Rev Dawn Blundell, Senior Pastor

DawnPastor Dawn was born and raised in Reno, Nevada. She is one of 8 brothers and sisters, and feels incredibly blessed to be surrounded by parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews and cousins. She has three grown children of her own, of whom she is terribly proud.

Pastor Dawn has been working in church leadership for nearly 20 years, as a senior pastor for 14 years, and has been Pastor of South Reno UMC  since 2010.  She is brought to her knees by the beauty of creation, and finds God in the sound of music, the taste of good food, the amazing variety of people, the truth in storytelling, and the power of human connection. She believes passionately in the power of God through Jesus Christ to change a person for the better, and to create miracles of healing and hope in people and in the world.  She attended a workshop recently that helped people identify their “core gifts”, and found that hers was “helping people who are different to become more beautiful together.” A bit sappy maybe…but she thinks it’s pretty cool, and right on the money.

You can reach Pastor Dawn by email at, or by phone at 775-851-1181. She would love to talk with you.

Pastor Becky Stockdale

FINAL BECKYPastor Becky grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota with three brothers, and spent most of her summers in Northern Minnesota, where she learned the importance of family and fun. She is now married to an amazing guy, and blessed with two awesome children, both in college. It was after retiring from Silicon Valley and moving to the beautiful Sierra’s to raise her family that God’s call became louder and louder.

She is most proud to be a fourth generation United Methodist Church musician, playing many different instruments, and loves creating creative, spirit-filled, worship.  She has served the church in leadership roles of every kind, and she loves working with, listening to, and developing relationships with people of every age.  As an Associate Pastor and  Chaplain, she is here to love, help, support, and encourage people how best to be in relationship with God and each other, and live a Christ centered life, even when it’s tough.  She loves sitting and having a cup of coffee and very much, looks forward to meeting YOU!

You can reach Pastor Becky by  calling 775-851-1181, or by email at, or by stopping by the office on Tuesdays or Thursdays.  The doors are always open, and YOU are always welcome.  Gentle Winds.

Mary Ortega, Office Administrator

Church staff MaryThe marvelous and talented Mary Ortega is in charge of everything. She is our Office Angel, our Manager of the Building, our Zookeeper, our hospitable Welcomer of the Stranger, our Rememberer of Stuff the Pastors Forget, our warm and kind Listener to Everyone.  If you have any questions at all about our church, please email her at or give her a call at 775-851-1181.





Nora Schmidt, Children & Family Ministries

Ms Nora has over 30 years of experience creating and directing Sunday School and Children’s ministries. She is passionate about communicating the love of God to children, and about creating a safe and nurturing place for children of all ages to learn and grow. If you have any questions, ideas,  needs, or comments about our ministries with children and families, please email her at or call her at 775-851-1181.


Jaime Rogers, Preschool Director

Church staff Jaime






Judy Flamer, Choir Director







Bette Philips, Pianist


Diane Bell, Bell Choir Director

Church staff Diane