Month: April 2018

Tara Sintek

Tara Sintek and her husband, Marc, have been members at Manchester United Methodist Church since the fall of 2008. The first ministry involvement for Tara was the Chancel Choir, which allowed her to connect with many people, as well as serve the church during worship. The couple’s two sons Caleb (7) and Carter (4½) attend(ed) …

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Mary Pettit

Director of Finance 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 church’s Endowment …

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Sherry Boland

Handbell Program Director A native of Dayton, Ohio, I began ringing handbells in 1974 at my home church.  As a 20 year Air Force wife, I have had the opportunity to travel and live in 12 states and Great Britain. In 1979 I began directing children’s and high school choral and handbell choirs in Oklahoma, …

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Carolyn Langston

Pastoral Assistant and Coordinator of Congregational Care I grew up on a farm in southwestern Missouri and attended Missouri State University. I have two adult children: a daughter, her husband and my granddaughter, who live in Benton Park; and a son, his wife, a grandson and two granddaughters, who live in Tulsa, OK. I live in the …

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Sherri Estes

Office Manager I started working at Manchester United Methodist Church as the Executive Administrative Assistant in August 2015.  In March 2018, I was promoted to Office Manager and Custodial Supervisor.  Additionally, I am the assistant to the Pastor of Business Administration and Generosity, Director of Finance, Director of Strategic Communications and the Pastor of Young Adult Ministry.  …

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Corrine Thompson

Finance Assistant I was born in Sandpoint, ID. I grew up as a child in Fort Wayne, IN and a teen in Eugene, OR. I have also lived in Virginia, Hawaii, Wisconsin and here in Missouri. I studied to be a Dental Assistant (but never worked as one). I have worked as a bakery clerk, …

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Ray Smith

Finance Assistant I grew up on a farm in northeast Iowa and graduated from Iowa State University. I spent eight years in the Air Force living in both the Far East and Europe; then returned to Iowa to work for Ralston Purina as an accountant. A job transfer brought my family and I to St. Louis in 1985. In …

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Bill Boland

Chapel Music Coordinator A native of south St. Louis, and a graduate of the Washington University School of Architecture, I have worked as a registered architect in St. Louis for 40 years. I studied piano for 12 years, and have been a member of the St. Louis Symphony chorus. A 35-year member of MUMC, I was …

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John Cargile

Organist/Music Associate I joined the MUMC staff as Organist/Music Associate in November of 2007. At MUMC I assist the Director of Music in many aspects of the music program; serve as Principal Organist and oversee our two associate organists; accompany both the Chancel and Coventry Choirs; and direct the Youth Choir CANTATE. I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to play the wonderful Colby …

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Kiersten Rose

Director of Modern Worship Born and raised in western St. Charles County, I grew up surrounded by the wonderful sound of music, listening to my dad play drums with various bands in and around St. Louis. Musical seeds were planted when I began piano lessons at the age of six, and by the time I …

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Lori Borger

Director of Drama Ministry & Children’s Music Ministry I am very blessed to have a career that combines three areas that I am most passionate about and have training and experience in: theatre, music and children. I believe all three areas have limitless possibilities for powerfully communicating the love, grace, peace and justice that we …

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Kevin McBeth

Director of Music & Worship I joined the staff of Manchester United Methodist Church in 1995, after serving churches in Texas and Iowa.  As Director of Music and Worship Arts, I have the great privilege to lead this vital ministry, which includes nearly 500 children, youth and adults in all facets of Fine Arts:  music, …

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Linda Simino

Administrative Assistant – Children’s Education & Social Justice I joined the Manchester United Methodist Church staff in October 2001 and currently serve as Administrative Assistance for Children’s Education and Social Justice.  I am a native of St. Louis and now reside on 3 acres in Eureka where I can indulge my love of outdoors and …

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Felicia Barringer

Administrative Assistant – Youth I joined the Manchester United Methodist Church staff February 1, 2012 as the Youth Small Groups Coach. My title has changed a few times since then and I am now the Youth Administrative Assistant. I am responsible for all the behind the scenes workings of youth group. I hold a B.A. …

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Portrait of Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk, Social Justice Coordinator

Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk

Social Justice/Literacy Coordinator I serve as Manchester UMC’s Social Justice Coordinator. I received my Master of Theological Studies with a concentration in Religion, Ethics, and Politics from Harvard University. Most recently, I was the Associate Director of the Center for Social Empowerment in Ferguson, MO. I have been involved in ecumenical work and activism for over ten …

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Chessey Brenton

Director of Children’s Education & Family Ministry MUMC has been my church home since I was a little girl. My faith journey at MUMC has included participation in Sunday School, Youth Group & Choir, the Ancient-New Worship Service, and Leadership Board. I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Missouri State University, a Master of …

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Sally Cleveland

Director of Nursery & Safe Sanctuary I have been a member of the MUMC staff since 2006, and currently serve as the Director of Nursery & Safe Sanctuary.  In this role I combine my love for children and my responsibility to provide a safe environment for the children and youth who attend our church. I …

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Joe Strohm

Joe and his wife, Vicki, have attended Manchester UMC since 2011. They have two children Ryan and Danny. Strohm 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 President, Ticket Sales. At …

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Barbara Zenser

Barbara (Barb) and her husband, Terry, are both from Ohio, but have been members of Manchester UMC since moving here over 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 here masters in reading literacy …

