Pastor John Grimsted
Pastor John has the capacity to always surprise you with a story from his past. From his adventures living overseas, to the “Dangerous Sports Club – Bungee Master” certificate on his office wall, he always has a good story or two. Pastor John is an excellent, caring and down to earth pastor. He enjoys teaching and getting to know the members of the congregation.
Denise is excited to be a part of the Eagle United Methodist Church staff. Her experience in accounting and marketing provides a solid foundation for managing our facility. She and her family have attended Eagle UMC for over 8 years. It has been a blessing to grow in the faith with such a wonderful church community.
Administrative Assistant, Music Director
Luanne has directed choirs of all ages, both vocal and handbells, for over 25 years. She brings her love of music to EUMC and enjoys seeing our musicians grow in their love of music and in their faith. Luanne leads our Adult Choir, Illuminations Worship Band, The Next Generation and Momentum Youth Choir.
Jeff Nielson has grown up in the Eagle area since he was a child. He has attended Eagle United Methodist Church since the age of five (21 years!) and has always loved it. Jeff enjoys almost any outdoor activity, with his favorites being hunting, fishing, or playing sports. In 2013 Jeff was fortunate enough to be persuaded to teach High School Sunday School, and from that experience he was led to pursue a career in ministry. As Associate Lay Minister and Youth Director, Jeff looks forward to being able to serve God in exciting new ways. He is greatly looking forward to this new adventure!
Eagle’s Wings Preschool & Kindergarten Director
Karen has been the Director at Eagle’s Wings since 2004. She has a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics/Consumer Affairs. She taught elementary school for several years in Minnesota and Washington and has a K-8 Idaho Teaching Credential. She served as the Sunday School Director here at Eagle United Methodist Church for ten years..
Director of Christian Education
Sara Donaldson is the mom of one elementary student and one middle-schooler. She is married to Matt who is our Media Team lead. Her background is in Elementary Education (K-8th grade). She has taught many classes of preschool, been a substitute teacher (K-8), and worked child care positions. She is excited to be in a position to teach children more about God and his love for us. She is also glad to be using her organization skills to improve and expand the small group program.
Contemporary Service Worship Leader
Lucas has grown up leading worship most of his life, joining his Dad at his United Methodist church back home in Washington when he was 14. He has been an active member of his church growing up and has lead worship for multiple retreats and events, along with at a United Methodist Camp in Washington for two summers. He is a second year student at Boise State majoring in Kinesiology and is very active in college Younglife as well. Lucas loves playing music (guitar, piano, ukulele), playing and watching sports, and eating breakfast foods!