Service Times: Sundays at 8AM & 10AM

Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Our Staff

Rev. Susan Foster


What do I do at St. Paul’s? Well, I’m the Pastor.  This means that I only work on Sunday mornings (I’m kidding!).  In actuality my job is varied and every day is different.  I am responsible for the care and nurture of the people of St. Paul’s UMC and the wider community we are a part of. Some days this means I am meeting with church leaders, responding to pastoral care concerns, and preparing to preach.  Other days I am out in the community advocating for change, giving time to local service organizations and meeting people where they are.  Or I could be leading a bible study, visiting the children and staff in Noah’s Ark or planning worship.  
What excites me most about my job? I love the interesting people I meet, the deep conversations that I get to have with them, and witnessing the ways that God is moving in their lives and through them in the world. I get jazzed when I see growth in people.  
Birthday (no year needed!) February 25th
Describe my family My family includes my parents, two siblings, their spouses, 3 nephews, 1 niece and friends I’ve collected along the way. 
Favorite hot drink? English Breakfast Tea preferably with milk and sugar
My passions?  Children, Travel, Creative Worship Experiences
What I like to do in my spare time Spend time with friends, travel, read, sew, bake.
Favorite vacation spot or what was the best vacation I’ve ever had? I love England. I would be on a plane tomorrow given the chance.   
Favorite Bible verse 1 Corinthians 13: 8a – “Love never ends.”
Top 5 musical groups Frank Turner, Straight No Chaser, Barenaked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, U2, Mumford & Sons
Favorite sports teams That’s funny.  I only watch/follow sports if there is a game on at the restaurant I’m eating at. 
Favorite 2 books I can’t pick just two….
Favorite 3 movies Any movie that involves cheerleaders, beauty queens or retellings of classic literature. 
Favorite restaurant Too many to pick one but I love Mediterranean, Japanese,  & Thai  food to name a few. 
Favorite TV shows Any mystery set in England, The NCIS franchises, The Big Bang Theory

Audrey Phelps

Office Administrator

What do I do at St. Paul’s? Administration
What excites me most about my job? Interacting with the fun and vibrant congregation!
Birthday August
Favorite hot drink? Walden’s Coffee House “Chai Latte” 
My passions? A deep, prayerful relationship with Christ, and Prayerwalking
What I like to do in my spare time Spend it with the beautiful child God has entrusted me with.
Favorite vacation spot or what was the best vacation I’ve ever had? Disneyland of course!
Favorite Bible verse “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Favorite sports teams The New Orleans Saints
Favorite 2 books The Bible and The Greatest Thing In The World, by Henry Drummond
Favorite 3 movies Finding Nemo, Night at the Museum, Monsters Inc.
Favorite TV shows 48 Hours Mystery, and Anything NFL

Joyce Garcia

Worship Leader

What do I do at St. Paul’s? Music Director, Certified Lay Speaker, Missions Committee
What excites me most about my job? Working with people who love to sing for the Lord.
Birthday It is OK to use the year 12/29/19xx
Describe my family Fun and we are joined at the hip, even if we are living in different states.
Favorite hot drink? Hot Coco
My passions? Music and Prison Ministry
What I like to do in my spare time Read and of course – nap with the dog on my lap
Favorite vacation spot or what was the best vacation I’ve ever had? Where ever there is family
Favorite Bible verse John 3:16
Favorite 2 books Laughing my way to Grace and a lot of mystery books
Favorite 3 movies Lincoln, Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain
Favorite restaurant Miguel’s
Favorite TV shows NCSI, Animal Planet, National Geographic

Judi Jensen and Jolie Pardew

Education Directors


What do I do at St. Paul’s? I serve on the education committee. I lead Sunday school for our Tweens.
What excites me most about my job? I love having the chance to give our kids happy learning experiences. I love to give our kids opportunities to be creative with crafts, with movement, and with their thinking. 
Birthday (no year needed!) Born June 6th 1958
Describe my family We are an ’improv’ group. I have 2 sisters and a brother. I have two sons, and two ex- husbands. I got two dogs and three chickens. 
Favorite hot drink? Coffee!!
My passions? I love to think and learn. I love to be outside exploring God’s world. Dias con Cristo makes me awfully happy these days, because I get to be useful, creative, sing and hang around with great people. 
What I like to do in my spare time I study jujitsu. I recently took up square dancing. 
Favorite vacation spot or what was the best vacation I’ve ever had? I love to camp. I love to visit the ocean. So camping by the ocean on the California/ Oregon Coast with my son and sister are the best vacations I can think of. 
Favorite Bible verse Today Isaiah 11:1-9. Tomorrow could be the 23rd Psalm. Day after tomorrow, who can say?
Favorite 2 books Basin and Range by John McPhee, Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, Almost anything by Terry Pratchett
Favorite 3 movies Life of Pi, Grand Canyon, Robin and Marian


