Manchester United Methodist Church

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) Circle of Friends Preschool, and daughter Elise (15 months) will attend in the fall. Circle of Friends introduced Tara to some of her closest friends since moving to St. Louis in 2008.

Tara is also active with various Children’s Ministry events and Vacation Bible School. She directs the SonShine Singers (Kindergarten/1st Grade Choir). Currently, she stays at home to care for her children, but previously, she worked at Washington University as a Development Officer.

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 funds.  As an administrative department, our goal is to assist the program and worship teams accomplish the mission to love, worship and serve Christ.

I earned my C.P.A. certificate, and am a graduate of the University of Missouri – St. Louis with a B.S. in Business Administration.  I worked in public accounting for more than 20 years, preparing corporate financial statements and tax returns.  Previous experience includes supervising subsidiary accounting at Peabody Coal Company, and being the Controller for a start-up video production company.

My husband, Phil and I have a son and daughter, and enjoy spending time with our large extended family in the St. Louis area.  We are first time grandparents and extremely excited about this amazing gift in our lives.  In my free time, I look forward to working out at the gym, reading, and catching up with friends.

I am grateful to be a member of the MUMC staff, to serve our members, and enjoy the warm and welcoming environment.  I see Christ at work within our walls on a daily basis.

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, with continued directing in Georgia, New York and at First United Methodist in Fort Worth, Texas.  Moving to St. Louis and MUMC in 1984, I founded the Vesper Bell Choir in 1985 and became a member of the church.  In 1987, I joined the staff as the part-time Handbell Program Director, teaching children, high schoolers, 2 adult choirs and 2 ensembles. I currently direct 1 beginning ensemble and 2 mixed youth and adult choirs.  Our choirs ring praise monthly in service September through May and spread the Joy of Music.

I have directed MUMC ringing choirs in local and national events with performances at the St. Louis  MUNY Opera, Pops at Queeny Park, American Guild of English Handbell Ringers’ (AGEHR) St. Louis National Directors’ Seminar at the Old Cathedral, Susan Slaughter’s Holiday Brass Concert at Cathedral Basilica, and Richard Hayman’s Christmas Pops at Powell Hall.

Active in AGEHR, now known as Handbell Musicians of America (HMA), I have served Area 8 as Missouri State Treasurer, State Chair and currently serve as the St. Louis Local Liaison.  I am a co-founder and board member of Handbell Association of Greater St. Louis and teach, organize, and direct at the organization’s planned events.  Favorite activities have been ringing for 18 years with 100 + ringers in  Bay View, Michigan’s Summer Arts Program, Week of Handbells, and with 200 Area 5 ringers at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

A business graduate of the University of Cincinnati, I attended Western Oklahoma State University majoring in music with additional music education credits from Wright State University.

A son and daughter and their families live in Dallas, Texas and a son and his family live in St. Charles.    My 2 favorite step-daughters live in the West County area.   I married Bill Boland in 1990.  Bill is a retired architect and the Chapel Music Coordinator. Together we enjoy our 7 grandchildren and being on the staff at MUMC.


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 The Hill neighborhood in St. Louis.

I attend St. Francis Xavier (College) Church and I am active in Contemplative Outreach of St. Louis. I’m a trained Stephen Leader, volunteer with Bridge Bread, and am a Lay Associate with the Sisters of Mercy in Frontenac. My background includes a career as a human resource manager in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I have worked at MUMC since January of 2000 and am a Pastoral Assistant to Pastors Greg Weeks and Stephanie Lendt and am also the Congregational Care Coordinator..

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.  I feel blessed to be here and work with such a diverse group of people.

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, a college mail-room clerk, a picture framer, a bookkeeper and now am Finance Assistant at Manchester United Methodist Church.

I am married to Ken Thompson and have two daughters, Ann (who passed away in 1992) and Amy. Amy is an RN and is married to a Methodist minister. They have three sons. They all do mission work as well.

I have been involved with Girl Scouts (a leader), PTA’s, Sunday School (as a teacher and office helper and summer programs), UMW Circles, Altar Guild, Pew Crew, Memorial Garden/Cemetery, Grocery Cards, Missions, Total Body Workout (and other exercise groups), and installing various gardens on the MUMC property. I am a colon cancer survivor.

I enjoy crafts, sewing (mainly cross stitch) and reading.

My greatest accomplishment (besides my daughters) is the John Wesley Ward Meditation and Memorial Garden.

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 2009 I joined the staff at Manchester United Methodist Church as the Accounts Payable Associate in the finance department.

My wife, Joyce, and I have been members of MUMC since 1986. We have two adult children who are both married, and two grandchildren. I enjoy reading, traveling, hiking, bicycling and maintaining a hobby farm in Southeast Iowa.

Since 1997 Joyce and I have lead the MO-Hab Riders Ministry. We are a group of bicyclists who participate in an annual multi-day ride to raise awareness and funds for Habitat for Humanity-St. Louis. If you are interested in bicycling, come ride with us.

