STAFF & Leadership

The team of staff at Audubon Park United Methodist Church takes great pride in serving our church and our community! Below you will find some of the people that are constantly striving to make our church a great place to love, serve, and grow.

  • Pastor Geoff Helton

    Lead Pastor - Contact

    Rev. Geoff Helton has served as Pastor at Audubon Park United Methodist Church since July of 2013. He is a 2004 graduate of Whitworth University and is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary with an M.Div (2007) and a Th.M. in Old Testament (2009). For more on Pastor Geoff, click here

  • Pastor Glenn Kennedy

    Associate Pastor of Congregational Care - contact

    Rev. Glenn Kennedy joined the pastoral team at Audubon Park United Methodist Church in July 2019. He brings over 44 years of ministry experience as a pastor within the Pacific Northwest conference of the United Methodist Church. He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary . For more on Pastor Glenn, click here

  • Drew Homchick

    Director of ministries with Youth & Young Adults - CONTACT

    Drew Homchick joined the staff at Audubon Park United Methodist Church in August 2016. He attended Washington State University where he earned a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Masters of Education (Ed. M). Drew lives in north Spokane with his wife Heather, their son's Brady and Harrison, and their dog Buddy.

  • Laura Smith-Velonza

    Office Manager - Contact

    Laura has worked for us since 2017. We share her with the Pacific Northwest Conference District Service Center. She is married to Vince and they have 3 daughters. Laura is in the office Sunday-Thursday, 9 am - 1:00 pm.  

  • Cole Peterson

    Director of Worship & Online Church - Contact

    Cole serves as music director at APUMC. He leads music at the Modern Reflections and Living Traditions services and also accompanies Audubon's chancel choir. Cole is a 2015 graduate of Whitworth University, with post-graduate studies in music and music education at Portland State University. He also teaches music privately, including guitar, bass, piano, voice, ukulele, and music theory. If you're interested in sharing your musical gifts with our community, please contact him!

  • Carol Hendershot

    Bell Choir Director

    Carol has directed Bell Choir at the church since 1994. She leads our bell ensemble and also performs solo during worship services. Carol is married to Rich and they have a son, Scott. Carol has also worked as a pediatric physical therapist at the Spokane Guild School for over 25 years. 

  • Ann Fritz


    Ann began serving as a Treasurer of the church in 2005. Ann is passionate about addressing social issues such as domestic abuse and human trafficking. She and her late husband have eight children, fourteen grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. 

  • Mel Gantney


    Mel has served as co- treasurer since 2022.