Leadership Board Member: 2019-2021.
Barbara (Barb) and her husband, Terry, are both from Ohio, but have been members of Manchester UMC since moving here more than 40 years ago. They have two grown sons who live in the St. Louis area with their families.
Barbara graduated from Ohio State University in elementary education then obtained her master’s in reading literacy from the University of Missouri. While Barbara is retired from 25 years of teaching at the elementary levels, she continues to volunteer for literacy programs.
In her years at Manchester UMC, Barbara has been involved in a range of groups. However, her major passion has been in Missions and Social Justice, especially related to children and families. Over 20 years ago, she and her husband initiated the church’s Habitat for Humanity STL outreach, which remains an active ministry today. Barbara currently spearheads the church’s volunteer events with Epworth Children and Family Services.
Barbara is grateful for the many opportunities to learn and to grow, and to be in community with Manchester UMC. She is excited to see Manchester UMC lead the faith community in affirming all.