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 involved in the creation of Coventry Choir, serving for a while as the group’s director. I was a charter member of the One Voice contemporary worship team, and sang in the Chancel Choir for 15 years. I have played in the Vesper Bell Choir for about 20 years under the direction of my wife, Sherry.

While studying music orchestration and composition at the University of Missouri, I was asked to provide music for the Saturday evening chapel services. After accepting the position, I formed the Woods Mill Ensemble, and now arrange music for the two weekly services.

I have two daughters, Becky and Patti, and between my wife and I, we have seven grandchildren. I continue to enjoy taking a variety of courses at UMSL.

Email: [email protected]

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 pipe organ that was installed in 2015.

In 2015 I accompanied the Manchester choir in performances at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy and a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome. In 2012 I made my debut at Carnegie Hall as pianist for Robert Ray’s “Gospel Mass.” In 2008 I accompanied the Manchester choir at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC which was favorably reviewed in the Washington Post. After graduating from Ball State University I taught high school for three years going on to serve as full-time music director for Catholic choirs prior to coming to St. Louis. Choirs under my direction have sung in Italy as part of the prestigious Pontificio Istituto di Musica Sacra with concerts in Florence, Assisi and Rome and masses at St. Peter’s Basilica with then pope, now Saint John Paul II as celebrant.

I have performed organ recitals throughout the eastern portion of the country and various churches in the metro region and have as an accompanist playing for many concerts and festivals. I was formerly staff accompanist at Parkway North High School and organist at Congregation Shaare Emeth. I have served as principal accompanist for the Lambda Men’s Chorus (Memphis, TN) and the Heart of America Men’s Chorus (Wichita, KS). In addition to my work at the church, I currently serve as accompanist for the St. Louis Gateway Men’s Chorus and the Black Tulip Chorale. Professional memberships include the American Choral Directors Association and the American Guild of Organists. I am a lover of mid-century modern design/architecture with a passion for the works of Eliel and Eero Saarinen, Richard Neutra, George Nelson and the churches of Harold E. Wagoner.

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 was ten I knew I wanted to be a professional musician. Over the years I’ve been blessed to have performed in various venues, have written and produced four independent albums in the Contemporary Christian and Jazz genres, and hold Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Jazz Studies from Webster University.

I have led worship in various churches, conferences, and gatherings around the Midwest and pull from my experience in many Christian denominations to create a culture of worship that speaks to seasoned and new believers, young and old. My desire is to press into the reason of why and how we worship and find creative new ways to express our devotion to God. Beyond what I “do,” I love God and want my life to be worshipful, anyway and anywhere.

My husband, Bryan, and I currently reside in Ellisville with our blended family of five “kids.” Along with music, I love cooking, vegetable gardening, reading, hiking, and rehabbing our 1950’s ranch home.

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 are called to bring to our world. I feel privileged to both lead and follow others in those efforts at Manchester United Methodist Church. My moving from a career in performance, teaching, and “jingle singing” to a career in a church follows the path of FOUR United Methodist pastors in my extended family.

Our Drama Ministry program includes all ages, novices to professionals, and encompasses actors, scenic artists, audio visual artists, costumers, choreographers, liturgical dancers, and lay readers who share their gifts in productions and special services or events.

Our Children’s Music Ministry program encompasses service, outreach, fellowship, and spiritual growth through music and fun! The Music Makers Choir, which I direct, presents a musical annually.

Outside of work, I love gardening, cooking, “zentangling” & calligraphy, live theatre & movies, photography, and being “Mimi” to our grandchild, Ian!

My family came to St.Louis from San Diego, but my husband Bill and I both grew up in Kansas. Bill works for the Muny (and is my partner in most MUMC Drama endeavors!) Our daughter, Brianna and her husband Adrian Aguilar are both musical theatre actors in Chicago and he is a crossfit trainer. Our son, Tom, a web developer, and his wife Sarah, a psychologist, live in Minneapolis. They too have a history of careers in theatre…it runs deep in our family!

A favorite quote that I’m happy to say I personally identify with is: “To love what you do, and feel that it matters…how can anything be more fun?” by Katharine Graham.

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, drama, dance and scenic arts.  Within this ministry, I conduct the Chancel Choir, Coventry Choir and Manchester Brass!  Worship Planning and managing the Joy of Music Concert series are part of my primary responsibilities.

In January of 2011, I was named Director of the St. Louis Symphony’s IN UNISON® Chorus and the Holiday Festival Chorus!  Over the past 20 years, I’ve conducted honor, festival and touring choirs (choral and handbell) in the United States and Canada.  A few of my previous appointments also include Adjunct Professor in Choral Music at Webster University, Assistant Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, and Music Director of the St. Louis Metro Singers.  Additional highlights include performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center, 10 commissions and 2 European tours.

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 gardening.  I am married and have two adult children and a granddaughter.

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. in Human Services from Millikin University (Go Big Blue!) and a M.S.W. from Washington University in St. Louis. I am a social worker by trade, and have a full-time job as a School Social Worker for Special School District.  I have known for as long as I can remember that I wanted to work with kids- and both of my jobs bring me great joy!

