Pastor Bill Deskin


Pastor William “Bill” Deskin

Pastor Bill Deskin was born in Davenport Iowa and then moved to Des Moines area when he was three. He lived his whole life in the Des Moines area except for the four years spent in the U.S. Navy. Bill worked a couple of jobs before entering into the ministry. His first job was as a security and fire alarm installer and repair technician traveling a three state area.  He then went on to work for the cable industry in Des Moines which lasted for 33 years retiring in December of 2012. Bill was called by God into the ministry several years ago when he went to school to become a second career pastor. Bill’s first appointment was with Immanuel UMC in Des Moines Iowa as the Associate Pastor whose main focus was congregational care.

Building relationships and caring for others has always been a focus for Bill. Since coming to Emmanuel there has been a drive to help Emmanuel and the Granger community to build a caring relationship with and for each other. Bill has helped a committee bring into play an organization called “Volunteer Community Services of Granger” VCSG. This organization’s primary goal is to help people be able to stay in their own homes as long as safely possible. It is through programs in the church that reach out to the community and the churches willingness to be part of an ecumenical movement through sharing the love of God that brings joy to the heart.

Bill has a wonderful family of which he is extremely proud of and blessed by. His family consists of and begins with his lovely wife Anna Marie; they have been married for 39 years. Anna Marie was born and raised in North Dakota and went to college at Moorhead State University in Minnesota. Anna Marie is presently the Director of Music at Immanuel UMC in Des Moines and a very talented musician. Anna Marie has a heart for people and shares her love through her gifts of music and relationships. Their oldest daughter Dianna, works for Holmes Murphy Insurance and is a talented musician vocally and plays the flute. Dianna has many creative and caring talents and she shares through her quilting and photography. Their youngest daughter Bethany is an Elementary Music Teacher in Des Moines at Stowe Elementary School. She is also talented in music vocally and plays the French horn. Bethany is married to Ryan Schmitt and together they have given us two very handsome young grandsons Bennett and Jude. Bethany and Ryan are both very musical and share their gifts with the church. Bethany also shares her gift of photography through sharing her insights in that creative field. Both girls graduated from Grandview College and have lived in the Des Moines, Iowa all of their lives.

Music is and always has been a very important part of the Deskin household and God has blessed us with the ability to share that gift of music with others.

Dee Ann Green

Administrative Assistant

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Dee Ann has served in her current position for 26 years overseeing many daily operations of the Church including communications, membership, finances, facility scheduling, and supporting the food pantry. Dee Ann and her husband Steve currently reside in the Beaverdale area of Des Moines. Dee Ann is originally from Lamoni, Iowa and attended college in Warrensburg, Missouri. Dee Ann enjoys antiques, traveling, outdoor activities, the Iowa State Fair,  and spending time with her five children. Dee Ann enjoys working with EUMC and its members as a small but growing church.

Barb Chambers


Barb enjoys a unique history with the EUMC as she was both baptized and married at EUMC. Barb has been married for over 50 years and has been blessed with four daughters and twelve grandchildren. Barb and her husband Ross lived in three different states before returning to Iowa in 1981. During this time, Barb had the pleasure of serving as youth choir director and chancel choir director. Upon returning to Iowa, Barb has served EUMC in several roles including Sunday School Music Programs, Chancel Choir Director (17 years), and worship accompanist. 

Judy Schmitz


Judy serves the church in various ways including worship accompanist, Worship Committee Board member, and At-Large Administrative Council member. Judy has a love of fine arts that included 35 years as a vocal and instrumental teacher. Judy retired as a music teacher, however, presently serves as one of the directors for the Madrid Performing Arts Council.

Administrative Council

As governing body of EUMC, the leadership team is tasked with planning and implementing a program of nuture, outreach, witness, and resources in the local church. Additionally, the Administrative Council is tasked with providing administration of the organization and temporal life. These duties are assigned by the Book of Discipline of the United Methodist church.

Administrative Council – Meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month.  These folks are the people to contact with any questions or concerns.  

Gail Ritter – Chairperson

Gail has been a member of EUMC for almost 30 years and has served the church in many capacities including Nominations Committee, Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee, Finance Committee, and Trustees. Gail resides in Granger with husband Pat. Gail and Pat share two adult children and two grandchildren. Gail worked in the healthcare industry for 42 years and retired in 2010.

Tawnya Fields – SPPRC Chair

Dennis Newel – Trustee Chair

Jil Proctor – Finance/Stewardship Chair/Recording Secretary

Jil serves as the chairperson of the Finance/Stewardship. This committee is charged with developing an annual budget, reviewing expenses, and verifying expenditures for the church. As chairperson, Jil acts as a liason to the other church groups to keep expeditures transparent based on the intents of the group. Jil her husband, Dick, are long term members who live in Johnston and have 2 adult children and 3 grandchildren. 

Greg Walton – Lay Leadership

Greg currently serves the church in roles as a Lay Leader, Mens Group, and also the Nomination Committee. Greg is a long term member and was married at EUMC. As a member on the nominations committee, Greg works to find members to serve on various boards according to their interests and skills. Greg is married with one daughter and enjoys volunteering with Woodward Granger School System.  

Brenda Willis – Lay Leader

Brenda serves EUMC in sevaral capacities including Lay Leader for the Granger EUMC acting as Liturgist, Communion Service,  and Pulpit Supply. Additionally, Brenda assists in teaching Confirmation, serves on the Administrative Council and Finance Committee, and serves as an advocate and liason for the congregation. Brenda also services the United Methodist Church on the Lay Ministry Board, District Laity Group, and Pulpit Supply at Wesley Acres. 

Dan Hall – Outreach

Vacant – InReach

Heidi Hall – Education Chair

Heidi heads the Education Committee and works to provide Sunday School, confirmation, Bible studies, youth group, VBS, and other youth activites throughout the year. The Ed Committee is passionate about meeting all God’s Children, regardless of age or experience in their faith, and help them grow spiritually. Heidi and her husband Dan share two children. 

Vacant – Mission Chair

Paige Harlan – At Large

Paige  attends Woodward-Granger High School and is heavily involved in school and extracurricular activities. Paige has attended EUMC her entire life and currently serves as committee representative for youth in the congregation. 

Judy Schmitz – At Large

Judy serves on the Worship Committee that works in collaboration with the Pastor to provide insights and ideas for worship services. The Worship Committee assigns ushers and greeters, decorates the church throughout the seasons,  assist with Communion and special services. 

Richard Groth – At Large

Bill Deskin – Pastor