Our Staff

Jane Florence

Senior Pastor

Reverend Dr. Florence came to Saint Paul United Methodist Church in July 2018 as the first female senior pastor to lead our historic congregation.  She brings 20 years of pastoral leadership in both large urban and small rural congregations. Her passion for advancing progressive theology and commitment to social justice announces a message of God’s love for all people and reminds us of our challenge to be the hands and feet that work for dignity, inclusion and justice for all.

Jane moved here from Omaha First UMC where she served for 11 years. She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Before her call to ministry, she taught high school English and served as a school principal in Corpus Christi, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University-San Antonio and two Master of Science degrees from Texas A & M – Corpus Christi.

Jane has two adult daughters living in Omaha. She enjoys kayaking, traveling, playing the Irish bodhram drum, and watching the seasons change in Nebraska. 

Kirstie Jeanette Engel

Associate Pastor

I am Kirstie Jeanette Engel and I am so honored and elated to serve as your Associate Pastor. To tell you a little bit about myself; I was born in Fort Polk, Louisiana and was raised in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 17 I moved to Winfield, Kansas and graduated from Winfield High School. I received my Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Wichita State in the Fall of 2003. I received my Masters of Divinity at Philips Theological Seminary in May 2010. I am a proud mother of Shaya Kamille Garnes and Keera Simone Garnes, step mom of Ella and Ashton Engel and wife of Stephen Robert Engel. I am highly energetic and passionate about people and the mission of making Disciples of Jesus Christ. I wake up every morning with excitement on what God is going to do!

In my spare time I love to exercise, walk, ride my bike, rollerblade and spend time with my girls. As a family we thoroughly enjoy spending our time at the Lincoln Raquet Club, swimming, going to the movies, parks, water parks, museums and now eating ice cream at Ivanna Cone.

My hopes for Saint Paul UMC as a church family is that we grow in leaps and bounds and be that church for the people of downtown Lincoln where they know they will be fed both physically and spiritually! I believe that there is tremendous opportunity for our church to reach new people in an organic and deeply meaningful way. It’s harvest time and together we can make a difference through Christ Jesus the One who gives us strength! Hallelujah!

Michelle Chesnut

Director of Campus Ministries, UNL

Cathy Link

Director of Children & Family Ministries

Mitch Connelly

Director of Youth Ministries

Marilyn Moore

Director of Spiritual Growth

Alicia Opoku

Director of Contemporary Music

Dr. William Wyman

Director of Music

C. Richard "Dick" Morris


Rachel Alloway

Executive Administrative Assistant

Sherry Waldman

Financial Secretary

Brent Comstock

Communications & outreach ministry leader

Addie Lancaster

Volunteer Coordinator

Kevin Kidd

facilities manager