Pastor & Staff

Rev. Jeremy W Scott

Pastor & Chief Joy Officer

Rev. Jeremy W Scott is a former software engineer turned pastor. He received his BS in Computer Science from Montana State University and his Masters of Divinity from Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He has served churches in Ohio, Montana, and Colorado and most recently served as the Vital Congregations Developer for the Mountain Sky Conference before becoming the pastor of the United Methodist Church in Johnstown in August 2018.

Pastor Jeremy has authored two books. Rotten Hobby: A True Story of the Unspoken Epidemic Sweeping America, chronicles his personal journey living with Type 2 Diabetes, and Witness Your Why: Evangelism for Every Church, which shares insights about evangelism learned from various new church starts.

Pastor Jeremy is married to his wife Daen Scott, a family nurse practitioner who specializes in endocrinology, and they have two school-age children.

Kariann Bandy

Director of Children's Education

Kariann Bandy has been a part of the United Methodist Church of Johnstown for over sixteen years, and feels fortunate to be a part of such a caring and supportive church family. She joined the staff of the Johnstown United Methodist Preschool (J.U.M.P.) in August of 1999, and is currently the Preschool Director. Her passion for children’s ministry and education is evidenced in her many years of directing and co-directing the church’s annual Vacation Bible School ministry. She currently serves as the Director of Children’s Education for the United Methodist Church of Johnstown, combining her love of education and heart for children’s ministry. Kariann feels blessed to experience the childlike faith, and open hearts and minds of the youngest in our midst through her positions at the church, and is thankful to share in these vital ministries.

Jayna Hart

Director of Communications, Audio & Video Production

Jayna joined our staff in 2013 as our Audio/Visual Tech and is the voice you hear on the mid-week podcasts! Jayna joined our daytime staff in August of 2017 as the Director of Communications and Office Manager. Jayna holds a BA from Southern Illinois University in Communications and Marketing. You can also hear her sing and play guitar for special music during worship 

Kimberly Heinrich

Director of Music & Worship

Kimberly Heinrich has been a member of the United Methodist Church of Johnstown since 2000, and in 2002 she was appointed as Associate Musician. Sharing her love for God through music has always been Kimberly’s passion, and this appointment gave her the excuse to jump in head-first and lead the children’s choir, as well as congregational singing.

In 2015 Kimberly took on the role of Music Director and feels honored to continue to serve God, the congregation and the community through music. Kimberly is also thrilled to be on staff at J.U.M.P. At our preschool, Kimberly is the Assistant Preschool Director and always the music teacher!

Many families in the community know “Miss Kimberly” as the “music lady” – a title she’s proud to wear! Kimberly feels that God has blessed her with a gift, and He has also blessed her with the passion to share it. What a privilege to be able to share it every day to do the works of God.

Van & Christy Duvall

Directors of Youth Ministry

Van and Christy have a rich background and belief in the love of God, neighbor and self. Van and Christy reside in Johnstown and are a loving and fun couple that lead our Youth Group. Youth Group is open to youth ages 6th grade through 12th grade. If you have a youth interested in joining, please contact them below.

Alan Gibson

Administrative Council Chair

Alan Gibson serves as the chairman of our Administrative Council. A retired teacher with over 35 years in public education, Alan also takes care of the church lawn, along with several other yards of family and friends. He is the head girls’ basketball at Berthoud High School and also stays active by playing plenty of pickleball. He and his wife Amy are longtime members of the church, whose family includes four grandchildren, two sons and two daughters-in-law.

Karen Vander Velde


Karen has been the Organist since 2002. She also accompanies and sings in the Chancel Choir and rings in the Bell Choir. She (and her husband Allen) was born in Wisconsin where she was a church organist for 20 years. Although she has lived in Colorado since 1980 she is still a loyal Green Bay Packer fan.

Jim Vitale


Jim Vitale has been a member of the Church Financial team since 2005 and the Church Treasurer since 2015. He has a BS in Accounting and a MS in Managerial Accounting from Colorado State University. He was a Federal Auditor with the Inspector General’s Office, in the Controller’s Office at Colorado Sate University and Senior Consultant for KPMG (CPA firm). He and his wife, Lyn, of 56 years have successfully operated their own consulting practice since 1999 serving research universities, non-profits and hospitals across the country.
Jim and Lyn have a daughter, son-in-law and two great grandchildren, Prescot and Michalyn. Jim is a proud veteran of the U.S. Army serving as a combat medic in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968. His loves are his wife, family and country.