Pastors & Staff

rev. heather seman

Head Pastor

I was sent to Community United Methodist Church in 2006 and I have been here ever since! I grew up in the United Methodist Church, which is neither good nor bad, but what was good was the amazing people who "raised me" to understand that I was important, I was loved, and God gave me specific gifts and abilities for a purpose in this world. I went to Washington State University and worked as a youth director, attended seminary and served my first church the United Church of Ferndale UCC/UMC before I was appointed to serve Community UMC and Coeur d'Alene. What was instilled in me when I was younger was later re-affirmed and I felt called to pass that on as a pastor to those I serve. 
I have a completely ordinary family with a husband and two sons. We are messy, obstinate and sarcastic but I love us! Our cats drive us nuts because they don't get along, but we love them, too. Life is never boring and I work very hard at living gratefully!
Fun fact: I LOVE reading- ever since I got the library app Libby-  I can read and listen to books all the time! Life is good!


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.

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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.