Church Staff

Rev. Steve Bascom | Pastor

Rev. Stephen Bascom, Sr. grew up in a large family on a small farm in Nottingham, NH. Called to pastoral ministry from the age of 5, awakened to Christ as Savior, baptized in the Holy Spirit, Steve has served as a United Methodist pastor for 30 years in churches in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He received a BA from the University of New Hampshire and dual-degrees, MDiv and MRE, from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1990. His wife, Jude, a talented artist, was an educator and director of theater throughout southern New Hampshire before retiring due to disability. They have three adult children: Stephen, Jr (wife, Melissa and son, Jonah), Elle and Gabe.

Carla Daigle | Church Administrative Assistant

Pianist / Organist

Position Open - Please contact if interested in this opportunity to support worship and ministry.

Choir Director (Director of the Wesleyan Singers)

Position Open - Please contact if interested in this opportunity to support worship and ministry

William Buzza | Bell Choir Director

William "Bill" Buzza has directed the handbell program at the church since 1993. Bill first started ringing handbells in the youth handbell choir at the Grant Memorial U.M.C. in Presque Isle, Maine, and has been involved in the art of handbell ringing ever since. Bill earned his B.M. degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine in 1993 and his M.S. Ed degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New England in 2010. Bill teaches music at Edward Little High School in Auburn, Maine and has guest conducted at various honors music festivals and Maine handbell conferences.

Cherie Downing | Christian Education Director

Cherie lives in Poland, Maine and is married to Stan (Butch) Downing. She has been a member of UMCA for more than 15 years, has sung in the choir and has served on numerous Church committees. Cherie retired after 37 years of teaching at Minot Consolidated School, including 25 years in Grade 4 and the remaining years as the Language Arts Teacher for Grades 6, 7 and 8.

Sharon Flowers | Nursery Care Provider

Sharon Flowers retired 5 years ago from a job she held for 23 years and moved here to Maine to be closer to her son & his family. Mrs. Flowers says "Being asked to take care of children in the nursery has made me happy, given me many hours of laughter & love. It has made me feel like a part of another whole big, loving family.

Peter Poliquin | Church Custodian

Peter was born and raised in Lewiston. He graduated from Lewiston High School. He has two daughters which are both teachers. Jennifer teaches 6th grade at St. Dom's and Nicole teaches History at Leavitt Area High School. He also has a grandson named Charlie. Peter enjoys the outdoor activities such as fishing, boating and hunting. When he was younger he participated in amateur boxing. He has been working for the UMC for 15 years.

Members of the Leadership Team

United Methodist Church of Auburn

Committee on Nominations and Leadership Development Roster for 2022

Updated, 1/13/2022


Church Staff/Officers/Assistants

Ministry Team: Members of the Congregation

Pastor:  Rev. Stephen Bascom, Sr. (2016)

Administrative Assistant: Carla Daigle (2020)

Lay Leader: Joel Irish (2015)

Church School Superintendent: Cherie Downing

Wesleyan Singers Director: Beth LaBrie (2017)

Handbell Choir Director: William Buzza (1993)

Park Ave. Pickers Facilitator: George Matthews

Organist: Judith Kuhn (2015)

Custodian: Peter Poliquin (1998)

Beacon Editor: Edith Ellis

Membership Secretary: Sharon McGilvery

Nursery Care: Sharon Flowers (2016)

Parish Nurse: Lucille Webber (1999)


Church Council

Chair: Lucille Webber (2021)

Recording Secretary: Bruce Hall

Lay Leader: Joel Irish (2015)

NOW Co-Chair: Donna Manson (2022)

Christian Education: Kay Little

Missions Chair: Pat Titus (2020)

Worship Chair: Wanda Sprague (2017)

Music Representative: TBD

Finance Representative: Marcia Hennessey (2019)

Trustees Representative Paul Bisson (2020)

Staff-Parish Relations Chair: John Derouche (2018)

Financial Secretary: Marcia Hennessey (2019)

Treasurer: Donna Stewart (2020)

Church School Superintendent: Cherie Downing

UWF President: Lucille Webber

Scout Liaison: Bruce Hall

Lay Member to AC: Lucille Webber (2018)

Member-at-Large: Caroline Coffin (2018)

Program Leadership


NOW Team

(Nurture, Outreach, Witness)

? Co-Chair (2022)

