Meet the Staff

Pastor Brian Smith

Pastor Brian Smith, his wife, Rebecca and their two college aged kids Luke and Katie come to Warsaw First UMC having transferred here from the Florida Conference to be closer to family. Pastor Brian loves getting to know people, hearing about their life journey and helping the church connect to the surrounding community with the Good News of Jesus. He loves being out in nature; playing and watching sports; is a closet weatherman; and will eat just about any candy you put in front of him. He has a passion for seeing the church engage in and transform the community through the love of God.

Ann Baker - Church Office

Ann is the Business Manager and Financial Secretary for Warsaw First. However, there is much more… membership records, newsletter, worship folders, and whatever else happens to come her way (yes, unclogging toilets!). Ann grew up in the Etna Green and Bourbon areas and moved to Fort Wayne for secretarial school. Then stayed and worked for a large corporation, an investment company, and a non-profit educational facility. After 35 years she came back “home” and began work at Warsaw First in January 2008. She sings with the Sanctuary Choir and Praise Team and plays with the Ginn Handbell choir. Ann spends her free time with family and her dog Miss Pepper; reading and working in her yard.

Mandy Bailey - Children's Ministry

Mandy has attended FUMC her entire life! She was an elementary school teacher for 10 years and now serves Warsaw Community Schools as a mental health counselor at the high school. Mandy loves spending time with her family - Dave (husband), Keller (13), and Finn (11). They like to travel, be outdoors, read, and adventure together. The Baileys have lots of animals, and enjoy their small hobby farm. She works part time, which allows her to also lead the children's ministry programming at FUMC. She loves working with kids, creating engaging experiences for them, and helping them identify what faith means to them. Her goal is always to help kids identify their strengths, and to develop an understanding of how to make a positive impact on their families, schools, and community.

Courtney Sale - Youth Ministry

Courtney graduated from Indiana University and worked for a spinal implant company in Texas for about five years. She and her husband, Billy, moved back to their hometown of Warsaw about a year after their first child was born. Courtney now stays at home with their three children: Parker, Garrett & Amelia. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, hanging out with family & friends, and reading when she has the she doesn’t read very often. This is her first year working with the Youth Group and is looking forward to what the next year has in store!

Brian Brauchla - Music/Worship Director

Brian Brauchla comes to us from Rockville/Lebanon Indiana after teaching middle school music for 33 years. He and his wife Cheryl moved to Warsaw to be closer to their 4 grandchildren. Brian, having been involved in church music for 40 years, really felt God‘s presence and was in the right place at the right time to fill a Music void at First United Methodist Church. Brian serves as the Music/Worship director/choir director/handbell director assistant praise team director

Deb Bishop - Praise Team Director

I have been Praise Team Director for almost 5 years. I have also accompanied the choir for just over 2 years. I have served in the Community Closet since it’s beginning. Brad and I moved here from Columbia City 21 years ago. My bachelor’s degree is Music Therapy with a concentration in piano. Brad and I like to travel. I also enjoy volunteering in the community, I am quite involved at Wagon Wheel Center for the Arts. I have three children and two grandsons. They keep me busy!

Mandy Ferguson - Communications Coordinator

Mandy graduated from Purdue University and worked in the food manufacturing industry for 7 years in Indianapolis and Chicago. Her husband, Daniel, and she moved to Warsaw when they were expecting their first child, Henry. Mandy now works at Ferguson Farms in Leesburg and also works as the Communications Coordinator of Warsaw FUMC. She enjoys spending time with her family, baking, reading, and working outside. Mandy is excited to help get the word out about Warsaw FUMC and promote them through their website, social media, and general advertisements throughout Warsaw!