The Sheldon United Methodist Church Staff

The church staff works as a team to offer the best possible resources for everyone, whether you are a first time guest or a regular attender. Each member of our team is a leader who prioritizes God in their lives, as well as the overall goals of the church.

  • Lead Pastor

    Kevin Gingerich

    Pastor Kevin was appointed to the Sheldon UMC in June of 2013.  Kevin has a passion for Jesus, and he brings enthusiasm toward serving.  When thinking about his role as pastor, Kevin often thinks of himself as a cheerleader, encouraging others to be in love with Jesus and involved in serving others in some way.  His favorite scripture is John 13.  Kevin truly loves children of all ages, and he has the goal of bringing more of God’s children home and helping them to walk with the Lord.


    Kevin was united in marriage on June 11, 1983, to Susan.  They are parents of five, with a growing number of in-laws and grandchildren.  Kevin attended college at Iowa Wesleyan in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, and received a Master of Divinity degree from Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado.  He began his full time pastoral ministry in the United Methodist Church in Iowa in June of 1987, ordained as a full elder in 1990.  He was ordained as a deacon in 1985, serving in ministry as an intern at Hugoton Kansas for a couple of years.  In his spare time Kevin loves to be at sporting events, and you will find him at the Frisbee Golf course many afternoons.

  • Youth Director

    Jacob Sandholm

    Jacob Sandholm is the youth director at the Sheldon United Methodist Church. He felt called to ministry during his senior year of high school, and he has been on the journey ever since then. He was born and raised here in Sheldon, IA until the age of 20. He came back to Sheldon to become the youth pastor here at the church. He has a bachelors degree from the University of Iowa in the field of social work, and he is currently working on getting his Masters of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary. Jacob says that he has an obsession to help people and to show Christs love to everyone that he encounters. Some of his hobbies include: Reading the Bible, playing video games, singing, watching sports, and spending time with his family. Speaking of his family, Jacob got married to ,his wife, Sarah on July 15,2017. Together, they have a dog named Sebastian and two ferrets named River and Luna. All in all, he is very excited to help the youth of Sheldon spread Gods love to the community and beyond.

  • Children's Ministry Director

    Michelle Noack

    Michelle Noack became the Children’s Ministry Coordinator in May of 2019. She loves God and loves to work with kids. She has had a lot of past experience with helping the children here at the church by volunteering in multiple student ministries, such as being a Sunday school teacher, VBS crew leader, cook and server for the summer lunch program, and much more. She felt that all of these areas of service was God’s way of preparing her for her role in this position.


    Michelle got married to her loving husband, Ron on September 26, 2004. Nine years ago, she moved here to Sheldon with her husband Ron and their two boys from Illinois. Michelle and her family joined the church in June of 2011. In July of 2012, Michelle and Ron welcomed their daughter into their family. Michelle also has been a licensed hairdresser since 1996. She still enjoys that profession, but just part-time. When Michelle isn’t working, she enjoys helping out at Awanas, doing Bible studies, working out, and relaxing at home with her family.

  • Worship Director

    Mark Richards

    Hello! My name is Mark Richards. I am excited to be the modern worship leader at Sheldon UMC. I have over 20 years of experience in worship ministry in churches in Colorado, Nebraska, Florida and Iowa. I started singing in choir in middle school and have been deeply involved in vocal music ever since. I play several instruments and I am always looking to learn new ones. My wife, Brenda, and I have two teenagers, Faith and Grant. If you are interested in participating in worship ministry at SUMC, please contact me in the church office!

  • Minister of Assimilation

    Barb Popkes

    Barb Popkes has worked part time at the Sheldon UMC since January 1998.  Most of her time is spent keeping records up to date of our members and visitors.  She is part of the UMW, attends board meetings, and also helps with advertising events and bulletin & newsletter announcements.  Barb also helps with the In Touch ministry, a group that visits our monthly shut-ins or people who just need someone to talk to.  Each week is different but she is always ready for a challenge!


    Barb was born and raised in Minneapolis but has called Sheldon home for 40+ years.  She is married to Dave, a retired Farm Credit Services of America employee and they are the parents of two married children; Sarah lives in Sioux Falls and Scott in Iowa City, and they also have four grandchildren.

  • Church Secretary

    Cindy Gries

    Cindy has been the church secretary since August 2008.  She enjoys working at the church daily and assisting  the members and the public with any needs they may have.

    Cindy was united in marriage on May 18, 1991 to Scott. They have three wonderful children, Trevor , Bailey and Tanner. They moved to Sibley from Des Moines in 2003. Her favorite pastime is spending time with my family, boating and fishing, and baking with her kids.

  • Church Custodian

    Warren Wallinga

    I am a native Northwest Iowan, born and raised in Hull, Iowa. I graduated from Boyden-Hull High School in 1975. I worked on a farm, an oil pipe inspection company in Casper, Wyoming, an insulation company, a feed transportation company and a manufacturing company before starting my custodial career with the Sheldon Community School District in 1986.  I began my custodial position here at the Church in February 2000. I have thoroughly enjoyed being at the Church nearly every day since then opening the doors for the congregation and community to enter, keeping it clean and maintained and locking the doors every night. 

    I live in Sheldon with my wife, Mary. We were married December 17, 1983. We have one son, Derek, who is currently in the US Navy. I enjoy my work, mowing the lawn at home and feeding birds and squirrels. I volunteer at the SHS home football games running the scoreboard and enjoy watching and cheering for the Orabs. I spend my time at home watching television. I follow the Minnesota Vikings, Minnesota Twins and Iowa Hawkeyes.