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 super-mutt named Esme. She thanks God for the opportunity to minister and grow in grace alongside the people of CUMC.


Visitation Minister

Carol is a retired United Methodist Elder from North Carolina. She previously served as CUMC's Worship Coordinator. In January 2023 she became CUMC's Visitation Minister serving homebound members, leading CUMC's care and hospitality ministries, and managing the church's Community Benevolence Fund. Carol also assists in worship and sings in the choir. She has three children - two daughters and a son - and three beautiful grandsons. Her life motto is "Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape."

Bill Jaquette

Minister of Music

Bill was born and raised in 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 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. He and his wife Melissa have one daughter and a son-in-law.; the entire family is musical and they serve together at CUMC. 

Laura Goehner

Organist & Accompanist

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

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 and two Maine Coon cats who they take on camping adventures. Over the years Kelly has worked in various insurance industries and office administration positions. She enjoys assisting church members and staff. In her spare time Kelly likes to garden, travel, fly fish, snowshoe, and ski. She also enjoys drawing, painting, and cooking.



Kerri was born and raised in the PNW and moved back to Spokane after twenty-five years in Portland, OR. 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 tech company. She has over 30 years of experience in accounting and management and a broad range of industry experience. Kerri is the proud parent of two children, a son and a daughter. She enjoys cooking, hiking with her dog, sewing, travel, painting rocks, reading, 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.