Dr. Jane Florence

Rev. Dr. Jane Florence, Senior Pastor / ext. 1002

Dr. Florence came to First United Methodist Church-Omaha as the first female Senior Pastor on July 1, 2007. Her passion for advancing progressive theology and commitment to social justice has been a good fit for this congregation. Jane preaches a message of God's love for all people and reminds us of our challenge to be the hands and feet that work for dignity, inclusion and justice for all.

Since arriving in Omaha, she has led the congregation in new identity "branding" to foster greater awareness of our core values: welcoming, supporting, inspiring, challenging, and acting.

Prior to her move to Omaha, Jane lived her life in Texas where she led both small and large congregations near San Antonio and Austin. She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and completed her Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Before her call to ministry, she taught high school English and served as school principal. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Trinity University-San Antonio and two Master of Science degrees from Texas A & M - Corpus Christi.

She enjoys reading, throwing pottery, and watching the seasons change in Nebraska.

Dr. Cynthia Lindenmeyer

Rev. Dr. Cynthia Lindenmeyer, Associate Pastor / ext. 1006

Dr. Cynthia R. Lindenmeyer was confirmed at St. Luke's United Methodist Church (UMC) in Houston, Texas, beginning a roller coaster faith journey and eventual call to ministry as highlighted in a chapter of the book, Porcelain on Steel: Women of West Point's Long Gray Line. Her ministry trek is the wellspring of her passion for social justice, equality and inclusion of those without a voice.

Cynthia has broken numerous "stain-glass" ceilings as a woman and minister. She was the first woman platoon leader in an Infantry Brigade and Armored Cavalry Regiment, the first woman commander in Korea at a remote location in Wonju, South Korea, and the first woman civilian Chaplain to the United States Corps of Cadets at West Point.

Cynthia is the Online Chaplain for the American Public University System, an online adjunct professor of religion and ethics, and an advisor to the Secretary of Defense regarding women’s equality issues. She graduated from Duke Divinity School, completed coursework at the Blanton-Peale Institute and Counseling Center, and earned her Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2011.

Ordained by the United Church of Christ (UCC), she has pastored UMC and UCC congregations and currently serves on the Church and Ministry Committee for the UCC Nebraska Conference. Cynthia is married to Vince, and they have two energetic children, Carly and Luke. Cynthia loves teaching Zumba and Spin at the local YMCA.

Rev. Chase Wilhelm

Rev. Chase Wilhelm, Minister of Education / ext. 1008

Rev. Chase Wilhelm is our Minister of Education. Chase joins our staff to give leadership to our excellent teams of volunteers working with children, youth and adult faith studies programs.

New to Omaha, Rev. Chase Wilhelm is most recently from Chicago where he is a Ph.D. candidate at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, in the field of Theology, History, and Ethics. Chase is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and holds a M.Div. from Eden Theological Seminary and a Th.M. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Chase is also an Army Chaplain currently serving in the reserves and has a background in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) and domestic incident response.

Having lectured at NATO conferences on the psychological and spiritual impact of domestic incident trauma he continues to be active in the fields of critical incident stress management and faith based models for holistic healing.

Eager and excited to fill the call of the Minister of Education, Chase is ready to bring his gifts and talents to the community here at First United Methodist Church-Omaha. Dedicated equally to religious education, social justice ministries, inter-faith dialogue, and faith formation Chase hopes to foster an atmosphere that is acutely attentive to both communal growth and personal discernment that will support both the broader mission and vision of the congregation as well as embolden and enable the personal journey of each member of the community.