I moved to St. Louis in 2011 with my husband Brent (fiance then!) to attend graduate school. Since then we have moved twice and added some family members! We have one son and 2 rescue pups. We enjoy going to concerts, entertaining our family and friends over a bonfire and BBQ, and spending time outside.

Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk

Portrait of Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk, Social Justice Coordinator

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 years. I am a contributing author to the Holding Up Your Corner Curriculum and author of the accompanying youth resource. As a former educator with Teach for America, I have extensive experience in curriculum development, piloting justice initiatives, and facilitating social justice trainings. I have trained over 2,500 individuals across the nation in a variety of social justice ministries.

In addition to my duties as Social Justice Coordinator, I am helping launch Manchester UMC’s young adult outreach efforts in St. Louis City.

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 Arts in teaching from Lindenwood University, and a Master of Arts in zoology from Miami University of Ohio. This opportunity connects all of my passions: education, science, and ministry. I love having the opportunity to serve God and the families of Manchester UMC through this ministry.  God has wonderful plans for our church and I cannot wait to be a part of the excitement.  My family loves meeting members, visitors, and community members, so I look forward to seeing you soon here at Manchester UMC.

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 have been blessed to work with young children for over forty years.  I have a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with certification in Library/Information from the University of South Florida and a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education form Webster University.  My career includes positions as an elementary school librarian, a kindergarten teacher, an early childhood consultant with Head Start, and an NAEYC validator. Before joining the MUMC staff, I assessed qualifying preschool programs funded by the Missouri Preschool Project using the ECERS-R instrument.

I was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, and upon graduation from college, married my high school sweetheart, Bill.  We lived in Florida, Georgia, and Texas before moving to Des Peres, and have been members of MUMC since 1984. We have three adult children and four wonderful grandchildren, all residing in the St. Louis area.  I enjoy reading, cooking, baking, and spending time with my family.

Joe Strohm

Photo of 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 Manchester UMC, Joe serves on the Staff Parish Committee and the Generosity team. He has also completed Manchester Academy training.

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 from University of Missouri. While Barbara is retired from 25 years of teaching at the elementary levels, she continues to work in literacy with Reading Is Fundamental and the OASIS tutoring program.

In their years at Manchester UMC, Barbara has been involved in a range of groups. However, her major passion has been in Missions and Social Justice, especially related to children and families. Over twenty years ago, she and her husband initiated the church’s Habitat for Humanity StL outreach, which remains an active ministry today. She currently spearheads the church’s volunteer events with Epworth Children and Family Services.

Barbara is grateful for the many opportunities to learn and to grow, and to be in community with Manchester UMC.

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 ministry for others. I have a passion for mission and community development, both at home in Augusta and through Manchester UMC. The ministry of administration offers a great variety of opportunities to serve and equip others for Christ’s work in the world including:

  • Budget Development and Implementation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Facility Planning and Property Management
  • Operations Planning and Oversight
  • Stewardship/Generosity Learning and Communications

I am an Alumnus of the University Of Missouri – Columbia with an M.S. in Community Development, a B.A. in Sociology, a minor in Spanish, and 28 hours of theology from Eden Seminary and the United Methodist School of Studies. My wonderful wife, Lori, and I are blessed with three children. I’m a life-long Missourian, born in Carthage and a St. Louis resident since age 2. Lori is from northwestern Illinois, a farm community near Aledo. Together, we enjoy art, music, theater, hiking, biking, motorcycle riding and general fitness.

DISCIPLE BIBLE STUDY: Christian Believer

Christian Believers

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 way that you can understand, through the use of words, symbols, and hymns. Over a 30-week period, you will examine the writings of ancient and modern Christian commentators and view video presentations by leading Bible scholars.  Childcare is available with advanced registration. Book Fee:  $40.00.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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SPECIAL CLASS: Advent Bracelet (Design Your Own)

Date:  Wednesday, Nov. 6  (1 session)
Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Location:  Room 141 | Manchester UMC
Leader:   Genny Schumacher

Description:  Join us as we make a beautiful, beaded holiday bracelet.  You’ll have time to visit and chat as you make your unique creation.  Make one for yourself or make one to give away as a special Christmas gift!  No previous experience necessary. Advanced registration required.  Materials fee:  $18.  Please pay cash at the beginning of class.  Childcare is available with advance registration.

IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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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 University United Methodist Church for six years. I spent a year serving at the General Commission on the Status and Role of Women where I was lifted up for my skills in liturgical planning. I am passionate about working with young people, process theology, feminist and black liberation theology, sacramental theology, and spiritual formation. While at Garrett-Evangelical, I was awarded the honors for excellence in field ministry and for the advancement of women in ministry and the academy. I was also officially recognized by my colleagues for my gifts in preaching.

I love underground music, especially punk rock and hip-hop. I have also spent over half of my life in the service industry, and consider it a call to serve people good food, drinks, and hospitality. I am married to my partner and best friend, Andy Hamilton. We have two children Iva and Milo.

