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 also serves as the Online Chaplain for the American Public University System, providing ministry to a very diverse population. 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. Cynthia is married to Vince, and they have two energetic children, Carly and Luke. Cynthia loves teaching Zumba and Spin at the local YMCA.