Pastors & Staff

Rev. Amanda Nicol

Head Pastor

Pastor Amanda is an ordained Elder in the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church and was appointed to serve Community United Methodist Church in July 2022. 

Prior to her appointment to CUMC, she completed a Clinical Pastoral Education Residency at the Portland VA Medical Center in Portland, OR. She then served as the Associate Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Olympia, WA. Pastor Amanda holds a B.A. from the University of Puget Sound (2012) and an M.Div. from Duke Divinity School (2018). She has served churches, hospitals, and retirement communities in Oregon, Washington, and North Carolina. 

Pastor Amanda enjoys hiking and camping, eating Dairy Queen after she goes hiking, gardening, going to the movies and spending time with her family. She is also a voracious reader (when she's not watching too much television). 

She thanks God for the opportunity to minister and grow in grace alongside the people of CUMC.


Worship Coordinator

I have been in this position as a Worship Coordinator since July 2018. I'm a retired United Methodist Pastor out of the North Carolina Conference, which gives me plenty of experience in the workings of the church and its worship services. I also love music, so this was a wonderful opportunity for me.

I have three children: two married daughters and a son. I also have two beautiful grandsons.

Fun Fact: Many wouldn't believe it, but many years ago I went to Clown School and my clown name is Daisy.

Life Motto: Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

kelly phillips

Office Manager

I was born and raised in Southern CA, and I have always yearned to live in the PNW since I can remember. I finally relocated to Northern ID in 2016 with my husband’s career transition. We have 2 Maine Coon cats who we take on camping adventures with us. They keep us entertained daily.

Over the years, I have worked in various insurance industries, office administration and most recently, the Office Manager for a few different churches. I have really enjoyed my time assisting church members and staff and I’m looking forward to getting to know this new congregation.

My husband and I are huge lovers of the great outdoors and nature. We spend most of our time gardening, traveling in our RV, fly fishing, snowshoeing and snow skiing. I also enjoy reading, drawing and painting. We are also big “Foodies” and love trying new recipes.



I was born and raised in the PNW and moved back to Spokane, after having lived in Portland, OR for 25 years, to raise my daughter. I am a Magna cum Laude graduate of University of California, Riverside with a BA in Business Administration and an emphasis in Accounting and Finance. I have loved accounting ever since I convinced my high school to do a work/study in the accounting department of a local high tech company in lieu of other electives.

I have over 30 years experience in accounting and management and a broad range of industry experience.  I built a small consulting practice in Portland providing my clients with a second set of eyes, bookkeeper training, process efficiency, accounting systems set up and/or conversions and ad hoc controller and CFO services for clients too small to hire a full time person for those positions.  I became known as a fixer.  

I am the proud parent of 2 children, a son that is 28 and a 6 year old daughter.  I enjoy cooking, hiking with my dog, sewing, travel, painting rocks, reading, empowering my daughter, and hanging out with my family. I also have a fierce love of soccer.  I support the Portland Timbers FC and Chelsea FC soccer clubs.  My happy place is at the beach.

Karen hawkins


The Pacific Northwest holds most of my memories and I love the beauty and peace of the area. I live in the Spokane Valley and love coming to spend time on the lake here in Coeur d'Alene.
Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember but I just recently had the opportunity to finish college and receive a BM degree. I love worshiping through music and am so glad to be a part of the CUMC community as an organist/pianist. If you have favorite hymns to share, I'd love to hear.