Meet Our Staff

We would love to meet you! 
Come for coffee every weekday @ 10am & 3pm ... or stop in anytime! 

Pastor Paul Manson
 Lead Pastor

Pastor Paul has just began his ministry with Huron First as of July 1, 2017!  Welcome Pastor Paul!

More info to come!


Laura Hemenway
Adult Discipleship  / Door to Core Coordinator

Laura "wears many hats" here at the church.  Her responsibilities range from overseeing hospitality, to missions, to adult discipleship! She & husband Jeff are experts in growing an impressive garden & vineyard at their acreage NW of Huron.  But Laura's real passion is for helping others grow in their love for Jesus through classes, small groups & service. 



Jared & Jodi Cass
Co - Christian Education Directors

Jared & Jodi make up two-thirds of our amazing Christian Education Trio.  Along with Holly Lathrop, the three work together to lead the children's ministry program at Huron First.  The Cass Family is a "handful!"  No! Not what you are thinking!...Even though they do stay busy, we mean 5 in number!  Jared, Jodi, Emily, Payton & Delaney make up the Cass Family..  You may even meet Jared preaching at Huron First on occasion  So no matter where or how, Jared & Jodi are anxious to connect with you and your family!



Holly Lathrop
Co-Christian Education Director

Holly teams up with Jared & Jodi Cass to make up our Christian Education staff trio.  She is also the wife to Pastor Jeff!  Between raising two boys, Noah & Izaiah, church ministry and spending time with family & friends both Pastor Jeff & Holly feel very blessed.  Holly's desire to raise her family in Christian values & teachings carries over into her desire to help raise up the young ones in the church in these same values.  She loves chocolate, iced latte's and her husband, although not in that order!


Teresa Smith
Organist / Pianist

Teresa and husband Bryan live in Huron where she is also a teacher in the Huron School Dist.  Teresa holds the title of music director and plays for 11:00 ROCK. She is a gifted musician and finds joy in using her talents to help create an atmosphere of worship to our Lord & Savior!  God has also gifted her with a sense of humor.  This gal is hilarious and her fun & witty personality just happens to follow her wherever she goes! 



Ted & JoEllen Schlechter

JoEllen is the main housekeeper at the church & when she needs a little extra help she calls upon her right-hand man, husband Ted!    This duo works together to help keep the  building in tip top shape through all the business the ministry of this church can throw their way.  When they are not busy at the church, they enjoy going to the movies and hanging out with the grandkids!



Rhonda Jasmer
Kingdom Kids Learning Center
 Preschool Director

Rhonda is passionate about preschool which is why being the director of KKLC is a perfect fit for her!  She values the privilege of teaming with families in the education of these young children all within the context of sharing Jesus love for each of them.   Rhonda and husband Jerry enjoy spoiling grandkids when they can & appreciate the value of good friends.  Rhonda also enjoyed her first "cattle drive" on horseback at the family ranch this year!


Rashelle Hofer
Kingdom Kids Learning Center Preschool
Classroom Teacher

Rashelle comes with years of experience in the school district and is extremely  excited about working with families to create a foundation of learning that will set them up for a successful future.  Rashelle's positive & uplifting personality is contagious to those around her.  She is thrilled to work with families to education & inspire students to become lifelong learners.


Rita Hilgedick
Kingdom Kids Learning Center Preschool

Rita and husband Paul {Yes! The maintenance man!] moved to Huron from their home state of Missouri several years ago but we are glad they found a church home at First UMC.  As you can believe, Rita stays quite busy cleaning up after all the little hands and feet of the preschool!  She also happens to be the leader of the church missions team! Did we mention, she has quite the green thumb in gardening!


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Pastor Jeff Lathrop
 Associate Pastor

Pastor Jeff is the new kid on the block and a South Dakota native who grew up in Aberdeen. He also serves as the coordinator of the Dakotas Conference Council on Youth Ministry. Pastor Jeff has been in ministry for 19 years now and 14 of those 19 he served as a youth pastor. His favorite scripture is Romans 3:23 because it’s a humble reminder that we are all in need of God’s grace. 


Jill Meyer
Office Secretary

Married to Jason, they have three creative, energetic kiddos, Caleb, Camden & Lily.  Managing this busy family helps prepare her for her various duties of scheduling the many church activities & assisting the various ministry teams of the church. Did we mention, we are an active church!  However, she does get some down time when camping with her family.  FYI: If you are into campfires, ask her about "campfire cones"...this is something you need to know about!


Rey Colon
[REVIVE] HS Youth Ministries Director

Rey and wife, Danielle are proud parents of Diego, Ava, & Camila!   Rey leads the REVIVE HS Youth program at the church and many times you can find Danielle by his side helping.  It's important to both of them to introduce Jesus into the lives of our youth in a fun & relevant way.   Of course, they stay very busy with everyday life but in their down time they like to find the beaches of Puerto Rico to visit his family!


Cheryl Brotherton
Nursery Coordinator

Cheryl has her hands full with the job everybody wants...rocking the babies & teaching the toddlers!  She coordinates volunteer helpers for both the baby & toddler nurseries at the church. 
Cheryl has two grown children of her own Macey & Carter who can be found in the nursery many times as her right hand helpers.  This family values their time caring for your children so you can participate in worship & classes with peace of mind.  


Cheryl Hofer

Cheryl is the main pianist for both the Sat. 5:30pm  & Sun. 8:30 worship services.  God has gifted her as a talented musician known throughout the community and she enjoys playing for the Glory of the Lord each and every week.   Cheryl has "knocked the socks" off the congregation many times with her musical talent...."Woah Wait!...
She's done it again....Where ARE MY SOCKS!"


Curt Reindl
Technology Coordinator

Curt is the "go to guy" for the sound and technology needs of the church.  You can find him most Sundays and Wednesdays in the sound booth managing the sound & video for each of the services.   Curt is married to Angie, who happens to be a worship leader at 11:00 ROCK. They have two energetic boys, Dylan & Jase who like keep them hoppin' too!  


Paul Hilgedick

Paul is a man of all trades!  His wide variety of skills help to keep things in working condition here at the church.  When it comes to fixing, building, & maintenance issues he is "right on target".  Paula & wife Rita use much of their free time serving in various ministries at the church.  Paul not only
"hits the mark" at church but also at the gun range!  His  sharp shooting has earned him awards by  participating in shooting competitions throughout the US. 


Lori Entwisle
Kingdom Kids Learning Center Preschool
Afternoon Teaching Assistant

Lori is the teaching assistant for the afternoon KKLC preschool class and loves every bit of it!  Her desire is to help guide these little ones to learn & grow in knowledge, skill & self-worth & to make a positive impact in each of their lives.  The smile on her face is worth a thousand words...and it is visible from a mile away.  Lori keeps on smiling when it comes to husband Jim and the smile gets even bigger when they are spending time with family & friends at their cabin at the lake!  


Jen Bragg
Kingdom Kids Learning Center Preschool
Morning Teaching Assistant

Jenn is married to Rich and have two marvelous kids, Charlie & Ellie who like to keep mom and dad on their toes with their outgoing personalities!  Jen has been an active volunteer in the preschool for several years and is now especially excited to begin her first year on staff as the morning teaching assistant.   Jen originally moved to SD from frigid MN and holds onto her background by LOUDLY cheering for the MN Twins!