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Welcome New Members!

We’re glad to have you as part of Plymouth’s faith family. Welcome!

Charla Bruce
Charla is a lifelong church-goer. She grew up in Colorado, and has lived and loves the Midwest. She has a daughter, Kat, who is a grad student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. Charla is retired from a career in university fundraising. She is currently president of the Alpha Delta Pi House Corporation in Ames, and has volunteered for many years with the Ronald McDonald House.

Paul Hovey and Megan Burkett
Paul is a computer engineer for a tech firm and Megan is a project manager for a marketing and advertising agency. Both are Des Moines natives and recently engaged! They now reside in the Waterbury neighborhood with their cat and French bulldog. Paul grew up attending Plymouth through high school and is excited to reaffirm his faith with Megan and find ways to get involved. They enjoy cooking and all things outdoors, especially hiking and biking. You can find them spending Saturday mornings supporting local coffee shops.

Rev. Dr. Bob and Bev Croskery
Bob and Bev recently moved here from Cincinnati, Ohio. They wanted to be closer to family. They now love at Wesley Acres. Bob is a retired Congregational UCC pastor. Bev loves Plymouth and is excited that she can finally sit next to Bob in church, instead of watching him at the pulpit!

Heather Groben
Heather Groben lives near Plymouth Church with her husband, Luke, and nine-year-old son, Broderick, who sings in Treble Choir. She is a developmental psychologist and teaches courses in research methods and biostatistics to health science students at Drake University. Heather is passionate about lifelong learning and enjoys reading, writing, cooking, meditation, and spending time outdoors locally and in northern Minnesota.

Barbi and Briggs Hamor
The Hamors are transferring their membership from Worthington Presbyterian in Columbus, Ohio, after moving to Des Moines last month. Briggs is a regional president with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. Barbi was an ad executive, who is trying to decide what to do next. They have two grown children, a son in Minneapolis and a daughter in Bloomington at Indiana University, and a husky.

Sarah Hayes
Sarah is an internal medicine physician at McFarland Clinic in Ames. She chose Plymouth as her church home because she feels Plymouth does a great job of living out the command of Jesus to love your neighbor, by welcoming immigrants and feeling the hungry. She is looking forward to getting involved in the many opportunities that Plymouth offers. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Jim, and their two teenage daughters. She enjoys hiking, travel, book club, and being a member of Moms Demand Action.

Ann Hutchings
Ann was born and raised in a small town in Connecticut. She headed west for college, a few years in California, and then law school where she met her future husband, Steve Hutchings. Following school, they went to Alaska for adventure and stayed 45 years. Their four sons were born there. Steve is a native Iowa, and last year they moved here.

Desira Johnson
Desira is transferring her membership from UCC in Urbandale. Desira is a special education teacher for the Pleasantville School District. She has one daughter and is about to be a grandma to twin boys. She volunteers in many school activities. Currently, she is completing The Master Gardener volunteer program. She is looking forward to meeting new friends in the Plymouth family.

Sharon Lahn
Sharon is transferring her longtime membership at the Grinnell UCC after moving to Des Moines last year. Her ties to Plymouth go back to 2008 when her son Ethan was confirmed here. When she is not travelling for work or to see family, she enjoys live music, biking/walking, cooking, and Steelers football. Sharon is looking forward to becoming part of the Plymouth family.

Kathleen Laurila
Kathleen returned to Des Moines from Minneapolis last year when she retired from an organization that protects civilians in conflict zones without the use of guns. As a volunteer, she continues to work for justice at the United Nations. In her first career as a commercial interior designer in Des Moines, she saved oodles of fabrics to use “someday.” Now that day has arrived and her sewing machine is unpacked.

Marie Nalan
Marie is from Minnesota, but moved to Des Moines about five years ago. She recently graduated from Drake University. She loves to knit and craft, and she have a black cat.

Debi O’Connell

Danielle Reier
Danielle is originally from Minnesota and is an ESL instructor for DMACC. She’s a recently widowed mother of twins, Violet and Collin. They love reading, listening to audio books together, and spending time with their pets. Danielle has been attending Plymouth off and on for over 12 years. She is looking forward to her kids participating in Confirmation and to giving back to the Plymouth community, which has been so kind to them.

Conner Standfield
Conner is an admissions counselor at Grinnell College. He was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico before attending Grinnell College, where he earned a degree in sociology and theater. Conner is looking forward to joining this community of faith and serving the church and community, however his time and talents permit.

Allie and Peter Strobel
Allie recently moved to Des Moines with her husband, Peter, who is one of the TiM pastors at Plymouth. Allie is currently a tutor to people with dyslexia and other similar learning struggles. She enjoys crafts and doodling, as well as walks in nearby parks. She is thrilled to get to join such a lovely and welcoming congregation.

Layton and Jan Stump
Layton and Jan currently live in West Des Moines, but are moving to Scottish Rite Park next year. Layton is retired from working in credit union. Jan is a retired teacher, which included 14 happy years at Plymouth Nursery School. They are looking forward to calling Plymouth their new church home.

Jim Taylor

Jon and Barb Yankey
Jon and Barb are joining the church by reaffirmation of faith. They were members of First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Iowa. Jon is a part-time physician with Unity Point, and Barb is a retired hospice social worker. They are interested in social justice programs working to secure the future for their three grown children, five grandchildren, and citizens of our country.