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About Manchester UMC

Manchester United Methodist Church is a 2,700-member congregation that traces its roots back to 1826. The church is one of the largest United Methodist congregations in the United States and is located in West St. Louis County of Missouri. The church is an inclusive community where all are welcome. WELCOME We extend God’s love and…
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Beth Hunyar

2021 Leadership Board Chairperson. Leadership Board Member: 2020-2022. Beth and her husband, Dave, have been members of Manchester UMC since 2013. They have been married for almost fifteen years and have three children. Lillian, who has been part of the youth choirs, youth drama team, youth group, middle school chat, and is currently completing the…
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Jeff Haupt

2021 Lay Leader. Leadership Board Member: 2020-2022. Jeff and his wife, Michelle, have been members at Manchester UMC since 2012. They have two sons, Brayden and Cameron, both of which attend(ed) the Circle of Friends Preschool. Brayden is active in the children’s choir. Jeff grew up in Branson, Missouri. He graduated from Missouri State University…
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Aidan Combs

Leadership Board Member: 2021-2023. Aidan and his wife, Kathryn, their children Noah, Phoebe and Silas, have been attending Manchester UMC since 2018. An Illinois native, Aidan moved to the St. Louis area after meeting his wife in 2011. Aidan serves as a Lay Reader, has performed in church plays and dramatic readings, is a member…
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Ali Fields

Leadership Board Member: 2021. Ali and her partner, Steve, joined Manchester UMC in March 2012. Their sons, Wyatt (10) and Harrison (8), attended Circle of Friends Preschool and are 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 Theatre from…
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Chuck Healy

Leadership Board Member: 2019-2021. Chuck, his wife Lynne, and their family have attended Manchester UMC since 1999, when they moved to St. Louis from the East Coast. They have three children, Jay, who lives in the Kansas City area with his wife, Becki; Sarah, who lives in the Tower Grove South neighborhood of the city;…
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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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Susanne Mertens

Leadership Board Member: 2020-2022. After moving back to St. Louis from California, Susanne and her three children joined Manchester UMC in 1994. In her professional careers, Susanne was an elementary educator, Paralegal in Trusts and Estates, and a Trust Officer. Some of the most rewarding years were being a stay-at-home mom when the children were…
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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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Leadership Board Resources

The Leadership Board is the governing body of Manchester UMC. The Leadership Board, as a whole, fulfills the functions of Church Council, Trustees, Finance, and Pastor-Parish Relations Committee as defined in the United Methodist Book of Discipline. Manchester UMC’s Leadership Board consists of 15 voting lay members. They are nominated by the nominations committee and…
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Joe Strohm

Leadership Board Member: 2019-2021. Joe and his wife, Vicki, have attended Manchester UMC since 2011. They have two children, Ryan and Danny. Joe is a native of Marshall, IL. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degree from Eastern Illinois University.  Joe has worked for the St. Louis Cardinals since 1987. He is currently the Vice…
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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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June Van Klaveren

Leadership Board Member: 2021-2023 June and her husband, Larry, are originally from Iowa and have been Manchester UMC members since 1977. Their two children, Allison and Paul, grew up at MUMC. Over the years, June has served on Staff Parish Relations, Chancel Choir, Prayer Shawl Ministry, as photographer for special events, Sunday School and VBS…
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Barbara Zenser

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…
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