Rev. Dr. Melodie A. Jones Pointon
Sr. Pastor/Head of Staff
Melodie grew up in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and has always had a great love for Christ and for the church. She has served at Presbyterian churches in Idaho, Washington State, Arkansas, New Jersey, Michigan, Mississippi, and Nebraska. Her passions are pastoral care, preaching, teaching and administration. Her husband, Steve, is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. Together they have two children. She is a graduate of Whitworth University, Princeton Seminary, and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Seminary.
Rev. Thomas Dummermuth
Associate Pastor for Congregational Life
Rev. Thomas Dummermuth moved to Lincoln in January 2013. Originally from Switzerland, he came to the U.S. in March 2011. Until the end of 2012, he served as the Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church of Ravenswood and First Presbyterian of Ripley, West Virginia. Rev. Dummermuth holds a Master of Theology from the University of Bern, Switzerland. Thomas’ wife Jenn, a native of Schuyler NE, is a physician at Bryan Health. They most recently became the proud parents of their little son Micah.
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.
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.