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About Manchester UMC

Manchester United Methodist Church is a 2,600-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

2022 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

2022 Lay LeaderLeadership 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 with…
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Sue Belval

Leadership Board Member: 2022-2024 My husband, Jim, and I moved back from Frankfurt, Germany with our two children in 1982 and began looking for a church home. We were very impressed with Manchester UMC and the quality of the worship services and music programs. We quickly enrolled our daughter in the Circle of Friends Preschool…
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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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John Higdon

Leadership Board Member: 2022-2024 John and his wife, Jane, moved to Ballwin in late 2017 after living in the Alton, Illinois area for 27 years. They were members of Main Street United Methodist Church in Alton, and became members of Manchester UMC in January of 2019. John is the Manager of Retirement Benefits for SSM…
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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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Izzy Massey

Leadership Board Member: 2022-2024 Izzy, her sister Anna, and her parents Autumn and Brian Massey, have been members at Manchester UMC for 20 years. Anna, her sister, is a student at Southeast Missouri State University. Autumn, her mother, is an elementary school teacher. Brian, her father, is an electrical engineer. Izzy’s family has been a very…
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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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George Mogannam

Leadership Board Member: 2022-2023 George Mogannam’s photo and bio are coming soon.

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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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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