What do I do at St. Paul’s? I co-chair the Education committee with Jolie, teach Sunday School, care for babies and toddlers in the nursery, greet folks on Sunday especially if they have children, co-facilitate the HIIWYS group, serve as substitute secretary for Ad Council... "Triple Duty Judi" doesn't begin to cover it!
What excites me most about my job? The smiles and hugs from the children! Also, having what seems like just a good idea turn out to be a great adventure, like our re-enactment of the Last Supper a few years ago and sharing Christmas with the Congregation through art projects. 
Birthday August 28th
Describe my family My mom, Clarice, lives here in Reno. My daughter, Lea, is an accountant in Denver and I am self-appointed fairy godmother to several children/youth. I am also grateful for the amazing Church Family I have here at St Paul's. 
Favorite restaurant ANYWHERE, I hate to cook. 
What I do in my spare time I should spend it cleaning house, but if I'm not at church, I'm volunteering at Reno Little Theater or The Pioneer, at a DCC function, a union meeting or the Reno Balloon Races. 
Favorite vacation spot New York City! Also, a trip my daughter and I took to London and Sweden a few years ago holds lots of good memories. 
Favorite Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you..."
Favorite music Jo Dee Messina, Musical soundtracks and anything on K-Love radio
Favorite 3 musicals "Wicked", Elton John's "Aida" and "The Lion King"
Favorite TV shows "The View" always (I've been in the audience 5 times) and currently "Tiny House Hunting"


Scott Fletcher

Worship Technician

What do I do at St. Paul’s?  I’m part of the AV team and serve on the Trustee’s Committee. 
What excites me most about my job? Being involved at the church
Birthday   8-28
Describe my family My sister Deb and her family (my 4 nieces) live in Henderson NV. I live in Reno , I do maintenance at Sally beauty warehouse and handyman work on the side.
Favorite hot drink  COFFEE !  BLACK ! 
My passions?   X-Box games, working with my hands- gardening, carpentry, helping others. 
What I like to do in my spare time  see the question above
Favorite vacation spot or what was the best vacation I’ve ever had?  Disneyland
Top 5 musical groups  Journey, AC-DC, Arrowsmith, Bon Jovi
Favorite sports teams   none
Favorite 2 books Bourne Identity, First Blood
Favorite 3 movies Billy Jack,  White Christmas, The Dark Knight
Favorite restaurant Hobey’s Coffee Shop, Sun Valley. Close to home and plenty of food for a good price. 
Favorite TV shows Smallville, Angel, Hot in Cleveland

Mike Clymer

Web Master

What do I do at St. Paul’s? Let’s see, I am the Web Master, which means I attempt to keep our Web site current. If you see anything that is out of date, or get a page not found error, it is pretty much my fault.
What excites me most about my job? Everything! One of my main passions is outreach, and it is so exciting to see the energy and excitement from the church members when we take on a project outside the church doors.
Birthday May 25th, the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) I share the day with Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Beverly Sills, Tom T. Hall, Ian McKellen, and Leslie Uggams. I've got a lot to live up to.
Describe my family I have a wonderful Wife, who keeps me on the straight and narrow. The other member of our household is Max, a Dachshund, who gives me unconditional love (for a dog goodie!) We lost Max in the summer of 2016 at the age of 19. I thank God for Max's long devotion to me. Not in our household is a son, stepson, stepdaughter, their families, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so forth and so on.
Favorite hot drink? Really, really good black coffee that is NOT Starbucks (Sorry Susan!)
My passions? Reading, techie toys, stained and fused glass, music, sound editing, video editing, musicals, travel, feel-good movies (Pixtar, I love you!), construction, destruction, prestruction, restruction. Here I am, Michael Lee, Jack of all trades, master of none.
What I like to do in my spare time I have gotten into road biking, which with my age and knees present a reallly good challenge.
Favorite vacation spot or what was the best vacation I’ve ever had? Well, my favorite vacation spot is Mexico. Best vacation was a Michael W. Smith Alaskan cruise.
Favorite Bible verse Only one? OK, Psalm 100, 1 - 2“Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth.  Worship the LORD with gladness; come into his presence with singing”
Top 5 musical groups Casting Crowns, The Beatles, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, The Austin Lounge Lizards, Three Dog Night, The Highwaymen, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, Peter, Paul, and Mary, Trout Fishing in America, Queen, Dire Straits, Selah – AARGH! IT’S LIKE THE POTATO CHIPS! I CAN’T STOP!!!
Favorite sports teams The underdog
Favorite 2 books Only two books? How about authors? Number one is the Bible. I don’t read it as much as I should. Authors are Sue Grafton, Terry Pratchett, J.R.R Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Faye Kellerman.
Favorite 3 movies Tops is “The Sting” - I can watch it over and over again enjoying the unfolding of the plot. “WALL-E” - how can a bucket of bolts show so much love? “Bruce Almighty” – if I were God…
Favorite restaurant The Sun Valley Steak House in Hobey’s Casino.  A true hidden gem. Great food for real reasonable prices. Tell Marko, the Maitre d, I said "Hi!"
Favorite TV shows Current shows: Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Good Eats, Chopped (Is there a theme here?) Past shows: Good Neighbors, The Vicar of Dibley, To the Manor Born, As Time Goes By. Ancient history: I Love Lucy, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in, Rocky and Bullwinkle.