Meet the Staff

Rev. Cris Decious, Senior Pastor
E-mail: cris@whumc.org
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Pastor Cris joined Walnut Hills UMC as the senior pastor July 1, 2021.
Rev. Ryan Russell, Associate Pastor
E-mail: ryan@whumc.org
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Rev. Ryan joined the team at Walnut Hills July 1, 2019. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Geological Sciences from the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID and a Masters of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL. He then went on to be the Chaplain and Director of Church Relations at Morningside College in Sioux City, IA and then the Director of Young People’s ministry at First United Methodist Church in Iowa City from 2016-2018 when he was commissioned as a provisional elder and continued to serve at First UMC as associate pastor. He has two dogs, Tucker, a 2 year black Lab mix and Bella, a 4 years Catahoula leopard dog mix. He enjoys movies, sports, playing with the dogs, and seeing friends.
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Maggie Ostrander, Music Director
E-mail: maggie@whumc.org
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Maggie Ostrander started in her current position in Aug. 2013. She and her husband, Josh, have two children: a daughter, Madylan, and a son, Judah. Maggie has bachelor’s degrees in vocal performance and church music and a master’s degree in music with a vocal emphasis. Prior to joining Walnut Hills UMC, Maggie served as the Director of Music at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Waterloo, Iowa.  In her spare time, Maggie enjoys reading, exercising, singing, and spending time with her family.
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