William “Bill” Deskin


Pastor Bill Deskin was born in Davenport Iowa and then moved to Des Moines area when he was three. He lived most of his life in the Johnston area. After graduating from High school Bill served four years in the U.S. Navy. Bill worked a couple of jobs before answering the call into ministry. His first job was as a security and fire alarm installer and repair technician traveling a three-state area.  He then went to work for the cable
industry in Des Moines for 33 years retiring in December of 2012. Bill was called by God into the ministry several years ago and 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 relationship with God and caring for others has always been a focus for Bill. Since coming to Emmanuel in January 2013 Bill’s goal has been to help Emmanuel and the Granger community to build a loving and caring relationship with God and each other. Bill feels it is through our talents and gifts from God that we the church are able to reach out to the community to share the love of Jesus Christ. Bill appreciates 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. Bill and his lovely wife were married for almost 41 years before she passed away. Together they raised two daughters. Their oldest daughter Dianna, works for Holmes Murphy Insurance and is a talented musician vocally and plays the flute. Dianna is very active in the church and shares her love for God in many ways. 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 three very handsome young sons: Bennett, Jude and Everett. Bethany and Ryan are both very musical and share their gifts with the church. Bethany also shares her gift and love of photography.

Music is, and always has been, a very important part of the Deskin household.

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

Heidi Hall

Doralyn Moorehead

Jil Proctor

Mike Wessels

Bill Deskin – Pastor

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