Meet The BFMC Staff

Les Rovenstine

Les was born in Colorado Springs, CO and lived in many towns and states while growing up. He is a graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University in 1988. He and his wife, Peg, moved to Decatur, IL, for their first full time pastoral staff position, in 1989 where they served for 12 years.  Les was a Lead Pastor in East Peoria IL. (2000 - 2003).

Les is no stranger to BFMC because he formally served on the staff in (2003 - 2009) before becoming the Senior Pastor at the New Unionville Baptist Church. Les & Peg returned to be a part of the staff at BFMC in the spring of 2014.  

They have enjoyed 31 years of marriage together. They have two sons and a daughter. Les loves to hang out with friends, hunt and fish and go on an occasional run.  Les has a great love for people and wants everyone to know Jesus and the joy He brings to our lives.


Robin Prichard
Office Manager

Robin Prichard serves as the office manager.  Robin joined the office staff in 2006, and has been a member of the church with her husband Brad since 1986.  Robin and Brad have three daughters, Vanessa, Miranda and Kayla.  They are also Mimi and Papa to their grandchildren, Leila and Connor. 


Brad Ayers

Minister of Administration

Brad was born in Bloomington, Indiana.  He served 7 years in the United States Air Force and attended Georgia Military College.  He served 27 years as a Trooper with the Indiana State Police.  Brad and his wife April have one daughter, Kirsten (son-in-law Nick) and a grandson, Dylan.  Brad and April have been attending Bloomington Free Methodist Chrurch since 1997. Brad serves as an Usher and April leads a small group.  They enjoy gardening and spending time with their grandson.



Kip and Lindsay Shipley
Youth and Young Adults Directors

We have been blessed by the opportunity of leading the youth group and young adult group here at BFMC. God has grown our hearts and equipped us for ministry in ways that we could not possibly do in our own strength.

We were both born and raised here in Bloomington, and married in 2007. We both are graduates of Indiana Wesleyan University. By profession, Kip is a bowyer and Lindsay is a pediatric nurse. Our most important job is raising our two precious kids, Ellie and Keegan. Together, they keep us smiling and always on our toes.

Our prayer is that God would be at the center of our ministry, and use us to bring hope, love, and community to teenagers and young adults.


Gale & Georgia O'Connor
Connections Pastors

We are delighted to serve the Bloomington Free Methodist Church and the surrounding Bloomington Community.  Prior to our move to Bloomington, we served at West Morris Street Free Methodist Church, Indianapolis IN, where we both served the youth and their families.  We have been married for 34 wonderful years and have two amazing sons, Bobbie and Lee, two beautiful daughter-in-laws, Rebecca and Jamie, and 4 grandchildren, whose hugs melt us like butter; Hayden 8, Leighton 5, Brecken 2 and Theodore 5 months.  Some of our favorite moments have been spending time with family and friends, playing board games and card games, cooking pudgy pies over a campfire, camping and boating.  Our desire is to love God and love people.  We believe God's love is best demonstrated when we live our lives in communion with one another.  Please join us in our journey as we learn and love together.


Marianne Edwards

Children's Ministry

Hello, my name is Marianne Edwards. I enjoy several hobbies, which include: crafts, biking and decorating. I have worked with children ever since I was out of high school. I have taught Sunday school, junior church, nursery and VBS. My all-time favorite song is In Christ Alone. A verse I have loved since becoming a Christian is Jesus said “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12.  I live in Solsberry ,Indiana with my husband Doug and only daughter Kelsey.