Category: Our Clergy and Staff

Molly Henley

Molly Henley

Financial Assistant I grew up in a rural community in northeastern Missouri and moved to St. Louis after high school.  I have a degree in Financial Accounting Systems from Maryville University.  I also have a degree in Business Administration from St. Louis Community College-Meramec. In my free time, I enjoy reading mysteries (and belong to…
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Janis Thompson

Accounts Payable Coordinator Having been raised a Methodist, and after attending a Baptist church for a while, I was directed to Manchester UMC in September 2019 and became a member shortly thereafter in November. Pastor Stephanie Lendt suggested to the congregation one Saturday that to get the most out of your membership, get involved –…
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Kurtis Heinrich

Director of Cantate Youth Choir I was named the Director, Cantate Youth Choir in August 2019 after having attended Manchester UMC, and singing in Chancel Choir, for about four years. Outside of Manchester, I teach 6-8 grade choir at Pattonville Heights Middle School in the Pattonville School District. I have be teaching middle and high…
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Emily Pikaard

Director of Children’s Music and Drama A life-long Missourian, Emily grew up in a small town in the middle of the state, where music and faith were fundamental to her development. As a daughter of an organist, she spent many hours at church and has participated in music ministry for most of her life. Emily…
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Melanie Knipping

Preschool Director As the Director of Circle of Friends Preschool, I have a passion for helping children and families enjoy a great start to life-long learning! I have an Associate’s degree in Child Development and a Bachelor’s degree in Business. I have been involved in the early childhood education field as both a teacher and…
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Ethan Massey

Projects & Events Coordinator Although I am originally from Illinois, just 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis, I currently live in the Dogtown area of the city with my fiancé. I graduated with my Bachelor’s of Science in Applied Communications Studies with an emphasis in Public Relations from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. I am an…
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Beth Boemler

Director of Youth Ministry Beth is originally from St. Charles and feels called by God to counsel and minister to youth. She attended college in Springfield, MO and volunteered as a Youth Ministry leader at King’s Way UMC. For six months, Beth had the opportunity to provide interim leadership to their middle-school program during a season of transition.…
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Dave Divjak

Dave Divjak

Leadership Board Member: 2021-2023. Dave and his wife, Cinda, started attending Manchester UMC in 1990, as their sons, Jay and Aaron both attended Circle of Friends preschool. Both sons have since married, reside in the St Louis area and each have one daughter. Dave currently serves as President of the Manchester UMC Chancel Choir, Treasurer of…
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Ali Fields

Director of Social JusticeLeadership Board Member: 2021-2023 Ali and her partner, Steve, joined Manchester UMC in March 2012. Their sons, Wyatt (11) and Harrison (9), are Circle of Friends graduates and active in the children’s choirs. Her whole family loves to participate in the Vacation Bible School evening program. Ali graduated with a degree in…
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Linda Horodenski

Leadership Board Member: 2021-2022. Linda has attended Manchester for more than 30 years. Raised in the Catholic church, Linda found a home at Manchester UMC. Over the years, she has taught children’s Sunday School and Confirmation. She also has held leadership roles with Vacation Bible School when her two girls were still young. Taking Disciple…
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Kristi Koehl

Leadership Board Member: 2021-2023. Kristi and her family (Will, William, and Hudson) have been attending Manchester UMC since moving to St. Louis from Los Angeles in 2014. They became members in 2017. Kristi is on hiatus from the Modern Worship Team during the pandemic, but is looking forward to returning in the future. Kristi has…
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Jim Lange

Leadership Board Member: 2021-2023. Jim and his wife, Linda, have been attending Manchester UMC since 2014 and have been members since 2015. They have lived in St. Charles County since getting married 46 years ago. Tom, their oldest son lives in Cincinnati with his wife and daughter. Brian, their younger son, lives in Nashville with…
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Rob Peterson

Leadership Board Member: 2021-2022. Rob, and his wife Kari, have been members of Manchester UMC since 2015. They have four children and five grandchildren. Rob grew up in Iowa and then moved to Springfield, MO where he met his wife. Rob graduated from Missouri State University with a master’s in accountancy and his family moved…
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Tara Sintek

SonShine Singers Choir Director Tara Sintek and her husband, Marc, have been members at Manchester United Methodist Church since the fall of 2008. The first ministry involvement for Tara was the Chancel Choir, which allowed her to connect with many people, as well as serve the church during worship. The couple’s two sons Caleb (11)…
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Mary Pettit

Director of Finance As Finance Director, I am responsible for all accounting functions, and providing financial information and resources to support ministry leaders.  Our department processes all church receipts and disbursements, maintains donor records, and prepares monthly reports for the Leadership Board.  We assist with budgeting, special analysis projects, and account for the church’s Endowment…
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Sherri Estes

Office Manager I serve as the Office Manager, Custodial Supervisor, and Assistant to the Administrative Staff for Manchester UMC. I feel blessed to be here and work with such a diverse group of people.