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 a Master of Divinity degree. I have a passion for preaching and leading our Saturday 3:45 and 5:00 p.m. Worship Services in the chapel. In addition, I am responsible for congregational care: caring for those in need and equipping members to care for one another. And, I oversee our extraordinary Welcome Team, aka The Red Shirts (you can’t miss them on a Sunday morning).

I grew up in Ames, Iowa and am a graduate of Iowa State University…Go Cyclones! For 20 years I worked as graphic designer and art director. Having lived in the St. Louis area since 1984, this is definitely home to my kids and I, Valerie and Aaron.

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 children, Colin, and Kendall (5th Grade).  We have been members of Manchester United Methodist church since 2002. My favorite things include attending concerts, traveling, gardening, and being with my family.

Ellen Ewing

Portrait of Ellen Ewing, Circle of Friends Preschool

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, I served as Interim Director of Circle of Friends and was a teacher here six years before that. I am the proud parent to two middle school kids, and my husband and I live in Ballwin.  In my spare time, I love running, reading, cooking, playing with my cats, and spending time with  my family.  I am thrilled to be a part of the Circle of Friends family!

You can reach me at [email protected].

Rev. Jim Peich

Portrait of 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 related staff including preschool, nursery, children, family, youth, young adults, connections, groups, discipleship, membership, missions, social justice, etc. Jim also manages our 4-year strategic planning process . In December of 2019, Jim will be hosting a Holy Land Trip.

Jim grew up in southern Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. After moving to Manchester in early 2000, Jim met and fell in love with his wife, Karen. They were married at Manchester UMC in the fall of 2004 and enjoyed six years as members of Manchester UMC.

After relocating to O’Fallon, Missouri, Jim and Karen became members of a United Methodist church near their new home. In 2012, Jim answered God’s call to vocational ministry and he enrolled in seminary to obtain his Master of Divinity. In 2013, Jim joined the staff of Morning Star UMC as Pastor of Faith Formation. In that capacity, he served on their Executive and Pastoral Teams with oversight responsibility for children, youth, connections, baptism, membership, groups, discipleship and technology.

Before moving into vocational ministry, Jim enjoyed a rewarding career in marketing and banking at Edward Jones. During that time, he also had the honor of representing Ward 3 as an elected Alderman in the City of Manchester. Jim has also served in various roles within the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church.

In addition to spending time with his family, Jim enjoys travelling, nature, music, grilling and antiquing. Karen holds a Masters degree in counseling and is an Operations Manager for an international Human Resources firm. She enjoys swimming, cooking, reading and singing in the Chancel Choir. Their son, Lucas, was born in 2008 and loves to fish, swim and be outdoors; their daughter, Samantha, was born in 2009 and enjoys swimming, music, drama and dancing. Jim and Karen also had the joy of parenting their son, Christian, for 12-weeks before he passed in 2007 at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

If you’d like to meet with Pastor Jim, please contact Tiffany Conway to schedule an appointment.

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 plan ourselves and/or partner with others in order to make a positive impact in our community.

Regardless of your age, ability, or experience, we have strong relationships with several community partners where you can put faith and love into action by becoming the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our communities, nation, and world.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve others in the greater St. Louis area, explore these missional opportunities:

Bridge Bread Delivery

Bridge Bread is a social entrepreneurship initiative designed to provide job opportunities for homeless/formerly homeless individuals. Manchester UMC sells Bridge Bread after all of our worship services each weekend. Volunteers are scheduled based upon their availability; sign up here. For more information about Bridge Bread, contact Dave Andrzejewski.

Early Response Team

The Early Response team, in partnership with The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), provide first response to natural disasters. ERT’s fill a specific need in the early days after a disaster to clean out flood-damaged homes, remove debris, place tarps on homes, and otherwise help to prevent further damage, while providing a caring Christian presence. For more information, please contact John Himpel.

Epworth Children and Family Services

Epworth is a United Methodist-related community nonprofit with the mission of helping children, youth and families move toward self-sufficiency by focusing on health, housing, education and employment. Volunteers are needed for hosting parties, making meals, and providing a loving presence. To learn more, please contact ministry leader Barb Zenser.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity St Louis is an ecumenical, non-profit organization. Its goal is to eliminate poverty housing in St. Louis city and county by using volunteers to build affordable homes for deserving families. Manchester UMC has been partnering with Habitat since 1997, helping to build 27 houses. If you enjoy physical work and are 16 years or older, you qualify!  To find out more, contact Barb and Terry Zenser.

LifeWise STL 

Through holistic programs and services, LifeWise STL  (formerly Kingdom House) helps the economically disadvantaged achieve economic independence, self-sufficiency and a path out of poverty. Several MUMC programs, such as Bike Rehab, Food 4 Kids, and the Christmas Gifts in White, benefit LifeWise STL. For a full list of all volunteer opportunities, contact Dan Richter, Director of Volunteer Engagement.

