Rev. Zayna Thomley, Lead Pastor
A graduate of Elmhurst College (BA) and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (MDiv), Pastor Zayna has been serving our congregation since her ordination in 2013. Her likes include naps, dogs, impressionist paintings, Jesus, big trees, dinner parties, people watching (especially in airports), podcasts, rain storms, snow on Christmas, small churches, and good coffee. Her dislikes include tomatoes, humidity, and the patriarchy. Born and raised in Wisconsin, she has made her home in Platteville along with her spouse, Matt, and an ever-growing collection of pets. You can reach her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kristin Boneske, Music Coordinator
Kristin Boneske is a Wisconsinite from Kaukauna (near Appleton) and a graduate from UW-Stevens Point with a bachelor’s degree in choral/general music education. She teaches 4K-12 vocal music for the Potosi School District and is married to Ed Boneske, the band director at Potosi High School. She has two cats, Al and Felix, and lives in Platteville. Kristen had the pleasure of singing in the Lawrence University Girl Choir Program throughout high school and was a member of the WI High School State Honors Choir in 2007 and 2008. She also sang at the ACDA national choral convention in 2010 and participated in a couple of choir tours across Europe, as well as voice programs in Prague and Italy.
Nancy Fairchild, Organist
Nancy Fairchild earned her Bachelor’s degree in music education from UW-Platteville and master’s degree from the University of Illinois. Following a 40-year music teaching career she retired in 2018 from the Platteville schools and UW-Platteville where she taught every age from kindergarten through college. Nancy’s post as organist and music minister with United Methodist Church began in 1975 and continues today. Outside of music, Nancy enjoys long bike rides, swimming, volunteering, reading, watching sunsets, spending time with her four grandchildren, and traveling the world with her best friend and husband, Dan.
Fern Nall, Office Manager
Fern Nall was a teacher for over 37 years, fulfilling a dream she had since grade school! She went to college at UW-Platteville for an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and eventually a master’s degree. It was there she met her husband, Tom Nall. They have since built a life here in Platteville raising two daughters who have since blessed them with three grandchildren. Never one to stay still for long, Fern joined our staff after retirement in hopes of using her computer skills and to keep her mind active. She brings a servant spirit, a passion for learning, and a never-empty candy dish to the administrative branch of our congregation. She can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Maggie Oehlke, Custodian
Maggie Oehlke has been an RN for over 25 years and has lived in Platteville since 2007. When she’s not busy caring for our two historical buildings, Maggie serves the elderly in our community who want to remain in their homes but find themselves needing a little extra help to do so through her private duty nursing business. She is caring and compassionate in facilitating appointments, hospice support, and countless other tasks. In addition, she actively volunteers for the Grant County Taskforce on Homelessness and takes extra time to care for the shelter located on our property. In her spare time she enjoys reading, puzzles, kayaking, day tripping, traveling, and being in the kitchen.