Reverend Chuck Cram – Pastor

Reverend Chuck Cram came to Lewiston First in July of 2014Cramphoto copy; 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 or on his cell phone,  509-780-1636.

Arrie Vogel – Communication Coordinator

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Arrie has been with Lewiston First UMC since March 2015, she holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design from Full Sail University where she graduated in 2014.

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.

You can email Arrie in the church office at

Kris Haynal – Music Director

Kris Haynal is a native of Texas.  Mid 2017 she moved to Lewiston from Alberta, Canada.DSC_0300 In Alberta, she was Choir Director/Organist at First Christian Reformed Church in Red Deer. In addition, she had a private piano studio. Some previous music experiences have included, Organist at All Souls Unitarian Church in Indianapolis, served on the Executive Committee of the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, sang in the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. In addition, she has played in a brass ensemble, flute choir, directed a bell choir and directed a teen brass ensemble.

She has a Bachelor of Music Education from Andrews University with majors in organ and piano.  She has studied organ with C. Warren Becker, Kraig Scott and Nancy Edison.  In addition to being Music Director (Choir, Organist. Handbells and assisting with service planning) at First United Methodist Church, she is an adjunct piano teacher at Lewis Clark State College and has a private piano studio.

Kris is married to the very lucky Mark Haynal.  They have two daughters, one son-in-law and a beautiful three-year-old grand-daughter and one well-behaved grand-dog!