The Staff at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church are Here to Help and Lead

Joy Mitchell – Senior Pastor

Pastor Joy Mitchell

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 via email at:

Julie Baty- Congregational Care Coordinator

Contact Julie at

Alison Dix- Office Manager & Assistant Treasurer

DIX-ALISON-84Alison Dix has been a part of the team since 2011 and enjoys keeping everything running smoothly around the building and with our communication. She grew up outside Mount Vernon on a farm, and now lives here in Mount Vernon with her wife Mel and their 2 dogs. She is creative, a writer of a someday to be published book or two and enjoys spending time with her large extended family. Feel free to contact with any and all questions.

Melissa Oxley – Nursery Care

JEFFREY-MELISSA-102Melissa serves  as our nursery attendant and takes great care of the kids.

Joleen Woods – Chancel Choir Director

If interested in joining the choir, contact Joleen at

Kristi Keast – Hand Bell Choir Director

Kristi_KeastIf interested in joining the choir, contact Kristi at

Karen Stoll – Church Organist/Pianist & Choir Accompanist

Karen works to make our traditional worship very melodic on the organ and piano.

Brittany Booth – Sunday School Coordinator

Brittany Booth is very active in leading our Sunday School program.

Maintenance & Repair – Trustees

Contact Jeff Walters or Kevin Woods, Co Chairs of Trustees.

Barb Shepley – Event Coordinator

Barb is active in worship setup, events coordination and making sure our church runs smoothly any way she can. We are grateful for her service as she mostly volunteers her time and energies. If you have a question, she is a great resource. You can contact her at brshepley (the @ symbol)