Literacy Initiative

Literacy Initiative is a new ministry of Manchester UMC. In line with Missouri Conference initiatives to provide Pathways Out of Poverty, we are beginning a new Literacy Initiative where we are partnering with Peabody Elementary School. We are looking for volunteers who are willing to read to elementary school students in the fourth grade. To learn more, contact Literacy Initiative Coordinator, Nicki Reinhardt-Swierk.


Since 1998, Manchester UMC has joined the Missouri Conference of the UMC in building relationships with villages and United Methodist churches in the Massinga District of Mozambique. Through church-to-church partnerships, funds raised by MUMC have gone to dig wells, build two schools, and begin a maternal healthcare mobile clinic using local labor and resources. To learn more about how MUMC is joining the Missouri Conference in building hope in Mozambique, visit this link or contact John Heskett.

Ready to Get Started?

If you’re ready to learn more or participate in a missional opportunity, please reach out to the program leader or email our Director of Missions, Autumn Dennis, and we’ll help you get connected right away!

Missions Working Group 

You also attend the next meeting session of the Missions Working Group, an open-door, no commitment, quarterly meeting where you can learn more about what’s going on with Missions at Manchester. All are welcome, childcare is available, and we will have snacks!

On-Site Missions

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

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 plan ourselves and/or partner with others in order to make a positive impact in our community.

Regardless of your age, ability, or experience, we host several on-going opportunities on-site for you to put faith and love into action by becoming the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our communities, nation, and world.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to serve others on site at Manchester UMC, explore these missional opportunities:

Bike Rehab

Manchester UMC’s Bike Rehab is a group that rescues beat-up bikes and rehabs them using recycled materials. Rehabbed bikes are donated to local charitable organizations, such as LifeWise STL and local schools. Bikes are also sold at highly discounted rates, with profits going back into the program to buy materials that cannot be recycled. Bike Rehab events as well as bike donation drop-offs occur at 201 Creve Coeur Avenue across the street. For more information, contact Nancy WilsonAll Ages.

Bridge Bread Weekend Sales

Bridge Bread is a social entrepreneurship initiative designed to provide job opportunities for homeless/formerly homeless individuals. Manchester UMC sells Bridge Bread after all of our worship services each weekend. Sign up online to sell bread during Saturday and Sunday services. For more information about Bridge Bread, contact Dave Andrzejewski. All ages.

Circle of Concern Food Bank

Circle Of Concern feeds the hungry and provides assistance to low-income families living in west St. Louis County. MUMC collects non-perishable food donations for Circle of Concern in the donation collection area near the Church Office. For more information, contact Director of Missions Autumn Dennis.

ESL Classes

Manchester UMC partners with the Parkway-Rockwood Area Adult Education and Literacy/ESL Program to host ESL and Citizenship classes on site. To learn more about how you can get involved in this ministry, contact Ministry Leader Susie Lashly.

Food 4 Kids

Food 4 Kids is a backpack program that provides students in the St. Louis City and Parkway school districts with nutritious food items for the weekend. To volunteer for this mission, please sign-up here. For more information or questions, contact ministry leader Erin Rimkus.  All Ages.

Mary Martha Quilters

The Mary Martha Quilters are quilters of varying ages and abilities who all have a passion for quilting and serving others. Quilts made are donated and auctioned with proceeds going towards Missions. Quilters meet every Monday when church is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. with time for lunch and fellowship. If you have any questions, contact ministry leader J.J. HancockAll Ages.

Personal Essentials Ministry

Our Personal Essentials Ministry, in partnership with Circle of Concern Food Pantry, offers basic personal care items that Food Stamps won’t cover to 600+ families each month. We collect personal hygiene items such as toilet paper, diapers, and adult incontinence products. If you have questions or want to help in collecting items, please contact Debbie McWardAll Ages.

Sandwich Ministry

Manchester UMC volunteers make and deliver over 350 sandwiches each week that are distributed to guests of St. Vincent de Paul Parish. These sandwiches help sustain homeless and at-risk people in St. Louis. All ages and abilities are invited to put their faith into action each Tuesday from 10:30-11:30am in MUMC’s Fellowship Hall. If you have questions, please contact ministry leader Liz Shuburte. All Ages.

Ready to Get Started?

If you’re ready to learn more or participate in a missional opportunity, please reach out to the program leader or email our Director of Missions, Autumn Dennis, and we’ll help you get connected right away!

Missions Working Group 

You also attend the next meeting session of the Missions Working Group, an open-door, no commitment, quarterly meeting where you can learn more about what’s going on with Missions at Manchester. All are welcome, childcare is available, and we will have snacks!

Core Classes

Group of people smiling

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

For more information or assistance in enrolling in an upcoming class, please contact Pastor Jim Peich or Tiffany Conway.

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Children’s Choirs

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Children’s Choir Mission

To provide an engaging environment for children that encourages musical, spiritual & personal growth through education, fellowship, & outreach.

When We Meet

Children’s Choirs meet on Wednesdays September through April and sing in worship monthly.

