Three new Field Outreach Ministers named

March 28, 2013

Bishop Julius Calvin Trimble has announced that Rev. Jaye Johnson, Rev. Melissa Drake and Rev. Katharine Yarnell will be the three new Field Outreach Ministers for the Iowa Conference.

Rev. Dr. Jaye Johnson, who will be serving the South Central District, is currently the pastor at United Faith Church and Community Center in Sidney, Iowa and the Thurman-Riverton Church. 

Jaye received his BA in Mass Communication from Buena Vista University, Master of Divinity from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Ministry from Saint Paul School of Theology.  Prior to his appointment in Sidney, Iowa, Jaye has served Fellowship UMC in Muscatine, and St. Paul & Wesley UMC in Calamus and Grand Mound.  He has had a number of leadership roles within the Iowa Conference including HCI Pastoral Leadership Development Facilitator, HCI Coach, District Revitalization Taskforce.

Jaye's heart and passion lie in cooperatively building the kingdom of God, assisting congregations in moving from church to kingdom, from membership to discipleship, and hope for the future. 

Rev. Melissa Drake will be serving as the Field Outreach Minister for the Southwest District.  Melissa is currently the pastor at the Hancock and Silver Creek UMC. 

Melissa received her BA in English Literature from Dordt College and her Master of Divinity from Drew University Theological School.  Prior to her appointment in Hancock, Iowa, Melissa served a the Volunteer Coordinator for the Center for United Methodist Aid to the Community in Patterson, New Jersey, and as the Program Coordinator for Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Center in Greig, New York.  

Melissa has a heart and passion for ministry and believes that by loving the neighbors in our communities, there is a future with great hope in the Southwest District. 

Rev. Katharine Yarnell will be the Field Outreach Minister for the North Central District.  Katharine is currently the Director of Campaign Giving at Grandview University

Katharine received her BS in Cellular Biology from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, and her Master of Divinity from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.  Prior to her position with Grandview University, Katharine served as the Annual Fund and Alumni Relations Director for Wartburg Theological Seminary, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Athol, KS, and Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Stanhope, IA. 

Katharine’s desire is to serve God and is committed to building His kingdom.  She believes that the UMC is poised for increased mission work as she sees the Holy Spirit moving across Iowa, into the hearts and minds of God’s people. 

“I am pleased to welcome these three persons to be Field Outreach Ministers,” Bishop Trimble said.  “Each has proven gifts and experience for this important ministry.”