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

(515) 999-2215

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. 

Council of Ministries

Leadership Council

A One Board leadership council that discusses all the workings of the church both within our church and outreach to the community. This group covers everything that was previously discussed by Ad Council. The Council of Ministries one board approach was voted and agreed upon by the congregation and began meeting in March 2020.

Meets on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month after morning service.  These folks are the people to contact with any questions or concerns.

Brandon Burns

Carina Degase

Jeff Degase – Co-Chair

Dan Hall – Co-Chair

Heidi Hall

Doralyn Moorehead

Jil Proctor

Mike Wessels

Bill Deskin – Pastor

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