Mike Chamberlain, Pastor

Reverend Mike Chamberlain is a member of the Great Plains Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. His ministerial appointments include churches in rural and urban settings. His last conference pastoral appointment was Senior Pastor of First United Methodist Church in Topeka, Kansas where he served for eleven years. During that period he also served four terms as Chaplain of the Kansas House of Representatives.

From 2007 until his retirement in 2015, he was the district superintendent of the Kansas City District and was the inaugural Dean of the newly formed Great Plains Annual Conference cabinet from 2013-2015.

Prior to ordination, Reverend Chamberlain completed a career of over twenty-one years as an engineer officer and aviator in the US Army. His numerous command, staff, and flight assignments included tours of duty in Europe, SE Asia, and the United States.

Following their retirements, Mike and his spouse Judy and their English and American cocker spaniels spent fifteen months living on a dairy farm in a village in the Black Forest in southwestern Germany, hiking and traveling throughout Europe. Following their “elder gap year,” they moved to the east coast near Annapolis, Maryland. While there, Mike was appointed to serve for eighteen months as the interim Senior Pastor of National United Methodist Church, in Washington, D.C.

The Chamberlains recently returned to the Great Plains and are living in Overland Park, Kansas while they build a home in Topeka. They have two children: a son, Robert who is a management consultant living with his family in the Washington, D.C. area, and Lisa a doctoral candidate at the University of Liverpool in the UK.


Maddi Baugous

Maddi Baugous, Pastoral Intern

Maddi grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University. In May of 2020, she graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary with her MDiv. She has worked with and served as Co-Director of Micah Corps where she developed a passion for social justice, and encouraging college students in their faith and justice work. Maddi is working through the process of ordination in the UMC as an elder. Because Maddi is yet to be ordained, her role for now is pastoral Intern. She will assist in pastoral duties, oversee Mercy and Justice activities, and supervise and lead the confirmation class. We hope that our relationship will prove to be mutually enriching, and that Maddi will remain a part of First Church through her ordination and beyond. Maddi is passionate about the Hebrew Bible, especially the Prophets, and how they can be used for justice in the world. In her free time, Maddi loves decorating her planner, journaling, and playing board games with friends.