Office Manager – Riechia Ralston
Riechia grew up in the First United Methodist Church in Centralia, IL, her great-grandparents co-founded and grandmother served as the Children’s Music Director. She studied Business Administration at Eastern Illinois University and upon moving to Texas, worked in administrative, marketing and technical support roles. While in Texas she met her husband Tim, and they were married in 1990. Upon the birth of their first son, Riechia began contracting to her former employer, and when surrounding entrepreneurs began coming to her for assistance, her sole proprietorship, Office Attaché, was born. In 1994 Tim’s career caused them to move to Minnesota, where their second son was born. Their family joined the Rosemount United Methodist Church, where Riechia was active in the N(ew) O(pportunities) in W(orship) Praise Team, and attended the Willowcreek Worship & Arts Conference, which deeply impacted her passion for worship music. After nine years in Minnesota, Tim’s career brought their family to Arizona and they joined NorthRidge Community Church, where Riechia worked as the Worship & Arts Assistant, and was a founding member of the contemporary NorthRidge Live Praise Team. She later returned to the full-time employment in a variety of executive support roles, while continuing as an active member of the Praise Team. When Tim’s career brought them to the A.J./Gold Canyon area in early 2013, they found a home at GCUMC, and Riechia quickly found her niche serving on the Uncommon Grace Praise band and began as Office Manager in September 2014.
Administrative Associate – Dee Ashe
Dee was born and raised in Fullerton, California. She graduated from Whittier College and began a career in the field of education, which included teaching 4th-6th grades, educational sales and sales management. Dee lived in Portland, Oregon for 15 years before moving to Arizona in 1984. In 2006, she moved to Gold Canyon and joined GCUMC. She began volunteering in the front office and since February, 2014 has worked as Administrative Associate. Dee is very involved with the Cancer Support Group Ministry which meets weekly. She has 2 daughters and is expecting her first grandchild in September. She spends free time on the golf course and camping with family and friends every chance she gets.
Treasurer – E.G. ‘Cris’ Criswell, BSBA, CCA
Cris was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. He attended and graduated from Phillips University, Enid, OK with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. In 1960 he married his high school sweetheart, and they have one daughter, living in Dallas, TX, a son living in Tulsa, OK, two grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. In 1975 Cris was offered and accepted the job of Church Business Administrator of First Christian Church in Tulsa. In 1981 he became Business Administrator of Asbury United Methodist Church, also in Tulsa. In 1988 he moved to Amarillo, TX and was Business Administrator of Polk St. United Methodist Church, in 1995 he moved to Dallas TX, and was Business Administrator of University Park United Methodist Church. Retiring in 2000 he and wife, Bev, traveled into every state and finally put roots down in Mesa, AZ in 2009, and moved to Apache Junction in 2014. They started attending Gold Canyon United Methodist Church in 2005 as winter visitors and in 2007 joined GCUMC. Cris is on the Stewardship Committee, and the Ad Council. He schedules and trains volunteers to do the Sound, Power Point, Video Camera and Directing the Live Streaming of the 2 traditional Church services on Sunday mornings. Cris makes the DVD every week of the Sunday Services. Cris’s relaxing time is playing games on the computer, doing handy man jobs, and preaching at Val Del Oro RV Resort once a month during the winter season. He was a Church Business Administrator for 25 years, and is a Certified Church Administrator.
Financial Secretary – Georgia Kirkpatrick
Georgia grew up in New England and lived in several states over the years, ending up in AZ in 1979, and moving to Gold Canyon in 1999. Her career has been varied in the fields of Human Resources/Employee Benefits, Property Insurance, drafting and editing employee benefit and training manuals and Bookkeeping/Accounting. She began volunteering in the front office of GCUMC in January 2005 and soon took on responsibility for the membership system and in April 2014 became Financial Secretary. She has a daughter in North Scottsdale and keeps busy traveling when possible, walking, hiking, swimming and enjoying time with friends.
Volunteer Coordinator – Jane Hayes
Jane grew up in Litchfield, Illinois, and attended Eastern Illinois University for her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. She then made a major move to Arizona; living and teaching in the Paradise Valley School District for 26 years and teaching part-time for Ottawa University. At this point, Jane, Jeff, and JJ Hayes moved to the Superstition Mountain Foothills. Within a few months, they became members at GCUMC. Jane benefits from volunteer work and encourages others to do the same. If you would like to participate at GCUMC or at other places, please give her a call.
Facility Caretaker – Rick Ceynar
Rick was raised and schooled in Montana, the “Big Sky Country,” which he still calls home. He served in the Navy from 1964 to 1968. In June of 1972, he went to work for Hill County Electric Cooperative. In July 2002, he retired after 30 years of service as a journeyman lineman. Rick and Kay, his wife of 46 years, moved to Gold Canyon in 2004, leaving friends and family behind. Rick and Kay have two sons, one daughter and ten grandchildren, who are spread from east to west coast. In January 2011, Rick was hired at GCUMC. He says he’s very grateful and can’t get over how friendly the people are. Rick also likes to go to car shows and putts in the yard when he is not working on the “honey-do” list.