Donna Manson, Co-Chair (2022)

Sharon McGilvery, X, Membership Secretary

       2022 2023 2024

Donna Manson Ruth Southworth     Sharon Folker

Cindy Visbaras               Dorothy Brooks     Donna Stewart

Suzanne Biddle     Benda Mower       Pat Thomas


Missions Team

(Missions, Advocacy)

Pat Titus, Chair (2020)

           2022     2023 2024

   Marcia Akers         Sharon McGilvery       Janet Irish

   Marcia Baxter Pat Titus   Helen McKinley

Mission Projects:

   High Street Food Pantry – Leroy Brown, David MacMahon, Mary MacMahon

   Thanksgiving Baskets/Giving Tree – Pam MacDonald, Jan Wilkinson


Christian Education Team

(Faith Formation)

Kay Little, Chair/Sec

Cherie Downing, X

          2022       2023 2024

Mary MacMahon               Kay Little     Larry Jordan

 Rev. Russ Peppe       Carol Christopoulos     Megan Spiller

 Caroline Coffin           Beth Woodhead     Cherie Poole


Vacation Bible School: Cherie Downing, Director

UMYF Leaders: Cherie Poole, Caroline Coffin (2019)

Faith Journey: Sue DeRoche

Faith & Family Facilitator: Caroline Coffin (2018)

Men’s Fellowship Breakfast: Don Malpass, Joel Irish, Steve Bascom


Worship Team

(Prayer, Worship, Spiritual Disciplines)

Wanda Sprague, Chair (2017)

Joel Irish, Lay Leader, X

2022 2023 2024

    Brenda Bisson   Kathy Gleason   Peter Keniston

   Wanda Sprague Stephanie Therriault   Marcy Kenison

   AV Team: Len Lednum, Joel Irish, Nancy Lander, Steve Bascom, Don Malpass?


Music Team

(Instruments, Choirs, Bells)

George Matthews, Co-Chair (2019)

Scott Kenison, Co-Chair (2019)

Judith Kuhn, X

Beth LaBrie, X

William Buzza, X

       2022         2023 2024

George Matthews           Caroline Coffin Rev. Joe Beardsley

Gordon Sweet Scott Kenison


United Methodist Women

Lucille Webber, President

Sharon McGilvery, Vice-President

Jan Wilkinson, Treasurer

Shirley Keene, Secretary

Cindy Bragdon, Ruth Circle

Pat Thomas, Judy Sargent, Naomi Circle

Cherie Downing, Chris Conant, Christmas Fair co-chairs


Mission Support

Board of Trustees

Gary Bain, Chair (voted by Trustees, January 2020)

Debra Danforth, Vice-Chair (2020)

Joel Irish, Lay Leader, X

            2022 2023 2024

      Tim Lander       Gary Bain     Paul Farnsworth?

    Debra Danforth       Paul Bisson     Judy Sargent

     Larry Jordan     Tom Mower


Staff-Parish Relations Committee (SPRC)

John Derouche, Chair

Joel Irish, Lay Leader, X

Lucille Webber, Lay Member to Annual Conference, X

         2022 2023 2024

John Derouche   Rosemary Malpass     Betty Young

Shirley Keene     Nancy Lander     


Finance Team

David MacMahon, Chair

Lucille Webber, Church Council Chair, X

Joel Irish, Lay Leader, X

Donna Stewart, Treasurer, X

Marcia Hennessey, Financial Secretary, X


     2022           2023 2024

David MacMahon     Scott Efland     Tim Worden

Kathy Gleason     Frank Thomas


Assistants to Financial Secretary: Janet Irish (counter, 2021), Judy Worden (counter, 2021), Kathy Gleason (counter, as needed)

Assistant to Treasurer: Carla Daigle (2020)


Nominations and Leadership Development Team

Rev. Stephen Bascom, Chair, X

Joel Irish, Lay Leader, X

      2022 2023 2024

Brenda Bisson   Kathleen Cormier       Penny Price

Marjorie Smith     Nancy Holler     Judy Worden


Notes:  According to “The Book of Discipline”, paragraph 244.3, the pastor is the administrative officer of the church and, as such, is an ex officio member of all conferences, boards, councils, commissions, committees, and task forces unless otherwise restricted by “The Book of Discipline”. The Lay Leader is also an ex officio member of program and administrative committees, attending as able.


X – Ex Officio