The staff at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church are here to Help and Lead:

Joy Mitchell – Senior Pastor

Pastor Joy Mitchell joined the staff at the United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon on July 1, 2016.  Joy previously served at First United Methodist Church of Indianola as the Associate Pastor from 2015 to 2016. She graduated from Asbury Theological Seminary in May of 2015, with a Master of Divinity, and is a Provisional Elder in the Iowa Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before attending seminary she worked at Compassion International in Colorado Springs, CO. Ask her about Compassion sometime, she’d love to tell you more about it! Joy is a graduate of William Woods University, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Equestrian Science. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks on local trails, spending time with her husband, crocheting, and exploring new outlets for her artistic side. She and her husband, Weston, enjoy living in Mount Vernon and all of the festivities this town has to offer. They enjoy sharing meals and playing games with friends. Weston is employed at ACT in Iowa City. The best way to reach Joy is at


Mark Johnson – Associate Pastor 

Pastor Mark Johnson joined the staff at United Methodist Church of Mount Vernon on July 1, 2016.  He leads the Christian education programs which includes Confirmation and partnering with our youth director for Middle School and High School Youth Groups. Mark previously worked for West Music in Coralville and West Branch United Methodist Church as their staff musician and youth group volunteer. He is currently attending seminary at Iliff School of Theology and he is a graduate of Central College. In his free time he enjoys reading, watching movies, cooking, and playing with his Great Dane Hugo. He and his wife Alexis have one daughter Magdalene or “Maggie”. Rev. Alexis serves as lead pastor at West Branch United Methodist Church in West Branch, Iowa.   You can reach Mark at



 Julie Baty- Congregational Care Coordinator

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Rosa Moss -Custodian
Alison Dix- Office Manager

Melissa Oxley  – Nursery Care

Jo Harman  – Membership Administrative Assistant
Jo's Photo for Web

Joleen Woods  – Chancel Choir Director

Kristi Keast – Hand Bell Choir Director


Karen Stoll  — Church Organist/Pianist & Choir Accompanist

Youth Director- Andy Knapp 

Sunday School Coordinator – Brittany Booth
Maintenance & Repair
Event Coordinator
Barb Shepley