Our Staff


Rev. Dr. Grace Cajiuat

Pastor Grace

Pastor Grace is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. She taught music at the university level 13 years before going to seminary. Pastor Grace was born and raised in a pastor's family. Her father is a Methodist minister, her uncle is a retired Methodist minister, another uncle is a Baptist minister, her brother is a United Methodist minister, her grandfather was a pastor of the Indigenous Filipino Methodist church, her grandfather was a Spanish friar, and her mother was a deaconess. Paster Grace comes to our church with her husband Chris Herigstad. mailto:gcajiuat@fumcwa.org


Alyssa Roberts

Director of Music Ministries

Alyssa is an organist, bell choir director, and children's choir director with a degree in music education from UW- Milwaukee. She strives to make meaningful music with people of all ages and skill levels to enhance worship for the glory of God. Alyssa enjoys outdoor activities with her family and playing video games with her three children. fumcwaoffice@fumcwa.org Attn: Alyssa


Raymond Roberts

Choral Choir Director

Raymond is co-director of music with his wife Alyssa. He directs the Chancel Choir and the Wesley Singers. He holds degrees in Music Education and Educational Leadership from Northwestern University and Cardinal Stritch, respectively. He is so happy to be affiliated with a church family that embraces and celebrates the role of music in worship as a lifelong ministry. He considers his family to be the “best thing that has ever happened to him.” fumcwaoffice@fumcwa.org Attn: Raymond


Michelle Fuller

Office Manager

I have been a member of First United Methodist Church since I was born. This has always been my 2nd home and family. I feel blessed to be a part of this amazing staff in the office of FUMC. I am a member of the Chancel Choir and the Asbury Bell Choir. When I am not working at the office or singing or ringing, I enjoy reading and spending time with my biological family and my friends. mfuller@fumcwa.org


Laurie Halvorsen

Senior Ministries Coordinator

Laurie has been in our church since she was 4 years old and has grown to love this church with the people in it. In 2015, she became the Director of Senior Ministries and has enjoyed working and traveling with the seniors in our church. Two years before this Laurie accepted the position of Minister of Visitation. She works with a team who visit our home-bound First Church members. Laurie says, “Both of these appointments have been so rewarding and I have been so blessed to be working on church staff.” lhalvorsen@fumcwa.org


Erica Rauls

Music Assistant

Erica has been involved in our church since she was in Carol Choir and Witte Bells, many many years ago! She has been married to Brian for 14 years and they have two daughters, Claire and Scarlett. Erica is thrilled to have her kids grow up in the same church family and music program that she too loved as a child. Erica helps with VBS (crafts) and this is her first year directing the Chapel Chimes and Park/Witte Bells. fumcwaoffice@fumcwa.org Attn: Erica


Lance Lambert

Church Events Coordinator and Music Assistant

Lance came to 1st Church in 1974. His 3 sons grew up in our church and Lance, & his wife Jo-Ann, have been in bell choirs since 1983. He currently serves as Church Events Coordinator. Lance also directs the Celebration Ringers. The music and warmth of our congregation mean a great deal to Lance. He, and his wife, have been active in the church and feel blessed to be a part of the First United Methodist Church family. Lance also enjoys swimming, kayaking, reading and playing with his 3 grandchildren. lambert@fumcwa.org


Elizabeth Coover

Nursery Coordinator

My name is Elizabeth Coover. I am Nursery Coordinator at First United Methodist Church of West Allis. I am married 19 years and share 4 wonderful children with my husband. Michael Coover. ecoover@fumcwa.org


Eric Kempka


Eric spends his spare time with his partner Jamie and their two children, Rachel and Tyler along with their two dogs. Eric has been a member of First United Methodist Church since he was quite young and has grown up in the church.