Christ and accomplishing His will. Following are brief bio's of our staff team and their qualifications for ministry.

Jane Voigts

Pastor

Email - pastorjane@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since July 1, 2018
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I lead worship, preach, teach, oversee administration, cast vision, care for the flock, explore new connections with the greater community, and offer an occasional cartwheel when helpful.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: BA Indiana University 1981; DMin Claremont School of Theology 1996; served churches in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Appleton WI; also, I was previously a legal secretary and professional comedian in Chicago and LA.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: John 15:11 - “Jesus said, 'I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.'"
  • Favorite movie: "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Making church fun!

Click here to visit Pastor Jane's blog

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Email - pastorjane@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since July 1, 2018
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I lead worship, preach, teach, oversee administration, cast vision, care for the flock, explore new connections with the greater community, and offer an occasional cartwheel when helpful.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: BA Indiana University 1981; DMin Claremont School of Theology 1996; served churches in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Appleton WI; also, I was previously a legal secretary and professional comedian in Chicago and LA.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: John 15:11 - “Jesus said, 'I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.'"
  • Favorite movie: "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Making church fun!

Click here to visit Pastor Jane's blog

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Jeremy Wells

Facilitator of Congregational Life

Email - jeremy@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since June 1, 2016
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? Lead small group studies and life groups
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Graduated from Concordia University- Portland in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in International Management
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Email - jeremy@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since June 1, 2016
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? Lead small group studies and life groups
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Graduated from Concordia University- Portland in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in International Management
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Erin Forget-Wells

Office & Communications Manager

Email - info@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since March 2018
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church?
  • Education/degree/previous experience: BA in Secondary Education from Concordia University-Portland 2008
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Psalm 23:5 "Let the lover of your soul restore it."
  • Favorite movie: "Dumb & Dumber"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Meeting new people
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Email - info@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since March 2018
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church?
  • Education/degree/previous experience: BA in Secondary Education from Concordia University-Portland 2008
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Psalm 23:5 "Let the lover of your soul restore it."
  • Favorite movie: "Dumb & Dumber"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Meeting new people
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Dr. Wayne Hinton

Music Director

Email - music@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since 2012 when UMCPS celebrated its 50th anniversary
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I am responsible for directing the choir and providing solo piano and organ music for all services.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: I have a Bachelor and Master's degree from Florida State University and a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Southern California., as well as 45 years of experience in serving in churches.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Matthew 6:28
  • Favorite movie: I don't really have a favorite.
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Working with the hard working, talented and joy filled members of the Chancel Choir.
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Email - music@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since 2012 when UMCPS celebrated its 50th anniversary
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I am responsible for directing the choir and providing solo piano and organ music for all services.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: I have a Bachelor and Master's degree from Florida State University and a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Southern California., as well as 45 years of experience in serving in churches.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Matthew 6:28
  • Favorite movie: I don't really have a favorite.
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Working with the hard working, talented and joy filled members of the Chancel Choir.
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Dr. Ed Hartman

Director of Handbell Choir

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? 36 years
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I am responsible for directing the handbell choir
  • Education/degree/previous experience: I have a Doctorate in Education from USC, and have also worked as a music educator in the public schools.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: 1 Corinthians 13
  • Favorite movie: "Remains of the Day"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? The music, the members of the handbell choir, and this wonderful congregation.
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  • How long have you been with UMCPS? 36 years
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I am responsible for directing the handbell choir
  • Education/degree/previous experience: I have a Doctorate in Education from USC, and have also worked as a music educator in the public schools.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: 1 Corinthians 13
  • Favorite movie: "Remains of the Day"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? The music, the members of the handbell choir, and this wonderful congregation.
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Ana Rangel

Song Leader

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Two years
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? Lead singer for worship
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Masters in Vocal Performance
  • Favorite piece of scripture: There are too many to choose from! To be determined.
  • Favorite movie: Dreamworks "Storks"(There is a short and fast scene about different types of parents that is all-inclusive and it gets me every time.)
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? We all get to share music together!
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  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Two years
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? Lead singer for worship
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Masters in Vocal Performance
  • Favorite piece of scripture: There are too many to choose from! To be determined.
  • Favorite movie: Dreamworks "Storks"(There is a short and fast scene about different types of parents that is all-inclusive and it gets me every time.)
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? We all get to share music together!
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John Velasquez

Song Leader

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since October 2019
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? Lead singer for worship and looking forward to getting more involved with the community and church
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Currently working on AA from College of the Desert and I also sing with local groups in the valley such as California Desert Choral and a mens ensemble called The Sweethots
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Joshua 6:1-27, the whole story of the Israelites, the walls of Jericho and being able to conquer it with trumpets, shouts and faith stuck with me
  • Favorite movie: "The Greatest Showman", I saw it 5 times while it was in movie theaters and own a digital copy. Beautiful singing, dancing, and overall message.
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? I enjoy singing in general but, having people who enjoy it with me and being able to sing together with them to worship and praise just brings it to a whole new level. I'm grateful to be part of it all.
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  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since October 2019
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? Lead singer for worship and looking forward to getting more involved with the community and church
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Currently working on AA from College of the Desert and I also sing with local groups in the valley such as California Desert Choral and a mens ensemble called The Sweethots
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Joshua 6:1-27, the whole story of the Israelites, the walls of Jericho and being able to conquer it with trumpets, shouts and faith stuck with me
  • Favorite movie: "The Greatest Showman", I saw it 5 times while it was in movie theaters and own a digital copy. Beautiful singing, dancing, and overall message.
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? I enjoy singing in general but, having people who enjoy it with me and being able to sing together with them to worship and praise just brings it to a whole new level. I'm grateful to be part of it all.
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Angelica Gutierrez

