Our Mission


To Live in Faith, Justice, and Joy.


Provide a Place at the Table for All Seeking a Home.


Inclusive, Progressive, Generous, and Wesleyan.

Meet our staff


Rev. Nate Melcher

Senior Pastor

Pastor Nate Melcher started with Richfield United Methodist Church on July 1, 2019. He holds a BA in Film Studies, MFA in Creative Writing, and an M.Div (Luther Seminary). Previously, he was the Associate Pastor of Faith Dev […]


Kathy Gertsema

Business and Administration Coordinator.

She has degrees in accounting and business administration. Kathy’s duties include managing financial transactions for Richfield United Methodist Church and Caring for Children which includes payrol […]


Linda Schmidt

Programs and Communications Coordinator.

Linda’s duties include coordinating general office operations and support for Richfield United Methodist Church’s ministry programs and activities, and by serving as the central conduit of informat […]


Rev. Hope Bentley Hutchison

Director of Children, Family, and Community Ministries

Hope works with kids and families on Sunday mornings, teaches the children at Caring For Children once a week, and coordinates most of Richfield UMC’s events that engage the wider com […]


Kay Bergeland

Parish Nurse.

Kay strives to integrate faith and health and serves as a spiritual companion in both health and illness. She utilizes her professional nursing skills to focus on the intentional care of the spirit.  An advocate, counselor, […]


Nancy Dierauer

Music Director, Organist.

Nancy duties include facilitating a ministry grounded in grace by empowering, training and supporting the congregation to minister through music. She manages all aspects of the church’s musical program.  She is t […]


Catherine Mahler

Caring For Children Director

Catherine has been in the field of early learning either as a volunteer, teacher or in leadership for over 20 years. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education with the addition of an Early Childhood Teachi […]


Victor Zupanc

Living Waters Music Director.

Victor’s duties include facilitating a ministry grounded in grace by empowering, training and supporting the congregation to minister through music. He is the Primary keyboardist and director leading music fo […]


Paige Armstrong

Paige Armstrong is an accomplished teacher, singer and nationally awarded conductor.  In the last two years, she was awarded first place in the graduate division of the NATS-MN competition and the divisional MTNA Young […]


Garrett Johnson

Youth Leader

Garrett Johnson is our Youth Leader. He is a lifelong United Methodist, who has worked in multiple UMCs before landing here. Garrett is excited to equip our youth with new and traditional ways to live out their faith in their […]