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Rev. Steve Braudt is the new Pastor of The United Methodist Church of Wilton, effective July 1, 2017. Bishop Laurie Haller of the Iowa Conference of The United Methodist Church made the formal announcement during the 2017 Annual Conference session.
Rev. Steve Braudt started his ministry in 1999 serving the Gifford United Methodist Church, in Gifford Iowa. Steve has in the years following served in a wide variety of locations and ministries, including, Youth Pastor for Eldora UMC, Police Chaplin for the City of Eldora, Associate Pastor for Youth and College Ministry at Cedar Falls First United Methodist Church, and most recently, Pastor Steve served as the Associate Pastor in Bettendorf, Iowa, at Asbury United Methodist Church. Through the last 25 years, he has led his life based on trusting God’s call and direction. Pastor Steve graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College with a major in Art and a minor in Religion and earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois where he was also served as the Artist in Residence. In addition to being a Pastor, he has spent time as an industrial engineer, an artist, a youth pastor and has created a not-for-profit organization “The Art Project” to serve people in need.
Steve is married to Rev. Anne Lippincott, Senior Pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Davenport. They have a daughter Sarah Thompson, who lives in Clinton and is married to Brian and they two children Trent and Calla. Besides, preaching and art, Pastor Steve loves spends time traveling, building motorcycles, model railroading and model planes.
Chris Putnam joined the United Methodist Church of Wilton staff on May 9th, 2016. She has lived in Wilton, Iowa for more than 20 years. This is where Chris and husband Marty raised their two children, a son Steven and a daughter Lindsey. They have given her four beautiful grand kids, three boys and one girl.
Chris and Marty are long time members of Hope Church, The Apostolic Church of Tipton, where they actively serve in the Music and Children’s Ministry.