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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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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

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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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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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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Manchester UMC: “2021 Plan”

Background In January 2018, a group of members, clergy and staff gathered offsite for an all-day workshop to discuss, dream and discern where God is calling Manchester UMC over the next four years. From that session, the group proposed six 2021 priorities and related goals to the church Leadership Board. The group also recommended that…
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Youth leadership

Youth Leadership Teams

There are many ways to be a leader for the Manchester Youth. We have four teams that meet on week nights and they are open to all youth. Team members learn valuable leadership skills while they plan and implement important aspects of Manchester Youth programming. Here is the Updated COVID Protocols for Fall 2021. Learn…
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