Danny Gleason - Senior Pastor
Pastor Danny, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, has served United Methodist congregations for 25+ years, and began as our Senior Pastor in July 2016. Pastor Danny is a graduate of Southwood High School, Centenary College of Louisiana, Saint Paul School of Theology Seminary and has completed his Doctor of Ministry Degree from Wesley Theological Seminary. He has served on the ministerial staff of Summer Grove UMC of Shreveport, LA, First UMC of Olathe, KS, First UMC of Bossier City, LA, and as senior pastor of Moss Bluff UMC in Lake Charles, LA, St. Francisville UMC and Benton UMC.
In his free time, Pastor Danny enjoys playing golf, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife Beth and their ten-year old son Matthew.
Gwen Keller - Ministry Coordinator
Gwen has been Ministry Coordinator at St. Charles UMC since 2012. She works with committees to plan activities and communicate them with constituents and to the community. She also disseminates information on learning opportunities and assists in engaging volunteers to cover the variety of programs offered by our busy church. She enjoys working with the children and youth as well as facilitating small group studies. With a Master’s Degree in Special Education, she is retiree from 33 years of public school teaching in Louisiana. She is also certified in Spiritual Direction and Formation.
Karen Nauck - Church Secretary/Office Manager
Karen has been Church Secretary/Office Manager at St. Charles UMC since 1999. Karen maintains the duties of the church office and helps with music for the Preschool Program. She is involved with her own church, where she sings in the Church Choir and serves as Children’s Ministry Director. Prior to coming to SCUMC, she worked in banking for 21 years.
Wesley Chambers - Music Director
Wesley Chambers is the new Director of Music Ministries at St. Charles UMC. Wesley grew up in Porterdale, Georgia outside Atlanta where he was active in his church's UMYF ministry and was the drum major of his high school marching band. Wes attended Birmingham-Southern College where he earned a Bachelor of Music Arts in Pedagogy, specializing in Tuba and brass. Since moving to New Orleans in June 2017, he works as a teacher and administrator for the NOLA School of Music. Wes holds music to a high stand and values intentional worship.
Patty Loftus - CDO Director
Patty Loftus joined the SCUMC Children’s Day Out Preschool Program in 1996 as the interim Director and has remained as Director for the past 18 years. She has enjoyed working with all of the SCUMC staff and is grateful to have shared this ministry with so many wonderful children and families from all over the River Region. Patty holds a Master’s degree in Elementary/Early Childhood Education from Louisiana State University.
Mike Clay - Webmaster
He's the tech guy that has a hard time writing engaging messages. While not a trained IT specialist, he's been playing with web programing before pictures were allowed on the web.