Custodian

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since June 2007
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I ensure all church spaces are cleaned well and prepared for all church activities. I make sure to take out all the trash, ensure bathrooms are deep cleaned and keep all surfaces and floors clean. I am also the church’s child care taker during church services.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: N/A
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Philippians 4:6: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
  • Favorite movie: "Coco"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? I enjoy talking and seeing the members of the church whenever I'm at the there. They all make working at the church enjoyable. I always look forward to seeing Pastor Jane and Erin when I come into the office.
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  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since June 2007
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I ensure all church spaces are cleaned well and prepared for all church activities. I make sure to take out all the trash, ensure bathrooms are deep cleaned and keep all surfaces and floors clean. I am also the church’s child care taker during church services.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: N/A
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Philippians 4:6: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
  • Favorite movie: "Coco"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? I enjoy talking and seeing the members of the church whenever I'm at the there. They all make working at the church enjoyable. I always look forward to seeing Pastor Jane and Erin when I come into the office.
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Juan Gutierrez

Groundskeeper

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since June 2007
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I help maintain the health of all plants and gardens, trim trees and shrubs, fertilize and mow lawns, and keep walkways clear of debris and litter.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: N/A
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Jeremiah 29:11: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
  • Favorite movie: "El Llanero Solitario" (Lone Ranger)
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? I enjoy seeing the flowers bloom and the plants grow. I enjoy walking around the garden spaces and keeping the church’s landscape clean and welcoming for the church members.
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  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since June 2007
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I help maintain the health of all plants and gardens, trim trees and shrubs, fertilize and mow lawns, and keep walkways clear of debris and litter.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: N/A
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Jeremiah 29:11: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
  • Favorite movie: "El Llanero Solitario" (Lone Ranger)
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? I enjoy seeing the flowers bloom and the plants grow. I enjoy walking around the garden spaces and keeping the church’s landscape clean and welcoming for the church members.
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Jane Voigts

Pastor

Email - pastorjane@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since July 1, 2018
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I lead worship, preach, teach, oversee administration, cast vision, care for the flock, explore new connections with the greater community, and offer an occasional cartwheel when helpful.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: BA Indiana University 1981; DMin Claremont School of Theology 1996; served churches in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Appleton WI; also, I was previously a legal secretary and professional comedian in Chicago and LA.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: John 15:11 - “Jesus said, 'I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.'"
  • Favorite movie: "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Making church fun!

Click here to visit Pastor Jane's blog

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Email - pastorjane@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since July 1, 2018
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I lead worship, preach, teach, oversee administration, cast vision, care for the flock, explore new connections with the greater community, and offer an occasional cartwheel when helpful.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: BA Indiana University 1981; DMin Claremont School of Theology 1996; served churches in Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Appleton WI; also, I was previously a legal secretary and professional comedian in Chicago and LA.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: John 15:11 - “Jesus said, 'I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.'"
  • Favorite movie: "It's a Wonderful Life"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Making church fun!

Click here to visit Pastor Jane's blog

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Jeremy Wells

Facilitator of Congregational Life

Email - jeremy@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since June 1, 2016
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? Lead small group studies and life groups
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Graduated from Concordia University- Portland in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in International Management
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Email - jeremy@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since June 1, 2016
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? Lead small group studies and life groups
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Graduated from Concordia University- Portland in 2006 with a degree in Business Administration concentrating in International Management
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Erin Forgét-Wells

Office & Communications Manager

Email - info@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since March 2018
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church?
  • Education/degree/previous experience: BA in Secondary Education from Concordia University-Portland 2008
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Psalm 23:5 "Let the lover of your soul restore it."
  • Favorite movie: "Dumb & Dumber"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Meeting new people
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Email - info@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since March 2018
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church?
  • Education/degree/previous experience: BA in Secondary Education from Concordia University-Portland 2008
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Psalm 23:5 "Let the lover of your soul restore it."
  • Favorite movie: "Dumb & Dumber"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Meeting new people
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Dr. Wayne Hinton

Music Director

Email - music@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since 2012 when UMCPS celebrated its 50th anniversary
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I am responsible for directing the choir and providing solo piano and organ music for all services.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: I have a Bachelor and Master's degree from Florida State University and a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Southern California., as well as 45 years of experience in serving in churches.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Matthew 6:28
  • Favorite movie: I don't really have a favorite.
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Working with the hard working, talented and joy filled members of the Chancel Choir.
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Email - music@umcps.org

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since 2012 when UMCPS celebrated its 50th anniversary
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I am responsible for directing the choir and providing solo piano and organ music for all services.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: I have a Bachelor and Master's degree from Florida State University and a Doctor of Music degree from the University of Southern California., as well as 45 years of experience in serving in churches.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Matthew 6:28
  • Favorite movie: I don't really have a favorite.
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Working with the hard working, talented and joy filled members of the Chancel Choir.
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