Church Staff


Rebecca L Smith- Pastor

Our Senior Pastor, Rebecca Smith, comes from a variety of ministry settings and denomination across the United States, serving as a bi-vocational local pastor of rural and semi-rural United Methodist churches from 2002-2013.  At Annual Conference 2016, her ordination was recognized and she is an Elder in The United Methodist Church.  Rebecca is passionate for ecumenical ministry, bringing the Body of Christ together in transforming our communities and world today.  A Pacific West Coast native, Rebecca is delighted to be in Terre Haute and on the “west coast” of Indiana!



Jill Kuckewich – Discipleship Director  and Financial Secretary. Miss Jill was the Music Director at United Methodist Temple as well as the Financial Secretary.  Recently she has given up the position of Music Director and is now the Discipleship Director.  She has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education from Indiana State University.



Janet Friedrich – Preschool Director. Mrs. Friedrich became the Director of Temple Preschool in Aug. of 2010. Mrs. Friedrich graduated from Terre Haute South Vigo High School in 1986, then Indiana University in 1990. She received a degree in journalism and psychology. She returned to Terre Haute and began working at the Tribune-Star and later became an account executive at Williams Randall Marketing in 1993.  E-mail:


Stacey Baird- Office Manager. Often the first face that people see upon entering the church.  Stacey joined the UM Temple staff in November 2017. She graduated from Indiana University in 2004 with a degree in merchandising and marketing.




Curtis Martin – Custodian. Curt Martin has been custodian at United Methodist Temple since 2002.  Our church building is such a bright and cheery place in large measure due to his fine work.