Our Staff

Rev. April Coates
    April began serving as Pastor for Perry UMC at the beginning of January 2019. Before coming to Perry, April served Albright UMC in Ponca City for three years & Asbury UMC in Ponca City for one year. Prior to that she served Wilburton UMC from 2010-2015. She was ordained as an Elder in the UMC in 2014. She serves as Chair of District Youth Ministries, CLUE Camp Dean & Co-Coordinator for the Oklahoma Annual Conference worship services. In addition she serves on the boards of Project Transformation and the Oklahoma State Wesley Foundation.
     April is from Ardmore, OK originally and is one of four children. She has a bachelor's in Human Development & Family Sciences (Child and Family Service Option) and a master's degree from Duke Divinity School.
     April's passions include community based missions, youth and children's ministries, sacramental worship and helping people catch a vision of God's kingdom on Earth shown through care for one another and our neighbors. 
      Her favorite scripture comes from Matthew 25:34--40, which for her sums up the good, good work we are all, pastor and laity, called to do. She loves verse 40 which give us our purpose on earth:  ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Receptionist: Darlene Roads

What a privilege to be able to work in my church! Thank you for allowing me to do so.

I was born in Noble County and have lived here my entire life except for eight years during my first marriage. My greatest accomplishments in life are my three wonderful children, Lori St.Clair, John and James Morrill. I thank God for them daily. (Side note: James told me he is going to retire in May, 2018 and I told him he couldn’t because I was too young!)

When I married Jack Roads 42 years ago, he brought me three more wonderful children, Judy, Wayne and Tracy Allen. I have a total of 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren - all wonderful. Jack and I had nearly 40 years together before he left to be with our Lord.

I thank God that my health is good and I am able to continue to do His work. Since I joined the First United Methodist Church in 2003, I have been involved in UMW on a local and district level and served many years as local Lay Leader. For a while I was a lay speaker. God laid it on my heart to start a Community Christmas dinner and 2018 will be the 10th anniversary of that project. Nothing I have done could be accomplished without the help of Our Lord and the wonderful people in this church. They are my family and I love each and every one dearly.

Thank you for accepting me and allowing me to be a part of this fantastic family of God.

Music Director, Pianist/Organist: Nancy Thomason

    Hello! I’m Nancy Thomason and have served as organist here since 1997. About ten years ago we added the duties of music director to my position. I’ve been a member of Perry FUMC since 1974 when my husband, Bill, and I joined this church as newlyweds.  The Sunday after we joined, the pastor asked us to teach the high school Sunday School class! This church has been an important part of our lives ever since, raising our sons and participating in all ministries of the church. I led a Cherub Choir for small children in those early years, and later led/accompanied our Junior Choir for about ten years.

      Music and the Methodist church have been a part of my life since I was born. I grew up in Altus, OK, active in First UMC there, singing hymns each Sunday morning and evening with my dad, who was choir director, leading, (and hoping my little brother wouldn’t shout out a page number again) singing in the church choir as a teenager, substituting for our organist, who was my piano teacher, and, in general, being there “every time the doors were open,” as I have always described my growing up years. I guess it’s no wonder that hymns and sacred music, and how they express our deepest emotions, beliefs, and understanding of God, have always been important to me. I graduated from OSU with a Bachelors degree in mathematics, married Bill that summer, and taught all secondary math at Red Rock, OK.  Bill is a farmer/rancher, and we have four sons. They are all married, spread all over the world, and have given us the five most wonderful grandchildren in the world! After my sons were almost grown, I returned to OSU and earned a Masters degree in Community Counseling.  I became a licensed counselor and worked in non-profit mental health agencies in Enid, with children in therapeutic foster care, and Ponca City, with adults, for about eleven years before retiring.

    Now my favorite activities are spending time with family and friends, painting, traveling, hiking in beautiful places, and sewing ruffled, lacy dresses for my granddaughters, as well as making music! I love what I do in this “job” so much that I don’t think it should be called a job! There is a place for everyone in our music program here at Perry FUMC! I love this congregation and am grateful for the love and support I’ve always received.

Younger Persons Ministries Director: Paige Schwandt

I was born in Stillwater, OK and raised in Perry, OK almost her entire life, I reside in Perry with my family of four, my husband, Nathan Schwandt, our two girls, Blakely 5, Kenzley 3, and of course our 3 dogs, Paisley, Sissy, and Sue. I have been a member of the Perry United Methodist Church for 27 years. 
I attended Perry Schools and went on to Northern Oklahoma College for 2 years and devoted my time there as a NOC Maverick Cheerleader and student. 
I currently have a full time job as a home daycare provider and work passionately as the children’s and youth ministries director for Perry First United Methodist Church. This passion started for me, when I was personally struggling with the lack of children’s ministries targeting the smaller children of our community. I wanted my own two children to have a church where they could thrive in learning about Jesus and enjoy doing so. It just so happened that as I asked to join the children’s council committee of the Perry First United Methodist Church, they misunderstood and made me the chairman of the council. One year later I along with many others with in the church have brought in new members with young children and accomplished so many activities and exciting things for the young children of our church. I realized this was a passion of mine and when the church was in need of a new youth director I gladly accepted the position to help our young adults/younger persons thrive in learning about Jesus, and to bring exciting activities and new young people to our church family . 
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, decorating, planning activities/events, and talking!

Nursery Coordinator: Tiffany Cosgrove

Custodian: Jane Bullock

Hi! I am Jane, born in Oklahoma, graduated in 1985 from Yukon High School. Cliff and I married in 1986. God gave us Scotty, Ciera, Jonah and Noah. Scotty is married to Jerrica and Ciera to Cole. We have four amazing granddaughters: Gracie, Audrie and the "twins" Amelia and Lyssa. Our hobbies are horses, horses..did I say Horses!! 

We have lived in Perry since 1991. Most everyone knows me from Perry Floral or Cliff's Conoco or now Mowing. Thanks for letting me be apart of your wonderful Church! I appreciate your smiles a
nd hugs.