Please register by September 8— We must have this information in hand before your child can attend choir!

o   TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE: Registration begins Aug. 1 for 2019-2020

o   FOR THE CHOIR FLYER Children’s 19-20 Choir Flyer

o   FOR CHOIR FAQ’s, CLICK HERE: Children’s Music Q & A

o   Special note for 6th Graders: 6th Grade MUMC Music

For questions or additional info, contact Lori Borger, Director of Children’s Music Ministry.

If you would like to volunteer with any of our Children’s Choir, you must be Safe Sanctuary certified. Please click here to be directed to the forms.

Music Makers and Joyful Noise occasionally travel off-site. MUMC has issued a new consent form for these events. You must fill out a form for each child registered, each year. It will be good through August, 2020. Please complete the Minor form and turn it in at choir or email it to Ethan Massey at [email protected]. You will receive a signed copy to keep for your records. Click here for the consent form. Thank you!

SonShine Singers (grades K & 1)

Director: Tara Sintek    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:35 p.m. in Room 141

SonShine Singers also participate in crafts, games, and fellowship activities.

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Joyful Noise (grades 2 & 3)

Director: Kim Robinson    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m. in Room 133

Joyful Noise members also participate in music theory games, field trips, and outreach activities.

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Music Makers (grades 4-6)

Director: Lori Borger    Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m. in the Music Room (Rm 100)

Music Makers also participate in a fully-staged musical production as an outreach fundraiser.

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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 2015 through Amos House Community, a church in the Catholic Worker tradition. I have prior professional experience as a homeless outreach worker and advocate, a hospital chaplain, and have worked in a variety of non-profits. I am passionate about service, justice, compassion, roller derby, and food. I live in St. Louis City with my partner Kadence and our 80-pound lap dog, Gabe. I joined the staff of Manchester UMC in April 2018.

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 your help.

Missional Opportunities

Fall Family Festival

Each autumn, the Children and Family Ministries at Manchester UMC hosts a Fall Festival for our local community. To help serve the young families in and around our church, we gather as young adults to help plan, coordinate and volunteer at this yearly gathering. Because, you know, you gotta look out for the next generation, right?

Food 4 Kids

For some school-age children who receive reduced/free lunches at school, the weekends can be a time of hungry bellies and food insecurity.  To help students get through the weekends with the food they need, Manchester UMC has partnered with the Parkway and St. Louis School Districts to provide students with backpacks filled with non-perishable food items every Friday. Volunteers fill backpacks each Wednesday from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. in room 138 at Manchester UMC. Volunteers of all ages and abilities as well as parents with young children are welcome. The Young Adult Ministry likes this opportunity because young families can be involved together, and backpack stuffing happens during the time when our children’s choirs meet. Get them babies started early!

Circle of Friends Preschool

The Circle of Friends Preschool at Manchester UMC offers a yearly missional project for children and young families to participate in. Check their website for more information.

Justice Opportunities

One For The Crow Plant Space

We go at least once monthly to work at One For The Crow Plant Space, a garden in South St. Louis City located on the corner of Pennsylvania & Winnebago. The garden provides weekly fresh produce for the emergency food pantry at LifeWise (formerly called Kingdom House) in St. Louis City. Produce is also sold on the second and forth Sundays at Manchester UMC. The garden sits on three lots, two for the garden and the chickens, and one lot that contains a small fruit tree orchard, where we are expecting some new friends this year…bees! Be part of the revolution. Learn to grow your own food.

For more information or if you’d like to help plan a mission or justice activity, please contact Pastor Winter Hamilton.

Young Adult Events

We understand that life can be hectic and busy. That’s why we offer one-time events where you can connect with other young adults without any kind of long-term commitment. Whether it’s going to the movies, trivia nights, concerts, zoo, or just playing board games, we have lots of fun.  In addition, you are welcome to bring a friend…or two!

As always, everyone is welcome!

For more information or if you’d like to plan a young adult event, please contact Pastor Winter Hamilton.

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 our classes like each other so much, they chose to become a group, and remain in study and fellowship together.

Young Adult Groups

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 many offer complimentary childcare. Sometimes, people in classes like each other so much, they chose to become a group, and remain in study and fellowship together.

Upcoming Classes

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. In fact, many of us fall into more than one of these categories.  We live across the St. Louis region and together we have fun, laugh, cry and support each other in this journey of life. No matter who you are, there is room for you at the table.

Our Pastor of Young Adults, Rev. Winter Hamilton would love to help you get plugged in! She enjoys taking people out for coffees and ice cream.

Supportive Communities for Young Adults

We get it. No one likes being labeled or “put into a box.” Most of our folks between the ages of 18 to 35 fall in at least two categories, but could never fully be described as any of them. Here are three very broad strokes describing just a portion of who we are as a community.


The Young Adult Ministry has college-aged folk. Some attend school, others do not. Some are working, others are not. Those who attend school may attend school in the St. Louis area, whereas others are far from home. For our out of town college students, we stay connected through care packages and letters.

