Dr. Scott Meador
Scott has been Lead Pastor at Lovely Lane since 2018. Previous appointments include churches in Epworth, Solon, and Independence. He enjoys helping others deepen their spiritual lives and discern areas to share the faith. Scott is married to Heather and has two adult daughters. He enjoys golf and watching movies in his spare time. Community involvement includes Downtown Rotary, Junior Achievement, and the Matthew 25 Advisory Board.
Pastor Kristina has served Lovely Lane as the Associate Pastor since 2020. She works part-time as the spiritual cultivator at Matthew 25 and the lead of our missional campus, Nourished. She is married to Ryan who does ministry as a spiritual director, and they have a fluffy dog named Macrina. In her spare time, she can be found running and hiking or digging in the dirt, planting new flowers and plants, and caring for the plants around their house. Kristina works to help all feel free to be their unique authentic self.
Senior Office Manager
Sue has been a secretary/administrative assistant and now the senior office manager at Lovely Lane for over 11 years. She has gone from part-time to full-time and now back to part-time as her retirement years approach. At Lovely Lane, she is also in the choir, co-chair of Health & Wholeness, and a member of the Library Team. She is married to Jim who works at the Marion HyVee as a meat cutter, and she is a stepmother to his two adult children, Jacob and Ashley (married to John). Her hobbies/interests include camping, being out in nature, photography, games (esp. MahJong & Quiddler), gardening, dogs, and horses.
Director, Children's Weekday Ministries
Carla Jesse has been the Children’s Music Director since 2013. She holds a degree in Sociology, and has experience working with children in music in Girl Scouts and at Camp Tanager. Carla is energized by planting seeds of faith through song. Carla is married to Ike Schneider and has two teen children. She enjoys canoeing, campfires, knitting, and spending time with family. She is also employed at a local gift shop.
Marti has been serving at Lovely Lane as the office manager for 2-1/2 years. She hails from Indianapolis where she lived most of her life, and moved to Cedar Rapids to be closer to her daughter & grandchildren. (She has 3 adult children & 4 grandchildren.) In her professional life, she assisted executive directors & VPs in the non-profit sector, the publishing world, as well as diagnostic & life sciences engineering. She loves music, movies, books, babies, & animals.
High School Youth Director
Ryan is the Director of Youth Ministry at Lovely Lane who seeks to help youth explore their faith through exploration and learning experiences, spiritual practices, service opportunities, and plenty of play. Ryan is an adventurer who braves spirited growth and friendships; an asset-based community organizer and trainer; a spiritual director and retreat facilitator; a friend to the lonely and isolated; a justice-minded companion; and a writer and a photographic artist. He is the co-creator of Wayfaring Companions, a group that trains spiritual directors. He also pastors half-time in Clarence and Stanwood, Iowa.
Shelly designed the Lovely Lane website and is responsible for its hosting and maintenance. She also manages the church’s social media accounts and occasionally helps out with other design and communications tasks. She is married to Brian and they have two boys. She is a member of the Lovely Lane Green Team and has served in various other roles in the church including the bell choir, missions chair and stewardship chair. Shelly owns a digital marketing business specializing in web design, social media, and online advertising.
Director of Family Ministries
Annie Walker is our Director of Family Ministries. She grew up north of Marion and went to Linn-Mar High School from K-12 grade. She has a degree in Elementary Education and History. Her husband, Tyler, and she have been married since 2014 and they have 3 black and white cats, Sylvester, Samantha (who they call Sister) and Petey. As part of her role as Director of Family Ministries, she directs both Kids Club and Sunday School programs as well as works with the before and after school program through Children’s Weekday Ministries. Her prayer for these programs is to welcome all and that everyone feels they have a home and place or role in all of these programs. Reach out to her with any and all ideas you have to collaborate and grow the kin-dom of God on earth at Lovely Lane UMC.
If it has a light, a button, or a dial, Eric Wylie is your guy. Eric provides a variety of technical services to support the missions and ministries of the church, including live and recorded audio and video production, live streaming of worship services and other events, technology and computer assistance, internal digital signage, and the church’s outdoor digital sign. Eric has been a member of Lovely Lane since 1999 and has been the Audio/Visual point of contact since 2009. Eric collaborates with the pastors in planning weekly worship and other events and services, and is also active in the church music department. Outside of his church work, Eric is a corporate video producer and voiceover artist through his business Wylie.Video. Eric is blessed to be a husband to one and a father to two.