Our Staff

Meet the people who keep everything running smoothly!

The staff here at Community United Methodist Church is comprised of men and women who love, care and pray for every single person in the church.  If you have questions for any of our staff, feel free to reach out and email them or call the church office at 801-479-7430 to speak with them or leave a message.  

  • Pastor

    Gary Haddock

    I am glad to be part of Community UMC and believe that the most important ministry we do is one-on-one with others to help make their lives better because of the love and grace of Jesus, the Christ.

  • Office Manager

    Valerie Ward

    Hi! I am Valerie Ward.  I am the office manager.  I am the one who pays the bills, does the bulletins and newsletters, keeps up our busy church calendar and fills out a lot of reports.  My husband Larry and I moved to Layton in 2008 after he retired from 23 years in the Air Force.  He now works at the IHC Layton hospital.  I transferred to the 36th street office of H&R Block, where I continue to work part time.  We started attending CUMC in the spring of 2017 and I started as the office manager that summer.  We have three children and one grandchild who live in the Salt Lake Valley.  

  • Children's and adult ministries

    Claudette Rothwell

    Spiritual Growth is a lifelong journey and I enjoy helping adults and children in that journey.  Planning classes, life groups and other activities, finding the right teachers and facilitators and equipping them with the best resources is part of my job.  There is nothing more rewarding than watching our people grow in their relationship with God.  I especially enjoy the children as they come to know and understand God's amazing love for them.  Their excitement is contagious!    



  • YOuth Director

    Kaitlyn Alireza

    I'm Kaitlyn Alireza and I am blessed to be the Youth Director here at CUMC.  I love spending time with my husband and our dogs, Meeko and Willow.  We will be welcoming our son into our church family any day now!  As the youth director I get to help nurture our 7th to 12th graders find who they are and help guide them through their faith journey.  I plan monthly service and youth activities for them to participate in as well as lock-ins with other youth groups in our area.  I am passionate about our youth group and love watching them grow into amazing young adults.  


  • choir director

    Carla Hupp

    I have been involved in CUMC music since 1973.  During those years, I've been organist, accompanist, choir member, and now I'm co-directing the choir with Pat McKay.  I have loved every minute of it!

  • Choir director

    Pat McKay

    Music has always been a part of my life.  I enjoyed listening to my dad sing and direct many choirs as a young person.  I played piano, organ, flute, clarinet and took voice lessons.  I minored in music in college.  I directed the chancel choir at Clearfield Community Church for 30 years.  Directing is my first love.  

  • Praise Band coordinator

    Tim Herzog

    I am the coordinator of the praise band at CUMC.  I sing, play guitar and bass, and love all kinds of music, although I prefer something with a good beat.  The CUMC Praise Band has been making music at the 11:00 a.m. service almost every Sunday for the past 15 years.  

    I am a chemistry professor at Weber State University.  I am married to Valerie Herzog, a professor of athletic training at Weber State University.  We have two daughters, Jade and Izzie.  Valerie selects much of the music and Izzie sings and plays a variety of instruments.  

  • organist/pianist

    Jeanie Cox

    I have been attending CUMC for 4 years and organist for 15 months.  I was organist at my last church for 14 years before moving here from the midwest.  My hobbies are music, family, friends and reading.  


  • handbell choir director

    Claudette Rothwell

    Music has been an important part of my life since I was 7 years old, but it wasn't until I was 30 years old that I first heard handbells being rung in a church worship service.  I immediately fell in love with the beautiful sounds that the shiny bells made!  That was the beginning of my "career" as a handbell ringer and director.  I am so grateful for the opportunity CUMC has given me to teach the art of ringing to children, youth and adults.  Together, we ring our praises to God! 


  • custodian

    Roni Haddock

    It's an honor for me to be part of the staff here at CUMC.  I feel a sense of pride in helping to "put our best foot forward" as far as how our church presents itself in appearance.  And as a representative of the church and church building, I hope that I am a warm and welcoming host when you enter our doors!