Our Leadership Team

We believe in the One True God: Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer.
We believe that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior.
In Creation, God wants us. In Jesus Christ, God redeems and restores us. In the Holy Spirit, God abides with us now and forever.
We believe that the Church belongs to Jesus, and our desire as Fridley UMC is to reach up in praise and adoration, to reach deep to be equipped followers of Jesus, and to reach out to engage our neighbors with compassion and caring.

Wayne Swanson

Senior Pastor

Pastor Wayne was appointed to Fridley United Methodist Church in July, 2013. This is the 4th congregation in which he has served in a pastoral role. Pastor Wayne brings a bold presentation, clear biblical teaching, and devotion for the Triune God. He, his wife Holly, and 2 sons are excited to be part of Fridley UMC’s church family. Pastor Wayne’s 30+ years of pastoral ministry offers Fridley UMC a full spectrum of resources in equipping the congregation to be Disciples, who make Disciples, who Serve to make a Difference. His foundation is based on the Triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; Reaching Up, Reaching Deep, and Reaching Out, all in Jesus Name. Email

2020-03-10_11-36-44-originalBrenda LaBarre

Administrative Assistant

Brenda primarily focuses on oversight and coordination communications and marketing of the church, consistent with the mission and vision of the church, She coordinates with our tech support and the computer network system including equipment and software and is responsible for the day-to-day organization and coordination of office operations, procedures, and resources. Email


Sharon White Director of Music + Chancel Ringers Director

Sharon has been involved with the Fridley UMC music program for over twenty-five years. She began ringing handbells in 1980 when the handbell program at FUMC was created. She became the director of the Chancel Ringers adult bell choir in 1992. As the Music Coordinator, she is responsible for scheduling groups and individuals to provide music for the worship services and coordinates the program with the Chancel Choir, Chancel Ringers and organist.