Pastors and Staff


Rev Dawn Blundell, Senior Pastor

Pastor Dawn was born and raised in Reno, Nevada, and is a great lover of the desert, mountains, and rivers of northern Nevada. She has been in ministry for nearly 20 years, and has served as Senior Pastor for 15. She was thrilled in July 2017 to be appointed to Epworth UMC, and feels incredibly blessed to serve alongside this group of kind, devoted, generous Christian people.

Laura Butcher, Administrative Ministries

Laura Butcher is our friendly, organized administrative assistant. Laura and her family have been members of Epworth UMC for over 20 years. She and her husband Craig are members of the choir and praise band, and their young grandchildren are among the most entertaining of the Sunday School class! If you have any questions about the life of the church, Laura is an excellent person to ask.

Angelina Irby, Communication Ministries

Also our nursery adviser, Angelina helps manage our website and our Facebook page, helps create advertising to let folks know about good stuff happening at Epworth and in our community, writes our newsletter, and in general works to help folks stay informed and inspired. She is another excellent person to ask any question about the life of the church, especially with regard to children's ministries.

Jackie Warburton, Music Director

Jackie is our wonderful, patient, creative, PATIENT, inspiring music director. She directs the choir and oversees the praise band, chooses hymns and songs for worship, helps create special worship services, and is an integral part of providing spiritual nourishment for the church. Jackie is a deeply prayerful person, who laughs often and loves much. If you have ever wanted to sing with a choir, or have any thoughts about music, Jackie would love to hear from you. 

Mike Irby, Pianist

Mike has been playing piano for 50 years, ever since his parents made him get piano lessons. Turns out, he loved it! After graduating high school, Mike went to BYU Provo to study piano and organ performance. We are blessed to have Mike as part of our church family.

Angelina Irby and Macky Hollings, Nursery Care

Our friendly, hardworking Angelina also provides child care during worship in our nursery! She LOVES working with young children, and has her first aid and CPR certification. Macky Hollings is also in the nursery every Sunday morning and loves working with children! They would love to meet your little ones! 

Our Church Administrative Leadership


Grant Mills, Church Council Chair

Doug Coval, Lay Leader

Steve Russell, Board of Trustees President

Paul Grumstrup, Staff-Parish Relations Chair

Jeanie Fahl, Finance Ministries Chair

Jake Coval, Treasurer

Program and Mission Leadership


Marylou Grumstrup & Ashlee McGarity, Children and Family Ministries

Barbie Hertz & Kelly Frost, Adult Ministries

Steve Endacott, Scouting

Donna Strickland, Hospitality

Kathy Fraker & Ron Evans, Fallon Daily Bread

Jerry Noonkester and Margaret Knox, Food Pantry