Faith United Methodist Church
About Faith United Methodist Church
Faith United Methodist Church, founded in 1882, has existed ever since to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. We are broken, imperfect people trying to love a broken, imperfect world into the arms of Christ.
Faith United Methodist Church is located in the heart of residential Sleepy Eye. Through programs such as Jesus and Me, Vacation Bible School and Dinner on Us, we want to make ourselves visible and available to the people of our town. We truly do our best to "love our neighbors as ourselves" as Jesus commanded in Matthew 22:39.
Interested in learning more?
Pastor Clint Evans and his wife Samantha moved to Sleepy Eye in June 2015, along with their three young daughters, Kaylynn, Kelly and Trinity. Evans received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary this year and is a Provisional Elder vying for full ordination (God willing) in the Minnesota Annual Conference within the next couple years.
Pastor Clint is thrilled to see what God is doing among the people of Sleepy Eye, MN and the congregation of Faith United Methodist Church. He especially has a heart for the unchurched and those who have been hurt by religion or the church. “The horror stories I have heard from many people about how they have been scarred by the church haunt me. I want Faith UMC to be a refuge where one can encounter God through Jesus Christ (and the congregation), not a place where one feels judged or an outsider.”
When he is not “pastoring”, Clint enjoys spending time with his family and enjoys football to an unholy level, including playing fantasy football. Clint also still puts the pads on, as he plays semipro football during the summer. Pastor Clint would love the opportunity to talk about Jesus and/or football with you (as long as it isn’t about the Packers).
Brenda Marti, Administrative Assistant
Shirley Tennant, Lay Leader
Gina Nienhaus, Young Adult and Youth Leader
Shirley Tennant is a preschool special education teacher here in Sleepy Eye. Her unfathomable patience with children also makes her an amazing asset to Jesus and Me (JAM) at Faith. In addition to JAM, Shirley also participates with the praise team and ministers to shut ins.
When she's not working or volunteering at the church, Shirley plays bass clarinet for the New Ulm municipal band. She also enjoys sewing, crocheting and piecing puzzles.
Shirley has been attending Faith UMC for eighteen years, ever since she and her husband Greg were married.
"It feels like home," says Tennant. "It's been incredibly exciting to be a part of the Jesus and Me program, to watch children and families rediscover and reconnect with Christ. That's what it's all about."
Gina and her husband Wayne, married for sixteen years, have four children: Kolten, Martina, Winsten and Carsten. For the last ten years Nienhaus has been a "stay-at-home" mom volunteering in the school, church, community, and the various activities that her children are involved in. The Nienhaus family lives in Sleepy Eye on farmland that has been in Gina's family for several generations.
Of Faith UMC Nienhaus says, "I love the family feeling and the support. I can connect and have a relationship with someone from 0-100. I enjoy the bonds that I have formed. The people are just a great group of people to be around."
"And who is my neighbor?"
“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”
The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”
Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
Brenda Marti married her husband Floyd and began attending Faith UMC forty-four years ago. They have two daughters, two granddaughters and two grandsons. In her spare time, Brenda Marti enjoys gardening and participates in a bowling league every fall.
Marti has been the secretary at Faith for, "Well, let's see," she calculated. "My daughters were in junior high...thirty years, maybe?"
Brenda likes Faith UMC because it helps to keep her belief in God alive and active. Her favorite aspects of the Sunday service are the sermon, the congregation's sharing of joys and concerns and also the children's messages, which make her laugh.
"Faith feels like a family. I have always felt welcome," says Marti.