Lay Leadership Bios

Donna Potter

Donna Potter

Donna Potter is one of our co-lay leaders this year.  She lives in Fremont and works full time in Palo Alto.  She has been a member of our church for over 20 years and enjoys helping with worship, including occasional pulpit supply.  Donna likes to travel, read, garden and do needlework of all kinds.

 

 

 

Kathy & Mark Wetzell

Kathy & Mark Wetzell

Mark and Kathy Wetzell have been members of FUMC since 1981. Kathy is currently serving as chair of Ministry Council; Mark is serving as treasurer and they are both ushers. Kathy is a retired elementary school teacher and Mark is a retired Administrative Law Judge. They both enjoy traveling, going to Lake Tahoe, and spending time with their three grown children and two granddaughters. Mark also loves riding his bike on the many trails in the Bay Area and at Lake Tahoe.

 

 

Hospitality, Worship, Discernment Committees & Choir

Valerie McLauchlan

Valerie McLauchlan has been singing in the church choir since coming to FUMC in 1989. Since recently mostly-retiring after owning her own sign business, she has had more time to support the church’s hospitality and worship, and leads a Discernment group to plan for the future of the church property. Valerie’s love of baking and entertaining comes in handy when hosting church events. Her husband, Tom, also sings in the choir and is active in church leadership on Trustees, and together they have been enjoying traveling, and discovering the joys of little grandchildren.

 

Marjorie Peckham

Marjorie Peckham

Marjorie Peckham lives in San Jose, California and has been a member of Fremont First UMC since 1990.  She leads the Intentional Faith Development group in the church overseeing the Sunday School and Youth programs and adult small study groups.  She is a member of the Lay Leadership committee,  Council on Ministries, and Worship committee.  She enjoys participating in the worship services as an usher and a liturgist.

Marjorie is a retired elementary teacher who continues to stay connected to the education world by substitute teaching, assessing students, and volunteering in the Berryessa Union School District.  She has a daughter in Seattle, Washington and a son in San Jose.

Barbara Wiley is the chairperson of the finance committee and has been a member of Fremont Methodist Church since 1970. She’s retired from the Fremont School District, enjoys being a grandma to four grandsons,likes to read, travel,and  enjoys square dancing with her husband.

Martha Crowe  is the chair for Passionate Worship, a member of the Lay Leadership Team and President of the local unit of United Methodist Women.  She sees her role as working together to explore ways to make our connection with God ‘alive’ and meaningful.  She is blessed by her family, friends, and opportunities to grow in her faith. She finds her life also enriched through volunteering with community based organizations, enjoying the arts and exploring our amazing world.

Becky Denevan has been a member of FUMC since 1985, and has represented our church as a delegate to the California Nevada Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for the past several years.  Becky feels this is a great honor for she experiences true spiritual growth and the wonderful companionship that comes with meeting every year with hundreds of pastors and delegates all praising God.

Becky is married with two grown children.  She is a retired technology solutions consultant from Kaiser Permanente and now spends much of her time cycling.  Becky also is a sign language interpreter and she loves the occasional opportunity to sign to special hymns in church; an offering which our congregation seems to enjoy very much.