Church Staff

Pastoral Staff

Rev. Nikki Baker
Lead Pastor
Pastor Nikki was ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2014. She holds a B.S. in Education and a B.A. in Spanish from Miami University. She received her M. Div. from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio with an emphasis on church renewal. Nikki served for two years as the pastor of Camden UMC, then was called to Central Ohio where she served as an associate pastor at Stonybrook UMC. She served Stonybrook in Gahanna for 7 years with a focus on discipleship, teaching, identifying and equipping laity to lead, launching new ministries, and administration. Before coming to Lancaster First, Nikki served as the pastor of Pataskala UMC for four years.

She and her husband, Matt are high school sweethearts, graduating from Valley View High School in Germantown, Ohio. They have been married for thirty years. They are parents to John (23) and Grace (20). John is a student at Ohio University, majoring in Fine Arts. Grace is a senior at Kent State and is majoring in American Sign Language. Their golden doodle puppy, Smidgen “Smidgie” is a new addition to the family and is looking forward to being Pastor Nikki’s sidekick at church and around town. Nikki is a nature-nerd, a birdwatcher, and a people-lover. Her favorite seasons are fall and spring—prime times for “bird migration.” She enjoys reading, spending time with family, hiking, and playing board games. Her greatest joys are walking with others as they explore their faith, learning and growing in community, and sharing the good news of God’s relentless grace and deep compassion for all people.

(740) 653-3330, ext. 1001

Philippians 2:5-11

Rev. Kathleen Kisner
Associate Pastor

Pastor Kathleen was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1999. She earned her B.A. in speech-communications and broadcasting from Otterbein College and her M. Div. from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Kathleen has served at a variety of churches in West Ohio, from small to large, rural to urban and brings a diversity of experience. She enjoys helping people find their ministry niche, discipleship and serves as spiritual director. She is married to Craig, and they have three children. Their oldest is James, recently returned to Ohio after serving in the U.S. Navy. Their middle child, Elizabeth, is a college student, and their youngest, Lila is still at home. Pastor Kathleen enjoys reading, photography, travel, playing the piano, and singing. Her favorite Bible verse is Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
    and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make straight your paths.

(740) 653-3330, ext. 1009

Church Staff

Judy Kraft
Mission and Outreach Director
(740) 653-3330, ext. 1002
Psalm 46:10
John Coen
Director of Creative Ministries
(740) 653-3330, ext. 1102
Matthew 6:33
Janie Burdsal
Youth Director
(740) 653-3330, ext. 1101
1 Peter 5:7
Clarence McCoy
Worship Arts Director
(740) 653-3330, ext.1004
Judy Hug
Caring Ministries Coordinator
(740) 653-3330, ext. 1003
James 2:17
Barb Hunt
Administrative Assistant
(740) 653-3330, ext. 1000
Parry Norris
Mary Grover
Child Care Provider
(740) 653-3330, ext. 1014
Lisa Schenck
Communications Specialist
(740) 653-3330, ext. 1008
Michael Belt
Financial Secretary
(740)653-3330, ext. 1007
Sarah Holley
Business Administrator
(740)653-3330, ext. 1005
Martin “Chip” Elder
Maintenance Technician
(740) 653-3330
Trish South

Lancaster First UMC

163 E Wheeling St.

Lancaster, Ohio 43130


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2095 West Fair Ave.

Lancaster, Ohio 43130