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Meet Our Staff

Rev. Jeremy Scott

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.

Jayna Hart

Director of Communications, Audio and Video Production

Jayna joined our staff in 2014 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. She also rings for the Bell Choir as well as plays guitar and sings with Messengers, our church band.

Kariann Bandy

Director of Children's Education
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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.

Kimberly Heinrich

Music and Worship Director
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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 Duvall

Youth Ministry Director
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5Van Duvall is the director of Youth Ministries.

Karen Vander Velde

Church Organist
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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.