Pastors & Staff

Rev. Amanda Nicol

Lead 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, trying new recipes, playing piano and handbells, and spending time with her family. She is also a voracious reader and is currently studying both French and Chinese. She and her sister, Alyson, share a home with a little white cat named Holly and a Munsterlander mix named Esme. She thanks God for the opportunity to minister and grow in grace alongside the people of CUMC.


Worship Coordinator

Carol has served as CUMC's Worship Coordinator since July 2018. She is a retired United Methodist elder from the North Carolina Conference, which gives her plenty of experience in the workings of the church and its worship services. She also loves music. She has three children - two married daughters and a son - and two beautiful grandsons. Life Motto: Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.

kelly phillips

Office Manager

Kelly was born and raised in Southern CA and yearned to live in the PNW for as long as she could remember. She finally relocated to Northern ID in 2016 with her husband’s career transition. They have 2 Maine Coon cats who they take on camping adventures and keep them entertained daily. Over the years, Kelly has worked in various insurance industries, office administration and, most recently, the Office Manager for a few different churches. She enjoys assisting church members and staff. She and her husband and are huge lovers of the great outdoors and nature. They spend most of their time gardening, traveling in their RV, fly fishing, snowshoeing and snow skiing. Kelly also enjoys reading, drawing, painting, and trying new recipes.



Kerri was born and raised in the PNW and moved back to Spokane, after having lived in Portland, OR for 25 years, to raise her daughter. She is a graduate of University of California, Riverside with a BA in Business Administration and an emphasis in Accounting and Finance. She has loved accounting ever since she convinced her high school to do a work study in the accounting department of a local high tech company in lieu of other electives. She has over 30 years of experience in accounting and management and a broad range of industry experience. She built a small consulting practice in Portland providing her 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. Kerri is the proud parent of 2 children, a son that is 28 and a 6 year old daughter. She enjoys cooking, hiking with her dog, sewing, travel, painting rocks, reading, empowering her daughter, and hanging out with her family. She also has a fierce love of soccer (Portland Timbers FC and Chelsea FC soccer clubs). Her happy place is at the beach.

Bill Jaquette

Minister of Music

Bill was born and raised in Carson City, Michigan and has been a Methodist from his youth. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Central Michigan University (CMU) and his Master of Music Education degree from Silver
Lake College. Bill completed the course work for a Doctorate from Boston University but decided not to complete the degree. He married his wife Melissa in 1988 and they have one daughter and a son-in-law. The entire family is musical and they serve together at CUMC. Bill has taught music, choir, and band in public schools for more than thirty-six years ranging from kindergarten through twelfth grade. As a church musician, he has more than twenty-five years experience directing vocal and bell choirs, and leading praise bands. Bill is especially proud of the time he spent serving on music teams in the Kairos Prison Ministry at the Idaho State prison.

Laura Goehner

Organist & Accompanist

Laura graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula in December 2016 with a B.M. in Organ Performance. She plays multiple instruments including, organ, piano, handbells, trombone, vocals, drum set, and a bit of guitar. In recent years she toured every summer playing recitals that are atypical, including Disney and Video Game music tours. Her hobbies are playing music, Scottish country dancing, latch hooks, researching (just about anything), and especially video games! She has been passionate about being a church musician since high school and following in the footsteps of her former teacher who worked in the same church for over 60 years.