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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 an administrator for over 27 years. Prior to joining Circle of Friends, I was the director of a corporate child development center in downtown St. Louis. I am the proud parent of twin boys. In my spare time I love to read, spend time with my boys, enjoy the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues, and I used to scuba dive (which I hope to get back into soon). I am thrilled to be a part of the Circle of Friends family!


Rev. Kurt Schuermann

Pastor Kurt brings with him a wealth of experience leading United Methodist congregations in Missouri. He served in seven United Methodist Churches in Missouri over the course of nearly thirty-five years. He also served as the District Superintendent of the Gateway Central District for eight years. Pastor Kurt has five

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Scott Hammon

Scott Hammon is the Facilities Manager at Manchester UMC.  Scott started working at MUMC and learning our buildings on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Scott first started learning to repair and maintain church facilities when he was 10 years old and was the grandson of the preacher.

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Rev. Dr. Andy Blacksher

Rev. Dr. Andy Blacksher is the Executive Pastor of Operations at Manchester UMC. He and his wife, Kristen, met in college at Missouri State University. They have two children, Zachary & Nathan, who are both excited to be a part of a church community that offers so many opportunities for

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