Meet the Staff
Pastor Sheryl K. Ashley
I am so pleased to be pastoring at Wesley UMC, having begun in August of 2014. After a rewarding career serving as a pastor for almost 25 years, retirement was what I expected at the end of June of ‘14. However, God’s plans are not our plans. I was called to continue in action because of an “Intentional Interim Ministry” training I had taken over the past year. This means that I am appointed under contract to minister during a period of transition for a church. I have found Wesley to be a caring church and very responsive to being “God’s Light on a Hill,” as I like to refer to us.
Choir Director / Organist / Comtemporary Worship Leader
“Hi! My name is Chrissy (Koudelka) Martinez and I am excited to begin my journey at Wesley with you all! Here are a few highlights of my church music background. When I was eight years old, I began as a church organist in my small hometown of unincorporated Little Turkey and Reilly Ridge playing regularly for Sunday Services. I filled my days practicing the church hymns. Time flew and finally I was a senior in high school. I went and trekked to the other side of the state to Briar Cliff College. I taught beginner piano lessons in college and accompanied the choirs. Shortly after I began to play services at St. Joseph’s, Salix.
For the past 18 years in Siouxland it has been an honor and a privilege to lead music. Presently, my weekdays are filled with accompanying at Briar Cliff University, Morningside College and West High School. On weekends, I am a musician at Augustana Lutheran Church, First Covenant Church, and St. Michael’s Church in South Sioux City. Additionaly, I am an on-call pianist and interpreter. So possibly, you may see me at other churches or businesses.
When I am not working, I volunteer by assisting vocal choirs weekly at St. Michael’s School and Siouxland for Active Generations. On the 2nd Wednesday of the month, musical entertainment is provided at Holy Spirit. I reside in Nebraska and my most valued treasures are my husband and three children, dear friends and extended family, meeting and visiting with people, and growing more in my faith. Thanks for your time and God’s Blessings on all of you, my newest friends :) !!
I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to serve Pastor Sheryl Ashley and the congregation of Wesley UMC. This church has a passion for serving God, the Siouxland Community and each other. I came here after serving nine years as the Office Manager for Siouxland Youth for Christ. Previous to that, I worked for almost 20 years for the Woodbury County Auditor/Recorder’s Office. I started out there as secretary to the County Auditor, was promoted to Institutional Accounts Manager and before taking early retirement I was in charge of the Birth, Death and Marriage Division of the Recorder’s Office.I am a lifelong resident of Sioux City. I have a daughter and her husband and son who live in Sioux City and a son and his wife who have two sons and a daughter and live in Woodbury, MN. I have been widowed for 15 years and live in Morningside.