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Rev. Phil Estes

Executive Pastor of Operations & Generosity Rev. Phil Estes is Executive Pastor of Operations & Generosity at Manchester United Methodist Church. Get to know him better through his bio: As the Pastor of Administration, and an ordained Deacon, I have the joy of working collaboratively with the many people of Manchester United Methodist Church in …

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Christian Believers

DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: Christian Believer

Date:             Thursdays, Sept. 5 to mid-May 2020 Time:             6:30 – 8:30 p.m Location:      Room 222 | Manchester United Methodist Church Leader:         Jana Lippard Description:  The Christian Believer program focuses on classical teachings of the Christian faith—presenting, explaining, and interpreting them in a …

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Rev. Winter Hamilton

Pastor of Young Adult Ministry I am delighted to serve at Manchester United Methodist Church as the Pastor of Young Adult Ministry. I graduated with my Master’s of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. A life-long United Methodist, I am an ordained deacon in the UMC. A native of St. Louis, I served as Youth Director at …

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Rev. Stephanie Lendt

Associate Pastor, Hospitality & Congregational Care I was appointed to the pastoral staff at Manchester UMC July 2008. Prior to my appointment I was a member of MUMC since 1996. It’s wonderful serving my home church. I am an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church and a 2009 graduate of Eden Theological Seminary with …

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Tiffany Conway

Faith Formation Coordinator My name is Tiffany Conway. I am originally from Indianapolis, IN, and moved to St. Louis in 1999. I graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Public and Environmental Affairs with a minor in Business. My husband, Pete, and I have been married for 23 years.  We have two awesome …

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Portrait of Ellen Ewing, Circle of Friends Preschool

Ellen Ewing

Two’s Teacher – Circle of Friends My name is Ellen Ewing and am a teacher in one of the two’s room. I have a degree in English Literature from Washington University of St. Louis.  I have been involved in early childhood education as a teacher or volunteer for over a decade.  In Spring of 2019, …

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Portrait of Rev. Jim Peich

Rev. Jim Peich

Executive Pastor of Ministry & Leadership Rev. Jim Peich is the Executive Pastor of Ministry & Leadership at Manchester United Methodist Church. Jim serves as a member of the Church Leadership Board as well as our Pastoral and Senior Leadership Teams. He has responsibility for leadership development and provides oversight for all program ministries and …

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Off-Site Missions

Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we …

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Bike Rehab volunteers fix bikes in a basement filled with tools and work tables.

On-Site Missions

Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we …

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Core Classes

Core Classes are offered several times throughout the year and are a great way to learn more about yourself, our faith and how you can connect and serve here. Below are some upcoming Core Classes: Core Class New Member Class For more information or assistance in enrolling in an upcoming class, please contact Pastor Jim Peich or Tiffany Conway. …

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Autumn Dennis

Director of Missions I graduated with my Master of Theological Studies from Vanderbilt Divinity School in 2016, and am currently working on my Master of Divinity at Eden Theological Seminary. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, I have been active in ecumenical service and justice activities for the past ten years. I was ordained in October …

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Young Adult Justice & Missions

We’re committed to using our voice and influence to meet the needs of the marginalized in our community while also bringing awareness and change to the circumstances that create injustice. Together, we can foster real and lasting change in our community. Below are some of the mission and justice activities that we’d love to have …

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Young Adult Groups

We believe that life is better when we’re connected with other people in community. That’s why we offer several ongoing groups that meet regularly. These groups are fun, safe, encouraging and located across the St. Louis area. Some groups meet in homes while others meet at public places. Sometimes, people who have attend one of …

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Young Adult Classes

We offer a variety of timely and intriguing classes throughout the year that appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Whether it’s a book study, simply talking about current events or tackling some of the most important social issues of our day, we welcome discussion, dialogue and learning. Most of our classes are free and …

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Young Adult Communities

If you’re between the ages of 18 to 35, you’ll want to check out our active and growing Young Adult communities! No matter where you are on your faith journey, life path, or location in life…you are welcome here. Some of us are college-aged, some are young singles, and some are part of young families. …

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Seasonal Missions

Manchester UMC is a church that strives to follow our scriptural calling to serve God by serving our neighbor. Putting our faith into action is a core value that we seek to live out by helping those who are vulnerable and struggling among us. This happens through a variety of missional programs and activities that we …

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LEARNING GROUP: Young Adult South City Knitting Circle

Dates:  Tuesdays:  6 to 7:30 p.m. Location:  Mangia Italiano – Game Room | 3145 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis Leader:   Liz Shuburte & Bridget Fricher Description:  This is an ongoing small group for folks, ages 18-35.  We meet in South City to knit and crochet!  Beginners and experts alike will gather weekly to create and spend …

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DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: Disciple Three – Wednesday mornings

Day:   Wednesdays, Sept. 4 to Mid-May 2020 Time:  9:30 – 11:00 a.m. Location:  Room 222 | Manchester United Methodist Church Leader:   Sydney Jumper Description: This is a Women’s Bible study class, called The Tribe.  This 32-week study will focus on the major and minor Old Testament prophets, with the exception of Daniel, and the thirteen Letters …

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Information Center Request

As the first space that people experience when they enter the building, our main lobby is critical to making a positive impression. Because of its importance, a team has been working together to identify ways to make the lobby more approachable, accessible and organized for the benefit of new and existing people. The first enhancement …

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