Staff


St. John’s Ministry Team

 

Accompanist (Piano and Organ)

Melissa Toedtman     

melissatoedtman23@gmail.com

Bookkeeper

Jaclyn Gomez

jaclyn@sjumcsantafe.org

Child Care Providers

Annabel Durst
Moni Rivera

 

Coordinator of Connections & Discipleship


Coordinator of Music Ministries

Russ Fletcher     

russ@sjumcsantafe.org

Coordinator of Support Services

Nixie (Goff) Sanderson

nixie@sjumcsantafe.org

Coordinator of Youth Ministries

Jennifer Nevdahl     

jennifer@sjumcsantafe.org

Custodian and Building Supervisor

Sam Cisneros

Night Watchman

Charles Garcia

Pastor

Revd Bradley Bennett

brad@sjumcsantafe.org
505-982-5397, ext 103


Russ Fletcher - Coordinator of Music Ministries
Originally from Northern California, Russ is a lifelong lover and student of music, and has been performing since childhood. Much of his early musical experience consisted of singing in church, but it eventually expanded to include the exploration of many different instruments through school and church programs alike. After high school, he moved to Denver and was involved in many music groups, as well as leading the music at a variety of churches. While in Colorado, he met his amazing wife, Amy (also a musician), and they were married in 2002. Eventually, they relocated to California, where Russ completed his Bachelor of Arts in Music degree at California Lutheran University in May of 2014. One month later, they moved to Albuquerque, where Russ completed his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting at UNM in May of 2016.

Santa Fe is now home for Russ and Amy, as well as Rosie and Sigmund, their canine and equine "kids." Along with singing and acting, he enjoys playing many different instruments and making music with others. Russ believes that music connects people in profound ways, speaks to our souls, and moves us to understand our place in the universe more completely.
Jennifer Nevdahl - Coordinator of Youth Ministries
Jennifer Nevdahl is originally from Spokane, WA. She grew up going to Sunday School at Our Savior’s Lutheran church where her great grandparents were charter members. Her free-time in high school was spent attending youth group activities, playing in the youth hand bell choir, and attending as many weeks of summer camp as she could. She also served on the Lutheran Youth Organization as a representative for Eastern Washington/Idaho Synod. This gave her the opportunity to travel to several different conferences and youth gatherings all over the United States.

Jennifer attended Whitworth University in Spokane for her BA in English. During college she spent her summers working at Camp Lutherhaven where she washed dishes, led hikes, taught bible study, and sang a lot of camp songs around the fire. After college, she worked as a youth director in Coeur d’Alene, ID. Two years later, she went back to Whitworth to work on her Master’s degree in Education. While in graduate school, she worked part-time as a youth director at a local church

She has been teaching English and social studies for nearly 20 years. Her first teaching job took her to the Menaul School in Albuquerque. Five years later, she moved to Colorado Springs to teach middle school English. Most recently, Jennifer has been teaching middle school at Desert Academy. Her daughter, Abigail, is a freshman at Desert. Jennifer is excited to be part of St. John’s UMC and has loved getting to know the youth of the church and all of the church members.

Jamye St.Romain - Coordinator of Connections & Discipleship Ministries Jamye is currently serving as the Director of Adult Education at First United Methodist Church, a large congregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is also a Teaching Artist in the Gifted & Talented Art Program at a Baton Rouge public high school (her alma mater). For most of the last 15 years, Jamye has been an active lay leader in her home congregation and has also served the Louisiana United Methodist Cursillo community, providing weekend spiritual retreats that are a short-course in Christian faith.

In 2007, Jamye completed a one-year training program with the Academy for Spiritual Leadership and the Louisiana United Methodist Conference. She has led numerous small group Bible studies, as well as a number of short courses on creativity and spirituality, prayer, and Christian spiritual practices. She has served on the leadership team of several different Christian spiritual retreats and guided the development of small covenant groups. Currently, Jamye is completing a para-professional certification training program in Spiritual Formation Leadership through the General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of the United Methodist Church, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Jamye believes that God has prepared her to serve as Coordinator of Connections & Discipleship Ministries. She is fascinated with exploring the connections among participants in the creative process and living a spiritual life as a Christian disciple. Jamye is thrilled to have the opportunity to live in Santa Fe and begin her work on Friday, June 9. Jamye “fell in love” with New Mexico over 8 years ago and is “leaving home” to be part of a growing spiritual community of service, St. John’s, in the name of Jesus Christ.
She and her family relocated to Dalhart a little over two years ago from Enid, Okla., where they were members of the First United Methodist Church. She was raised and confirmed in the United Methodist Church, attending Putnam City United Methodist Church as a youth and Church of the Servant as a young adult. Both are located in Oklahoma City. She still listens to the sermons from Church of the Servant each week. 


Nixie Sanderson - Coordinator of Support Services
Nixie Sanderson is joining the team as the new coordinator of support services. She comes to St. John’s along with her husband of five years, Jeff, their four-year-old daughter, Madison, and Jeff’s nine-year-old son, Connor. 

Nixie is joining us from Dalhart, Texas, where she is the managing editor of The Dalhart Texan newspaper. She has been working in the newspaper industry for approximately 10 years. In Dalhart, they are members of the First Baptist Church. Jeff and Nixie both serve on the communications team for the church. Recently, they have started recording testimonials for baptisms, which has allowed her the opportunity to learn some video editing. She has also started photographing activities in the church, such as baptisms and kids programs, for keepsakes, as well as to be used for outreach projects for the church.

In her professional newspaper experience, Nixie has created print products from concept to final publication. In addition to standard newspaper publications, she has also created high-gloss magazines for publication and other specialty projects. She has been responsible for writing, editing, photography, design and even sales.
She is greatly looking forward to the opportunity to take the skills  learned in the newspaper industry and apply them to a ministry that will allow her to serve others. Nixie believes that God has prepared her for this area of ministry through each of the steps she has taken in her professional, personal, and faith journey. She believes there are so many opportunities to bring people into the family of Christ and is excited to develop those opportunities with the team at St. John’s.

She is excited to continue her Christian walk with the congregation at St. John’s United Methodist Church.

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