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Our Pastor
     My name is Steve Ziebarth and I will have the privilege of serving as your pastor. My wife Kathy grew up on a farm north of Roswell, SD. I grew up in Madison. We met when we were both students at Dakota State College. We were both heavily involved in music and that has continued to be an incredible source of enjoyment for both of us. Kathy served as a teacher for 30 years. I taught instrumental music for five years and have directed church choirs for more than 30 years.
     We have been married for over 40 years and have two grown children. Our daughter Hillari and her husband Brian live in Omaha. They have one daughter, Reilly. Our son Jon and his wife Gesine live in Sioux Falls. They have two children Finley and Meta. We enjoy our time with the kids, but really love the time with our grandchildren.
   We are very excited to be in ministry with you at Canton United Methodist Church, and in ministry to the Canton community. The Canton United Methodist Church has a very rich history and has provided a strong and vital Christian ministry. We look forward with eager anticipation to the prospect of getting acquainted with all of you, becoming a part of the Canton United Methodist family, and working together with you as we continue to do the Lord’s work.
In the Master’s service.
 
 
Office Manager
     Hi my name is Kristi .  I am the office manager and ready to serve all who come to our church.  
    I love music so you will most likely find me singing along with the radio in the church office. I look forward to each new day in the office as only God knows what he has in store for us and how our lives will be touched by his presence.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Worship & Children's Ministry Coordinator
     Hello, my name is Laurel. 
I attended Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, SD and graduated with a Degree in Elementary/Music Education.  My husband Nate, and I have four children: Colton, Kyle, Kaden, and Carlee.  
     In my spare time I like to do photography, play guitar, camp, horseback riding, and I am an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician with the Canton Ambulance Service.
    I have been involved in Worship and the Praise team "One Way Up" at CUMC for 18 years.  I also love singing with the church children every Wednesday night!   I praise God every day for the gift of music in my life. God is so good!
 
 
Youth Guy
  My name is Terry.  I currently reside in Canton with my wife, Tiffany and our two children, Justin and Heather. I am currently employed by Lincoln County and work for the Department of Transportation I have been involved in youth minsitry for the past 14 years.
     In my spare time I enjoy coaching the various sports my children participate in, listening to music, working TECs and spending time with my family.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Organist
     Hello my name is Edna.  I started playing for Canton Methodist church on April 16, 1954. I have also played at the Catholic Church for Saturday night Mass for over 18 years now
     I was raised on a farm. When I was an 8th grader, I had my own tractor and worked in the field with my father. This continued all through high school when I started the office job. Then I would take my vacations to "walk the beans". My father owned a threshing machine, and I was on the threshing run going from farm to farm to thresh for neighbors. Before I was allowed to drive a car, I had to change four tires, so I always changed any flat tires until I got married. 
    Music has always been a part of my life. My father played the cornet and the bass horn. He played with me as I played the piano.
 
 
Friend-Ship Preschool Teacher
     Hi! My name is Jonette, and I am the teacher at Friend-Ship Preschool. I grew up in Canton and graduated from Canton High School. I have worked in education since graduating from Drake University with a degree in elementary education. For three years, I taught first grade in western South Dakota. I have also worked with children as a substitute teacher, teaching assistant, tutor, nanny, and Sunday school teacher. Preschoolers are my favorite age group to teach. They are so excited about learning, and I enjoy getting to start them on their learning journey.