Corrine Thompson

Finance Assistant I was born in Sandpoint, ID. I grew up as a child in Fort Wayne, IN and a teen in Eugene, OR. I have also lived in Virginia, Hawaii, Wisconsin and here in Missouri. I studied to be a Dental Assistant (but never worked as one). I have worked as a bakery clerk,…
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John Cargile

Organist/Music Associate I joined the MUMC staff as Organist/Music Associate in November of 2007. At MUMC I assist the Director of Music in many aspects of the music program; serve as Principal Organist and oversee our two associate organists; accompany both the Chancel and Coventry Choirs; and direct the Youth Choir CANTATE. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to play the wonderful Colby…
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Kiersten Rose

Director of Modern Worship Born and raised in western St. Charles County, I grew up surrounded by the wonderful sound of music, listening to my dad play drums with various bands in and around St. Louis. Musical seeds were planted when I began piano lessons at the age of six, and by the time I…
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Kevin McBeth

Director of Music & Worship I joined the staff of Manchester United Methodist Church in 1995, after serving churches in Texas and Iowa.  As Director of Music and Worship Arts, I have the great privilege to lead this vital ministry, which includes nearly 500 children, youth and adults in all facets of Fine Arts:  music,…
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Brian Gagliano

Audio Visual Arts Coordinator I serve as the Audio Visual Arts Coordinator at Manchester United Methodist Church.

Felicia Barringer

Administrative Assistant – Youth I joined the Manchester United Methodist Church staff February 1, 2012 as the Youth Small Groups Coach. My title has changed a few times since then and I am now the Youth Administrative Assistant. I am responsible for all the behind the scenes workings of youth group. I hold a B.A.…
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Chessey Brenton

Director of Children’s Education & Family Ministry MUMC has been my church home since I was a little girl. My faith journey at MUMC has included participation in Sunday School, Youth Group & Choir, the Ancient-New Worship Service, and Leadership Board. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University, a Master of…
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Kim Taylor West

Leadership Board Member: 2021-2023. Kim and her husband, Jason West, met at a Manchester UMC Bible study in 2012. They were married at the church in 2015. Kim grew up in Central California and would come to visit family in St. Louis every summer. Kim raised both of her daughters at Concord Trinity UMC and…
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Rev. Phil Estes

Executive Pastor of Operations & Generosity As the Pastor of Administration, and an ordained Deacon, Phil has the joy of working collaboratively with the many people of Manchester United Methodist Church in ministry for others. He has a passion for mission and community development, both at home in Augusta and through Manchester UMC. The ministry…
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Rev. Winter Hamilton

Associate Pastor of Faith Formation I am delighted to serve at Manchester United Methodist Church as the Associate Pastor of Faith Formation. I graduated with my Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A life-long United Methodist, I am an ordained deacon in the UMC, with sacramental authority. With almost two decades as a Christian…
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Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein

Director of Congregational Care Rev. Dr. Mary Beth Hartenstein is the part-time Director of Congregational Care at Manchester UMC. She is responsible for developing, organizing, and managing the Congregational Care Ministry of Manchester UMC in collaboration with key stakeholders. She also supports the congregation and community through her presence, prayers, and coordination of resources. Mary…
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Tiffany Conway

Ministry Coordinator Tiffany Conway supports Rev. Jim Peich, as well as Adult Faith Formation with Rev. Winter Hamilton, and Missions with Liz Shuburte.  Tiffany is originally from Indianapolis, IN, and moved to St. Louis in 1999 with her family.  She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Administration from the School of…
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Rev. Jim Peich

Executive Pastor of Ministry & Leadership Rev. Jim Peich is the Executive Pastor of Ministry & Leadership at Manchester United Methodist Church. Jim serves as a member of the Church Leadership Board as well as our Pastoral, Lead and Senior Leadership Teams. He has responsibility for leadership development, human resources, communications and provides oversight for…
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Rev. Andy Bryan

Rev. Andy Bryan is our Lead Pastor. He and his wife, Erin, are the parents of three children, and serve as a foster family. Rev. Andy’s appointment before coming to us was at Campbell United Methodist Church in Springfield, Missouri. He has 19 years of pastoral experience, plus seven years in music ministry. He studied at…
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