St. Mark's Ministry Team


  • Bonnie Koeppen - Senior Pastor

    Pastor Bonnie is an Ordained Elder in the Iowa Conference of the United Methodist church. She began serving at St. Mark’s as the Senior Pastor in 2014. She has been in ministry for over 15 years and is passionate about sharing Jesus with others through prayer, worship, preaching, teaching, mission work and giving.

    She is one of 11 children from a blended family and grew up in a small town in Iowa. She has been married to her husband Steve for over 42 years and has 3 grown children all married and 5 grandchildren. She loves spending time with her husband, children, and grand-children and extended family as well as walking, reading, hiking, and biking, 


    Connect with Bonnie:

    bonnie.koeppen@iaumc.net

  • Nicole (Nicki) Karns - Administrative assistant

    Nicole recently moved to the Cedar Rapids area from Marshalltown with her boyfriend Shannon and her four children Kristopher, Nicolas, Gionni, and Maleiah. She comes to St. Mark's with many years of office experience, and she is so excited to join the St. Mark's family. In her free time, Nicole likes to take her jet ski out on the lake, go to the races (dirt track), go shopping, and spend time with her kids and Shannon. Want more information about how to get involved in the church? Check with Nicki!


    Connect with Nicki:

    adminassist@stmarksumccr.com

  • Nicole Williams - Worship Team Leader

    Nicole Williams is a third-year student at the University of Iowa pursuing two degrees: Pipe Organ Performance and Education Studies and Human Relations. She is also the founder of a startup company: BSharp, an app that digitizes music education. If not in church, you can find her snuggled up with her two cats, Mildred and Chester, reading a book. Nicole is excited to share her faith through music, prayer, and teaching with St. Mark's. Want to be involved in the church's music or tech ministries? Connect with Nicole!


    Connect with Nicole:

    nicole@stmarksumccr.com

  • Jennifer Petersen - Youth Leader

    Jennifer is a native of Cedar Rapids, she attended Squaw Creek Elementary, McKinley Middle School, and graduated from Washington Senior High School. She then attended and graduated from William Woods College in Fulton Missouri, majoring in Legal Studies and Computer Information Systems. She is married and has three children. Jennifer has taught many years of Sunday school classes, many summers of VBS, and co-led Confirmation classes. She graduated from the UMC School of Lay Ministry and enjoys preaching and teaching. Questions about our Youth Programming? Check with Jennifer!

    Connect with Jennifer:
  • Helen Armstrong - director of African ministries


    Helen is a retired teacher who has found a new love of working with African immigrants and refugees. She does lots of government paperwork to help get citizenship and green cards for refugees. She founded African Women Empowered, a non-profit business employing African  refugees several years ago. Helen loves being a mom, grandma, and great grandma; and she spends as much time as possible with her family. She also has a passion for travel and has been to  all 7 continents and many countries. She is looking forward to adding more countries to that list! Looking to help out with African Ministries? Chat with Helen!


    Connect with Helen:

    armstronghm@hotmail.com

  • Klyde Ledamo - Pianist

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  • Michele Gibson - Pianist

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  • Jeff Stobb - pianist

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