The staff of Germantown United Methodist Church love God and love you, and we are here to serve and help you in anyway we can to help you Build a Christ Connection.

Gary Wheeler – Pastor

Gary came to Germantown UMC in July 2011, and has been a United Methodist pastor since 1987 in Ohio and Georgia. Gary shares his gifts of leadership, preaching, and teaching in helping the church serve God’s purpose in our community and the world.

Gary is married to Myra, who is a social worker with Montgomery County Children Services. Myra teaches Women’s Bible Studies at the church, is very involved in Emmaus, is the Registrar of the Mountaineer Christian Ashram, and tries to keep Gary in line. They have four adult aged sons: Marty, Kevin, Matt, and Greggie. 

Gary’s outside activities include chairing the Miami Valley District Locations and Building Committee, and well as serving as the District Treasurer. He is a member of the United Methodist Foundation of West Ohio. He is a member of the Board of the West Ohio Wesleyan Covenant Association and is very involved in the Greater Dayton Emmaus Community. He is the Director of the Mountaineer Christian Ashram. He is a member of the Faith-Based subcommittee with the Valley View Drug-Free Coalition. He is also a member of Dayton Pilots’ Club and serves on its Board of Trustees as Treasurer.

Gary has also completed his first book. “Hanging On In An Upside Down World” is about how to cope with the events in life that turn one’s world upside down. You know, no matter what is happening in a person’s life, Jesus has a way of taking us from our worst to our best. The book is now available through Amazon. His follow-up, “Living Right Side Up: Jesus’ Guidelines For A New Life,” should be available this summer.

Gary’s hobbies include flying (he has his Private Pilot’s License), watching sports, computers, and music, while Myra’s hobbies are taking care of her family and shopping (shocking!).

He is passionate about helping people growing in the relationship with God, and reaching out to people who are far from Him.

His favorite passage of Scripture is Joshua 24:15 “But as for me and my family, we will serve the LORD.”

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Erin Develbiss – Director of Children’s Ministries

Erin has been a member of our church her entire life. With her passion to be with children she could not let the opportunity pass her by being the children’s ministry director. She is looking forward to seeing children grow closer to God.

Erin is married to her husband, Jaron. Together they have two children, Jillian (6) and Easton (3). Jillian is very active in Gymnastics and is staying busy with many sporting activities. Easton is a busy little boy, he loves to play anything that deals with a ball and loves to help his daddy with yardwork, well really anything. Jillian and Easton both are also involved in the church with Sunday school, joyful noise and children’s hand bells.

When Erin is not working in Children’s ministry, she stays home with her son and loves to volunteer in her daughter’s classroom at school.  In her free time she enjoys going camping, play games and scrapbooking. But most of all she enjoys spending time with her family.

Her favorite passage is “Children are a gift for the lord; They are a gift from him.” Psalms 127:3

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Kathy Kitchel – Director of Youth Ministries

Kathy has a passion for bringing Christ into the lives of teenagers. In 2005, Kathy was called to work with the youth of GUMC and the community. By keeping Philippians 4:13, “You can do anything through Christ who strengthens me” close to her heart she has developed a discipleship program for 7th – 12th grade students. The student’s faith is developed through Bible study, prayer, missions, and fellowship.

Kathy has spent the last several years developing Tinkerbell’s Closet. This ministry makes her mission, “Every girl deserves to look and feel beautiful at the school dance,” come true. Tinkerbell’s Closet has collected and recycled new and gently used formal wear for teenage girls since 2012. For more information about Tinkerbell’s Closet, please click here

Kathy is married to Chris Kitchel. Both grew up in Preble County. After receiving her BA from Capital University, Chris and Kathy moved to Mississippi for a job opportunity. Jessica (19) and Kelsey (16) were both born as southern belles. Jessica is currently attending Capital University in Columbus, majoring in biology/pre-med. Kelsey is spending the 2016-17 school year as a Rotary youth exchange student in Italy. Both girls have hearts for service and love new adventures and opportunities. 

When Kathy is not working with the youth, she is a substitute teacher for Valley View Schools. Kathy enjoys keeping busy by working with the high school band, participating in the Greater Dayton Emmaus Community, reading, and spending time outdoors. As a new found “empty-nester,” she enjoys every chance she has to spend time with her family.

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Melody Herbst – Administrative Assistant

Melody came to Germantown United Methodist Church in March 2013 after a career in the medical and dental field. Melody has lived in Germantown her entire life and convinced her husband David to move here when they were married at Good Shepherd by Reverend Richard Royalty 35 years ago. In addition to his full-time employment, David is also a volunteer Firefighter/ EMT for the City of Germantown. They have a son, Bryan. Bryan and his wife Kellie live in Miami Township.  Melody enjoys family activities, attending or watching football games and spending time with friends.

For the past 10 years Melody has participated in Relay for Life, being founder and captain of Team Ya-Ya. Over that period her team has raised over $67,000.00 for the American Cancer Society. In 2011 Melody was honored by the American Cancer Society as the Montgomery County Volunteer of the Year for Community Outreach.

Melody likes Hebrews 11:1 as her life verse “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

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More to come!