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As a life-long Christian and native St. Louisan, David grew up in a Pentecostal church where he participated in music ministry from an early age. He enjoyed being involved in both choirs and Sunday School classes, singing his first solo in church at age 3.

Throughout his life, David has loved education, music, and communication, participating in music, drama, and writing. His love for pastoral work and theology led him to graduate with an M.Div. in 2015 and to pursue opportunities to serve both churches and parachurch/faith-based organizations. He enjoys learning, teaching, writing, arranging, conducting, praying, and reading and is glad to get to serve here as ministry coordinator at Manchester UMC.


Mary Pettit

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

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Janis Thompson

I was directed to Manchester UMC in September 2019 and became a member shortly thereafter.  I soon joined the Welcome Team, packed bags for Food 4 Kids, joined MO-Hab in support of Habitat for Humanity, enrolled in classes and Making Disciples bible study, and Disciple Bible Study classes.  I am

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Melanie Knipping

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

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