Our Staff

Our wonderful staff is here to make First United Methodist Church of Loomis a warm and welcoming place for everyone. Below you can read the biographies and missions of our staff.

Alison Berry

Alison Berry

Senior Pastor

I am delighted to be the pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Loomis. I graduated from Pacific School of Religion with a Master of Divinity degree and have served in the following churches: FUMC San Leandro, FUMC Gilroy, San Ramon Valley UMC, Sierra Pines UMC, and Church of the Joyful Healer in McKinleyville. I enjoy all aspects of ministry — pastoral care, worship, small group activities, spiritual formation, preaching, teaching, mission trips, etc. I love being outdoors and possess a healthy spirit of adventure. I am deeply passionate about social justice issues.

Melanie Oliver

Melanie Oliver

Assistant Pastor & Christian Education Director

I have spent much of my adult life working in youth and children’s ministries, and have been with FUMC Loomis since 2013. In 1999, I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Religion from Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University, which is a satellite of St. Paul’s School of Theology, a United Methodist seminary in Kansas City. As Christian Education Director, I have the privilege of working with kiddos ages birth through 12th grade. It is a thrill and honor to have a bird’s eye view of their spiritual journey as they develop their own understanding of God and what it means to be a Jesus follower. I am grateful for the love and support they receive from our congregation as they grow up in the church.

Susan Goebel

Susan Goebel

Book Keeper/Administrator.

For almost 10 years, I have had the privilege of working for FUMC Loomis in overseeing our church’s finance and administrative areas. I’m responsible for all financial functions including accounts receivable, accounts payable, tithe recording, reconciling of accounts, production of all financial reports to Board members, financial liaison to the Board, and payroll. If you ever have any questions regarding these issues, please feel free to contact me at our office.

Ray Fisher

Ray Fisher

Musician / Choir Conductor

Ray oversees the music program at the church from the selecting of hymns for each service to leading and playing/singing in the Celebration Band for the 9am service; as well as playing piano or organ and directing the Chancel choir in the 10:30 service. He also joins with other church choirs in the area to bring additional singers and orchestral musicians together for our annual Christmas and Easter cantatas. Ray has a long history in Christian music and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame as part of a band called The Nelon’s in 2016.

Sharon Gipson

Sharon Gipson

Office Manager

After 19 years of being home with my two children, the Lord blessed me with the position of Office Manager with FUMC Loomis starting in October of 2011. I enjoy greeting people as they come in the door, answering the phone, being editor of the weekly newsletter, and basically being in the hub of the life of this church. Prior to this I worked a short time with Cornerstone Methodist in Rocklin, before it was closed permanently.

My husband and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this year, we have two sons, one has graduated from Sac State, and the other is at San Jose State University. We have attended Centerpoint Roseville Community Church for almost 12 years. In my free time, you will find me doing water aerobics at the Roseville indoor pool, walking our dog or working in my vegetable garden. I also enjoy traveling to new places.