Our Staff

Pastoral Team

Rev. Dr. Jane Florence

Senior Pastor

Reverend Dr. Florence came to Saint Paul United Methodist Church in July 2018 as the first female senior pastor to lead our historic congregation.  She brings 20 years of pastoral leadership in both large urban and small rural congregations. Her passion for advancing progressive theology and commitment to social justice announces 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.

Jane moved here from Omaha First UMC where she served for 11 years. She holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and a Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Chicago Theological Seminary.

Before her call to ministry, she taught high school English and served as a school principal in Corpus Christi, Texas. 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 kayaking, traveling, playing the Irish bodhram drum, and watching the seasons change in Nebraska. 

Jed Linder

Associate Pastor

Jed Linder was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended college at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, and then worked in the film and television industry in Hollywood, CA. After a career in entertainment of over ten years, Jed was called into the ministry and he obtained his Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary. He then served the church in Hollywood ministering to a diverse, urban congregation. 

Recently, Jed graduated from Duke Divinity School with an advanced Masters degree in Theology, and has since moved back home to Lincoln, Nebraska. His areas of emphasis include Biblical studies, Christian ethics, and preaching.

Ed Ostlund

Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry

Ed Ostlund was born in Omaha and raised in Papillion, Nebraska, where he attended St. Paul’s United Methodist Church for most of his life. He was very involved at the church, volunteering with youth group, mission trips and teaching confirmation. His plan was always to become a pastor, but when the religious studies program at UNO was discontinued, he made a radical change of direction and pursued a career in culinary arts. He worked as a chef for the next several years. 

After meeting his wife, Ed felt the call to return to the church. As he began the process of becoming a pastor within the UMC, he also began working as the Youth and Community Engagement Coordinator at Waverly First United Methodist Church. We welcome Ed to Saint Paul United Methodist Church in 2023 as our new  Associate Pastor for Campus Ministry. Ed also serves as the Regional Youth Coordinator for the Great Plains Conference and on the Board of Directors for Justice In Action, an interfaith non-profit fighting injustices in our community. 

Ministry + Office Team

Lora Sullivan

Administrative Assistant

Whitney Koehn

Director of Communications

Paul Robinson

Director of Music & Worship Arts
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Carly Kinney

Intern Youth Pastor
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Sherry Waldman

Financial Secretary
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Martha Robinson

Children's Coordinator
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Kaleb Wilkening

Assistant Director of Music
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Amy Williams

Outreach & Inclusivity
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Alan More

Building Manager

Church Council

Chair
Barbara Jacobson

Secretary
Cathron O’Connor

Treasurer
Gary Pohlmann

Annual Conf Rep
Brady Tolle
Carly Kinney
Gayle Starr

Lay Leader
Marilyn Moore

SP Foundation
Steve McKelvey

Mercy and Justice
Larry Dulgosh

Trustee Rep
Lynne Fritz

SPRC Rep
Shawn Haggadone

Finance Rep
Jerre Brammeier

UMW Rep
Karen Sondergreger

Family Ministry
Jennifer Clark

Property & Building
Alan Ebner

Trustees

Chair

2024
Pam Edwards
Corey Brubaker
Steve Flader

2025
Jim Cook
Kathryn Borman
Dave Wilcox

2026
Bob Snider
Jon Fritz
Tammy Ward

Lay Leadership

2024
Sue Corkill

2025
Addie Lancaster
Mary Fagler

2026
Judi Cook

Finance

Chair:
Jerre Brammeier

2024
Jerre Brammeier
Reed Olson

Council Chair
Barbara Jacobson

UMW Treasurer
Mary Starr

2025
Dee Griffin
Bruce Chapman
Charlene Dunbar

Lay Leader
Marilyn Moore

Finance Manager
Sherry Waldman

 

2026
Ron Jester
John Farrand
John Gale

Treasurer
Gary Pohlmann

SPRC

Chair:
Shawn Haggadone

2024
Lanny Nissen
Carmen Maurer
Joyce Michaelis

Lay Leader
Marilyn Moore

2025
Alan Cerveny
Shawn Haggadone
Ann Snider

Annual Conf Rep
Brady Tolle

2026
Chris Stone
Joan Griffin
Don Byrnes

Annual Con Rep
Gayle Starr

Saint Paul Foundation

Dave Wilcox
Nate Weiting
Ron Jester

Barbara Jacobson
Elise White

Josh Egley
Mary Danley
Bee Loomis
Beth Ann Brooks

Bill Fagler
Lynne Fritz
Reed Olson