Our Staff


Bishop Trimble announced the appointment of Rev. Donna Lynn Ward as pastor of the Colfax United Methodist Church effective July 1.

Prior to her entering the ministry, Rev. Ward was a speech pathologist working in home health, rehab centers, and long-term care centers.

She received her Masters of Divinity from Anderson University in 2010 and served as pastor of the Fifth Street UMC in Anderson while a student in seminary. She was fully ordained as an elder in the United Methodist Church in 2014 and since ordination has served two point charges in Muncie and Greenfield, the Lighthouse UMC in Elizabeth, and Otterbein UMC in Lebanon, where she is also currently appointed. Rev. Ward will continue living and serving the Otterbein congregation in Lebanon in conjunction with her appointment here in Colfax.

Rev. Donna married Ken Ward on May 14, 2005 and they have a blended family of four adult children.



Our church Leadership

Joseph Wagner, Minister Emeritus

Lay Leader Rita Neidlinger
Chpr. Ad council, charge conf.sec Rita Neidlinger
Treasurer Craig Bowen
Lay Member to Annual Conference Harley Seymour
Finance Chairperson Ben Robertson
Financial Secretary Elaine Bowen
Trustee Chairperson Julia Hoffma
Church School Superintendent
Director of Youth Ministries/Camping
Director of Children’s Ministries
Coordinator of Worship Barb Tate
Director of Music Lauran Swain
Director of Church Growth
Director of MissionOutreach Lauran Swain
Director of Christian Unity Verna Lou Ferguson
UMW Representative Marilyn Bowen
UMM Representative Dan Tate
Member and Memorial Gifts Secy. Amy Heidt
Minister Emeritus Joe Wagner
Prayer Coordinator Anne Nash
Prayer Coordinator Joe Wagner
Pastor Parish Chairperson Shannon Cadwell
Discipleship/ outreach Reba Ream
Futuring Committee Elaine Bowen