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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 and Queen Bee

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!

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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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Paul Nixon

Ministry Developer and Drone

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since 2019 as part time residents and participants in the church community.
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I help volunteers develop new ministries and programs. I also look for partnerships between UMCPS and other great community organizations.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Doctor of Ministry, SMU 1992. Worked as a pastor since the 1980s and as a church consultant since 2002.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: 2 Corinthians 4
  • Favorite movie: Cinema Paradiso, Godfather trilogy (and so many others).
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Community. It has been my experience that amazing people hang around churches, and they become dear friends and collaborators: people whom often I would never find within my own demographic.
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  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Since 2019 as part time residents and participants in the church community.
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I help volunteers develop new ministries and programs. I also look for partnerships between UMCPS and other great community organizations.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Doctor of Ministry, SMU 1992. Worked as a pastor since the 1980s and as a church consultant since 2002.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: 2 Corinthians 4
  • Favorite movie: Cinema Paradiso, Godfather trilogy (and so many others).
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Community. It has been my experience that amazing people hang around churches, and they become dear friends and collaborators: people whom often I would never find within my own demographic.
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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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Ann Doherty

Office Manager

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? I joined the staff in February 2021, and joined the church in October 2020.
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? General office duties, Monitor email/voice mail, update contributions on Breeze the church management application, publish This Week at Your Church and the Monthly Bulletin, send out special correspondence to the congregation. 
  • Education/degree/previous experience? Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. I was also a Project Manager and Audit Manager in the financial industry for 35 years.
  • Favorite piece of scripture? 23rd Psalm
  • Favorite movie? "Pretty Woman"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Meeting people!
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  • How long have you been with UMCPS? I joined the staff in February 2021, and joined the church in October 2020.
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? General office duties, Monitor email/voice mail, update contributions on Breeze the church management application, publish This Week at Your Church and the Monthly Bulletin, send out special correspondence to the congregation. 
  • Education/degree/previous experience? Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology. I was also a Project Manager and Audit Manager in the financial industry for 35 years.
  • Favorite piece of scripture? 23rd Psalm
  • Favorite movie? "Pretty Woman"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Meeting people!
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Ana Rangel

Videographer and Song Leader

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? Two years
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? Edit worship services, videos, and provide lead vocals for the Worship Team.
  • 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? Edit worship services, videos, and provide lead vocals for the Worship Team.
  • 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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Christian Quevedo

Lead Tenor Male Singer

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? I am the newbie of the music crew and have made a few appearances in the past as a guest singer and in August of 2020 joined the music team at UMCPS.
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I am the lead tenor male singer and help with music and providing lead vocals for the worship team.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Associates Degree in Music and Theatre and Certificate of Musical Theatre.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Isaiah 40:31 - “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
  • Favorite movie: Hard to pick a favorite, I am a big movie lover and love all Genres most recent favorite Avatar. There is something about movies with great sceneries and epic out of the box universes that I really enjoy.
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? I love being an instrument and a vessel of music and to be able to share powerful messages through song for those in need and to be able to reconnect with my own spirituality and voice is truly a gift in itself.
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  • How long have you been with UMCPS? I am the newbie of the music crew and have made a few appearances in the past as a guest singer and in August of 2020 joined the music team at UMCPS.
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I am the lead tenor male singer and help with music and providing lead vocals for the worship team.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: Associates Degree in Music and Theatre and Certificate of Musical Theatre.
  • Favorite piece of scripture: Isaiah 40:31 - “Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
  • Favorite movie: Hard to pick a favorite, I am a big movie lover and love all Genres most recent favorite Avatar. There is something about movies with great sceneries and epic out of the box universes that I really enjoy.
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? I love being an instrument and a vessel of music and to be able to share powerful messages through song for those in need and to be able to reconnect with my own spirituality and voice is truly a gift in itself.
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Jon Roberts

Communications Coordinator

Email - jon@jonaroberts.com

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? I've been with the church since April 2021.
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I develop and implement social media and marketing initiatives, maintain the church website, and develop content to be communicated to the UMCPS congregation.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing from San Diego State University. I previousl worked in digital marketing and real estate economics before working with UMCPS. Besides working with UMCPS, I currently work as a professional photographer in Orange County and Los Angeles.
  • Favorite movie: "Forrest Gump"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Working with such friendly people!
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Email - jon@jonaroberts.com

  • How long have you been with UMCPS? I've been with the church since April 2021.
  • What are some of your responsibilities at the church? I develop and implement social media and marketing initiatives, maintain the church website, and develop content to be communicated to the UMCPS congregation.
  • Education/degree/previous experience: I have a Bachelors of Science Degree in Marketing from San Diego State University. I previousl worked in digital marketing and real estate economics before working with UMCPS. Besides working with UMCPS, I currently work as a professional photographer in Orange County and Los Angeles.
  • Favorite movie: "Forrest Gump"
  • What is one thing you most enjoy about serving in the church? Working with such friendly people!
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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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