My name is Hannah Sipes and I am a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with studies in Church Music and Christian Worship. I am currently finishing my second year at Duke Divinity School.
Previously, I have worked as a worship leader at a variety of churches in Marion, Indiana as a part of my studies, as a pastoral intern through the Great Plains conference at FUMC Manhattan. Later I served as a paid intern working in the areas of children, youth, worship and administration, as well as a nursery coordinator, a youth ministry intern in the Great Plains conference office in Wichita, KS, a worship and youth intern at Northridge Church in Sabetha, KS, a desk worker in my residence hall, and a tutor for several music classes as well as elementary school math and reading. I have also completed two summers of field education, first at Morehead City FUMC and then at St. Matthews UMC/Open Hearts Bakery and Shady Grove and Friendship UMC.
Currently, I work on campus through Technical Services, mostly in Duke Chapel and at sporting events.
I enjoy reading, sewing, crocheting and playing music. I play the guitar, piano, keys, harmonium, ukulele, a couple woodwinds, and I sing. In college, I participated very heavily in the music department in choir and other small ensembles and in residential life.
Coming from a small family that consists of my parents and one older brother, I grew up as a United Methodist pastor’s kid. As a result, I have lived in small towns across central and eastern Kansas. My mom works as an elementary school secretary and accompanist while my father is an ordained United Methodist elder. My brother teaches high school and middle school math and enjoys coaching both high school girls’ basketball as well as assistant coaching his local men’s college basketball team.
I love being a part of the church and ministry, and I especially enjoy the areas of worship, discipleship and Christian education. I am very excited to meet you all and join in with what God is doing.