102 East Main Street, Epworth, IA 52045 9:00am-Sunday School; 10:00am-Worship

Our Staff

Stephanie_SchlimmRev. Stephanie Schlimm,

Rev. Stephanie Schlimm became Pastor of Epworth United Methodist Church on July 1, 2012.  Pastor Stephanie is a San Antonio, TX native, but comes to Iowa by way of Katy, TX where she served as an Associate Pastor at Holy Covenant UMC for four years (2008-2012).  Before that received a B.A. in Spanish and Special Education from Southwestern University (2005), and then earned her M.Div. from Duke Divinity School (2008).  She lives in Dubuque with her husband and three children.

Pastor Stephanie’s Email: pastorstephanie.umc@gmail.com




Emily Sprunger, Administrative Assistant

Emily Sprunger is currently in her senior year at University of Dubuque, and plans on attending University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in the future.  She is originally from Keokuk,   She has worked at Pictured Rocks Camp and Youth for Christ, and has a passion for camping ministry and children’s ministry.





Rachele Rickels, Choir Director, Pianist and Lead of Music Ministry.

Rachele Rickels has been surrounded by and loved music since early childhood.  Rachele is a lifetime member of the American Choral Director’s Association and served as a music educator in the Western Dubuque Community School District for 34 years. There she taught music at all grade levels Pre K through High School, directed numerous musicals, choirs and instrumental groups and served as both a cooperating teacher for student teachers and as a mentor for teachers new to the field. Rachele lives in Worthington with her husband Doug where she continues to substitute teach and enjoys gardening and her grandchildren.





Amy Streck, Pianist

Amy Streck teaches 5-8 choir and general music at Drexler Middle and Intermediate School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education, graduating magna cum laude from Luther College in 2011.  While at Luther, Amy was a member of the Nordic Choir. In the spring, she enjoys directing the fifth grade musical and being the musical director for the Western Dubuque High School musical. During her summers, she enjoys traveling, particularly to the Colorado mountains!




Shelly Rollins, Friday Meal Coordinator/Chef

Shelly loves people, cooking and helping people cook. A resident of Dyersville and 2014 recipient of the Woman of the Year Award for her many hours of serving the community, Shelly continues to use her talents in food preparation for the Friday meals here at EUMC. Shelly has been a director and trainer with Pampered Chef since 1996 and we are blessed to have her serve us as chef. She will also be in charge of LOGOS.






Tom Clemen, Custodial Support

Tom and his wife, Rita live south of Epworth.  Tom is serving on the Trustees commitee, helps with Education and also with Bread Distribution.  Tom is also a member of the Men’s Group.  Tom served in the US Air Force.  Tom and Rita have been members of Epworth UMC for 5 years.






Cassie Leitzen, Youth Leader

Cassie loves helping our youth learn to build stronger relationships with God, and each other. She works hard to make EUMC youth group a safe space for all teenagers. Cassie currently works for the Eastern Dubuque School District, and has spent 9 years working with youth in both school and church camp settings. She has a bachelor degree in Physical Education from Cornell College. Cassie enjoys rock climbing and spending time with her bearded dragon.





Brenden Pattee, IT/Media Consultant

Brenden has recently moved here from Idaho.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree and several years of working experience in the business/technology field.  He is a graduate student at UD, and has a passion for helping animals. Brenden will be working in the office on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.