We are currently looking to hire a Maryville University Student for a paid internship at Manchester UMC. If you are a Maryville University Student and are passionate about God and want to grow in your discipleship, please contact Rev. Winter Hamilton.  Please email Winter Hamilton with updated college addresses.

Young Singles

Really? Young singles? That’s the name we came up with? We know, we know. You haven’t quite settled down all the way, but you are probably paying most of your own bills. Maybe you’re focusing on your career, maybe you’re dealing with the dating world, maybe you’re unsure of your next step. Wherever you are in this time of growth and transition, we have something for you…except a good name for your demographic. Sorry.

Young Families

It happened. You are officially “tied down”. Being a parent to young ones is hard. We are intentional to offer classes on different days and times, often with childcare. We offer several events and missional opportunities where you can bring kiddos. We also some activities that are just for adults. You know, those times just for you (remember those?).  The Young Adult Ministry often partners with our active Children and Family Ministries as well as our preschool (Circle of Friends) to support you and your family. Mom… Dad…Parent… you got this. You are not alone!

For more information or to get connected to a young adult community, please contact Pastor Winter Hamilton.

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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 plan ourselves and/or partner with others in order to make a positive impact in our community.

Regardless of your age, ability, or experience, we host several seasonal opportunities for you to put faith and love into action by becoming the hands and feet of Jesus Christ in our communities, nation, and world.

If you’re looking for a short-term opportunity to serve others, explore the seasonal missional opportunities that occur onsite and beyond our walls a couple times a year.

Apple Butter Days (October)

Every October, our church participates in a long-standing tradition of making apple butter. This year, the Apple Butter days benefit the Early Response Team. We need volunteers to peel, cook, can, and sell apple butter. Sign Up Here to Volunteer. To learn more, contact John Himpel with any questions. On-site. All Ages.

Fair Trade Market (November)

Every November, we host over 3,000 sq. ft. of Fair Trade products from around the world. By choosing Fair Trade, you ensure equitable wages and treatment for farmers, artisans and their communities. Over 300 volunteers are needed to assist with inventory, set-up, and to assist during the Market in a variety of capacities. Sign up to volunteer here. Email us with questions. On-site. All Ages.

Christmas Missions (December)

There are several opportunities throughout the month of December to serve with our partner organizations- LifeWise STL (formerly Kingdom House), Bridge Bread, HomeFirst, and Epworth. Our Christmas offering typically benefits these agencies. On-site and Off-site. Ages Vary by Opportunity. 

Christmas Tree Lot: Since 1964, the Manchester UMC Tree Lot has been a fixture every holiday season in West County. Sales from our tree lot support a diversity of local charities. The Tree Lot is run by the Manchester United Methodist Men and is supported by over 300 volunteers each year. Email Cliff Hackmann with questions. Off-site. All Ages. 

Gifts in White: Every Christmas season, MUMC participates in alternative gift giving- “Gifts in White“- to benefit our nonprofit ministry partners. The first weekend of December, members and friends at all services are invited to bring new gifts wrapped in plain white paper to benefit those in need. Contact Laurie Hopkins with questions. On-site. All Ages.

Gardening Days (Spring/Summer)

Once a month, our Young Adult Ministry leads the congregation in gardening at One For The Crow Plant Space, a garden in South St. Louis City. The garden provides weekly fresh produce for the emergency food pantry at Kingdom House and is sold on the second and fourth Sundays at MUMC, profiting this mission. You must be 18 years of age or older. Please email Rev. Winter Hamilton for more information.  Off-site.

Market for Missions (June)

The Market for Missions is an annual garage sale to benefit MUMC’s missions programs. Volunteer to set up for the Market from June 2-8, donate June 2-5, and shop June 7-8, 2019. If you would like more information, please contact Genny SchumacherOn-site. All Ages. 

MO-Hab Riders (June)

The MO-Hab Riders have been bicycling to create awareness and raise funds for Habitat for Humanity since 1998. Over the 22 years of partnership, Manchester UMC has contributed to and worked on many of the 400 Habitat for Humanity homes built in St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Whether you are new to bicycling, have years of experience, or want to support us financially, we have a place for you- please contact Alison Gaffney or Mary Corwin. Off-site.

Sneakers with Soul (July/August)

The mission of Sneakers with Soul is to ensure that one day no child will go back to school without a new pair of shoes. We ask that you give generously to support the children and youth that are the recipients of the new sneakers. Contact Moe Parisien with questions. On-site and Off-site. All Ages.

Ready to Get Started? 

If you’re ready to learn more or participate in a missional opportunity, please reach out to the program leader or email our Director of Missions, Autumn Dennis, and we’ll help you get connected right away!

Missions Working Group 

You can also attend the next meeting session of the Missions Working Group, an open-door, no commitment, quarterly meeting where you can learn more about what’s going on with Missions at Manchester. All are welcome, childcare is available, and we will have snacks!


Photo of cross on a hill as the sun is rising.

