Staff

Rev. Dr. Melodie A. Jones Pointon : Sr. Pastor/Head of Staff

Rev. Dr. Melodie A. Jones Pointon

Sr. Pastor/Head of Staff

 

Growing up in Idaho, Melodie has always had a great love for Christ and for the church. Melodie received her Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Seminary in May 2017 and has served at Presbyterian churches in Idaho, Washington State, Arkansas, New Jersey, Michigan, Mississippi, and finally here in Nebraska! Her pastor husband, Steve, is from Belfast, Northern Ireland, and together they have two children, Phoebe and Eli, and a 4-legged friend named Pebbles.

(402) 488-7844
mjonespointon@eastridge.org
Rev. Thomas Dummermuth : Associate Pastor

Rev. Thomas Dummermuth

Associate Pastor

 

A native of Switzerland, Thomas moved to Lincoln in 2013 by way of West Virginia. Thomas holds a Master of Theology from the University of Bern, Switzerland. As the Associate Pastor he is in charge of adult faith formation, intergenerational activities, outreach and other fun things like Bistro Theology. His wife, Jenn, a native of Schuyler, NE, is a physician at Bryan Health. Together, they're the proud and exhausted parents of two toddlers, Micah and Jonah.

(402) 488-7844
tdummermuth@eastridge.org
Donna Gustafson : Office Manager

Donna Gustafson

Office Manager

 

Donna moved to Lincoln in July of 2013 after serving at Sheldon United Methodist Church in Sheldon, Iowa for 12 years as Children’s Ministries Coordinator. In addition to her work as Administrative Assistant at Eastridge, she photographs families, children, and weddings when she can find time! Donna’s family includes her husband, Joel, who is administrator at Surgical Associates in Lincoln, two sons, Mason and Adam, and a daughter, Audrey. Mason works at Capital Heating & Air Conditioning and participates in local theater, Audrey is here in Lincoln at UNL, and Adam works at Rodizio Grill in downtown Lincoln. Donna enjoys keeping up with everything going on at Eastridge and loves getting to know the congregation. In her spare time she enjoys reading.

(402) 488-7844
dgustafson@eastridge.org
Patty Niemann : Organist, Pianist, and Music Coordinator

Patty Niemann

Organist, Pianist, and Music Coordinator

 

Patty’s journey as a church organist began when she was 12 years of age and her home church needed someone to assist with their Sunday morning worship services. After six organ lessons, she played for her first worship service and before she was 13, had played for several funerals and weddings. Her love of playing the organ and piano continued to be fostered while attending Nebraska Wesleyan University. Her love for teaching music spanned 34 years as a vocal music specialist with Lincoln Public Schools and the University of Nebraska/Lincoln. Having grown up as a “flower child” in a flower shop during the 60’s and 70’s, she loves to foster her creative side by arranging “bouquets of love” for friends and family. God’s gifts and blessings to her have been abundant and her heart is always the fullest when she is with her family which includes a precious grandson. Patty’s prayer is that she may always bring glory and honor to the Trinity through her music and her life.

(402) 488-7844
Brian Lew : Director of Adult Choirs

Brian Lew

Director of Adult Choirs

 

Brian Lew is a proud New England native who moved to Lincoln in August 2016 to pursue new musical opportunities. This is Brian’s first church he is serving and is excited to help amplify God’s Word in worship through the power of music. Before moving to Lincoln, Brian spent two years living in Newfoundland, Canada completing his Master’s degree. He is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of Nebraska in Music Performance and hopes to pursue a career in church music. When not in school or at Eastridge, Brian enjoys cooking and discovering local cuisine.

603-490-6423
brilew09@gmail.com
Madeline Noonan :

Madeline Noonan

 

Madeline Noonan was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska and has always had a passion for children and music. She has been a summer day camp instructor for Air Park Recreational Center and the Lincoln Children's Museum. Madeline recently graduated with a Music Education Degree at Doane University and will be the General Music Teacher at Riley Elementary starting in the fall of 2017. She is thankful that she is able to share her deep faith in God, through music, with children at Eastridge.

402-890-9246
Will McGuire : Contemporary Music Director

Will McGuire

Contemporary Music Director

A Lincoln native, Will’s love of music was instilled at a young age by family whose roots in music go back many generations. He has recorded multiple albums and been a part of the Lincoln music scene since he joined his first band at age 12. His history includes being a part of several praise bands in churches across Lincoln. Will has a passion for serving Christ through his music.

402-488-7844
wgm1994@gmail.com
Kris Adler-Brammer : Director of Children and Youth Ministries

Kris Adler-Brammer

Director of Children and Youth Ministries

A native Nebraskan, Kris grew up in Grand Island. Since High School, Kris knew she wanted to work with young people. After graduating from Nebraska Wesleyan University, she worked at Boys Town teaching life skills to many young people. Even while working at Boys Town, being in ministry with young people has always been a passion for Kris. Over the past 25 years, Kris has served the church in a volunteer and full time youth worker role in both children’s and youth ministry. Her husband Kris “Bubba” Brammer is a native of Virginia and is the Director for Christian Education at First Presbyterian in Lincoln. Kris and Kris share their home with their four-legged fur child, Wrigley.

402-488-7844
dcym@eastridge.org