Reverend Chuck Cram – Pastor
Reverend Chuck Cram came to Lewiston First in July of 2014; he has served other United Methodist churches in Colorado and Oregon and has been a United Methodist pastor for about 20 years. Chuck lives in the LC Valley with his wife, Heidi and they have three adult children, all boys, who live in various parts of Colorado. Chuck earned his undergraduate degree from Northern Michigan University; a BFA in photo communications and received his MDIV degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.
Often integrating contemporary questions, comments or even film clips into Sunday sermons, Chuck challenges the congregation to think about their faith. He believes it is not only important to know what you believe, but why you believe what you do. The sermons will leave you thinking and pondering the scripture text, the implications of what that might mean in your life and may perhaps challenge your status quo. If you like to think, like to ask questions and like to be challenged-come and have a listen.
Chuck may be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on his cell phone, 509-780-1636.
Arrie Vogel – Communication Coordinator
Arrie was born and raised right here in the LC Valley where she met and married her husband Mark, and together they have 2 daughters, Zoey and Emma. While they are both from Lewiston, they did spend part of their marriage stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky while Mark was in the US Army.
Larry Nystrom – Choir Director
Larry Nystrom is the Director of Music. A graduate of Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas, he taught pubic school music (both vocal and instrumental) at various K-12 grades for 36 years. A Barbershop Music fan, he directed both Barbershop and Sweet Adelines choruses. for a total of 20 years, Larry has shared his faith and his love of music as he directed adult, bell, children’s and/or folk-singing church groups. Now retired from public school education, he and his wife Meruiel have two adult sons and a granddaughter and a grandson.
Bill Dugger – Bell Choir Director
I am a professional hand bell composer, and my company; Meadowlarkmelodies.com markets the hand bell music to Jeffers Hand bell and supplies in North Carolina. I have been a life long musician, with studies at the Univ. of Idaho and Univ. of Ore. I have traveled and studied all over the USA and parts of Europe, singing and performing. I also am an artist and an avid gardener and fisherman, with great love for the beauties of God’s creation. I have been conducting and singing at LFUMC since 1988, and have loved every minute of it. We have seen the choir and bells change and evolve many times over the years, and are currently using hand bells in the weekly service both in anthems and as transition music. We ring anthems from Sept. till the end of May, and tolls all year long. We are currently planning for the 2015-2016 year, and are recruiting new ringers for the bell choir. Some music background is necessary, but we train new people and they will be joyously welcomed into the bell choir.
Laureen Trail – Accompanist
Born and raised in Bay City, MI, Laureen began piano lessons at age 8 and organ lessons at age 16. She moved to southern Idaho in 1980 and later to northern Idaho with her late husband, David, in 1995. In 1999 she returned to college at the University of Idaho and earned a BS in Psychology and a Music minor which included organ instruction. She has played the piano and organ for various area churches and community events since 1996. In May she retired from Chemical Dependency Counseling after 12.5 years in the field. She enjoys many area musical and theater offerings, dining with friends, watching vintage movies, reading both fiction and non-fiction, doing challenging crossword puzzles and walking in the evening. Her bucket list includes learning to golf, taking an Alaskan cruise, participating in Christian service/mission work, finding volunteer opportunities in the LC valley and traveling.