Dates:  Sundays, Aug. 4 to Dec.  22, 2019
Times:  9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Location:  Room 311 | Manchester UMC
Leader:  Mark Irving

Description:  Join us as we look at the UM Church from its inception to today and discuss Gil Rendle’s book, Journey In The Wilderness.  On Aug. 26, we will begin studying John Dominic Crossan’s The Challenges of Paul.  On Sept. 29, we will begin the All-Church study, Defying Gravity.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Please register one person per form below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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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 time together. Supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own! This class has the potential to continue meeting if folks come, so be sure to show up and bring your creative skills!

Register below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Winter Hamilton.

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Manchester UMC: “2021 Plan”


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 teams of laity, staff and clergy be formed to collaboratively develop strategies that support the achievement of the six priorities and their goals.

In February 2018, the Leadership Board of Manchester UMC approved the “2018-2021 Priorities” (PDF) and the creation of six cross-functional “WIN Teams” comprised of nearly 50 members, clergy and staff to work on each priority and goal. Each WIN Team was also asked to determine if the goal is achievable and to advise if the goal needed to be adjusted.

During 2018 and 2019, the WIN Teams have been working hard and providing updates on their progress to the Leadership Board. In some cases, WIN Teams are needing to increase their goals because of great momentum. In other cases, new data and insights is informing new and revised strategies. In all cases, the six WIN Teams are working collaboratively to move toward their 2021 goal.

“2021 Plan” Values

The values necessary to successfully accomplish the “2021 Plan” are:

  1. Christ focused
  2. Shared Accountability
  3. Regularly assess progress
  4. Celebrate successes and learning
  5. Transparent Communication
  6. Grow trust and teamwork

Stay Informed & Offer Input

This page is designed to keep the people of Manchester UMC informed about the “2021 Plan” and specifically about the work of each WIN Team. Minutes from WIN Team meetings are posted to this page as soon as they become available. Questions, ideas and input related to the work of each WIN Team are invited and can be emailed to the leader of the WIN Team (shown below).

“WIN Team” Information & Minutes

1.) WORSHIP –  Shape our worship experiences to reach a broad demographic.

2.) MISSION –  Provide needed resources and assistance to residents in our local communities.

3.) DISCIPLESHIP –  Grow the number of people connecting in Christian community and living more missionally.

4.) YOUTH –  Grow the number of middle and senior high students actively engaged at Manchester UMC.

5.) YOUNG ADULTS-  Grow the number of people ages 25 to 35 having a first-time experience with Manchester UMC.

6.) GENEROSITY –  Strengthen and grow the financial resources of Manchester UMC.

HEALTH GROUP: Flu Shots Available Fall 2019

Flu shot with Medical Professional

Day:               Sundays, Oct. 6 & 13, 2019
Time:              8 a.m. – Noon
Location:       Fellowship Hall | Manchester United Methodist Church
Leader:          Walgreens Pharmacists

Description:  We are once again teaming up with Walgreens Pharmacy to provide on-site flu shots on Sundays, Oct. 6 and 13, 2019.  You will need to pre-register for a timeslot by signing up at the Information Center on Sunday mornings or by emailing Tiffany Conway.

On the day of your appointment, please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment and bring your completed Walgreens Waiver and your insurance card.

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.


Day:               Second Mondays

Leader:          Dorothy Wilkes

Description:  The Hospitality ministry of Manchester UMC is an active group of adults that meet on the second Monday of each month.  The Hospitality ministry provides food and beverages for special occasions and funerals.  The group members also enjoy fellowship and welcome new members.

To learn more information about the Hospitality ministry, please complete below:

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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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 traditionally attributed to Paul. To establish the historical context in which the prophets spoke for God, daily 15 min. reading assignments draw also on the books of Deuteronomy through Chronicles.  It explores all experiences of life with Jewish/Christian emphasis, as well as learning about the opportunities for faithful witness and service. There is no prerequisite for this class.  Book:  $40.00

For enrollment assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.

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Register for a Special Class

IMPORTANT:  Please complete one form per attendee.

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 was the creation of a centralized “Information Center” (in lieu of having 8 individual kiosks lined up along the wall). This is a model that many other churches have found to be successful and it is working well at Manchester UMC too!

The “Information Center” is staffed by up to 3 volunteers before and after each Sunday service. Volunteers are equipped to answer questions about current ministry promotions, help recruit volunteers for upcoming programs and also sell bridge bread, grocery cards, tickets, books, etc.

If your ministry would like to have information on an upcoming program or event promoted at the Information Center, please complete the below form. We recommend that all requests be made at least one month prior to your preferred start date. Since space is limited, requests are on a first-come, first- serve basis in most cases.


  • All requests must be received at least 14 days prior to the Sunday you wish to begin.
  • Due to limited space behind the Information Center counter, trained Information Center volunteers will be responsible for the information/items your ministry wants to make available (e.g. literature, tickets, sign-ups, sales, etc.).
  • All information/items must be provided to Tiffany Conway by the Wednesday prior to the Sunday where they will be available at the Information Center.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Tiffany Conway.