Pastor Gary Pope - Sears

Gary came to Sparks UMC in July of 2012.  He is thrilled with the energy and diversity of opportunity among the saints in Sparks.  He has been married for 34 years to Sybella, who teaches at Katherine Dunn Elementary School in Sparks.  They have two sons: Isaac, 28, lives in Santa Rosa, California and Elisha, 22, lives in Reno with his wife Artemis.

Gary enjoys music, both vocal and guitar; he also likes to act, and looks forward to reprising his role as Jud(as) in "Cottonpatch Gospel" this summer as part of Reno is Artown.  He works to stay fit by means of frequent trips to the gym, complemented by some bicycling and racewalking.


Nancy Baker - Director Administrative Ministry


Nancy has lived in Sparks since 1992.  She started working as the Administrative Assistant here at SUMC in May of 1998.  Nancy and her husband, Clint, have been married since 1981 and they have 2 children.  They also have 4 wonderful grandchildren who are the joy of her life.  She enjoys spending time with her grandchilden, hiking, camping and reading.



Cindy Sabatini - Director Music Ministry


Here at Sparks UMC, Cindy oversees all music programs, directs cantatas and drama productions, and provides special music vocal/piano solos, piano and organ accompaniment at our Sunday morning worship services. She also leads our DevoDance liturgical dance ensemble, and sings and plays keyboard in our praise band “The Beatitudes”.  Her passion of music carries over into the musical theater and jazz band world as she periodically performs in local theater productions and sings with 2 local big bands.  This year she facilitated the continuation of musical theater here at our church when we presented the show “Cotton Patch Gospel” in February. She and her husband, John, have 4 children, 6 grandchildren and share the love of music and travel...especially to visit family in Las Vegas, New York City, McMinnville, Oregon, and even sometimes on cruise ships where they’re performing!