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Interim Senior Pastor - Alan Pruitt

Alan Pruitt joins the leadership team as Interim Senior Pastor for Ashland through July 1, 2017. He grew up in Elmo, Missouri and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and St. Paul School of Theology. Alan served the following local churches in Missouri: Garden City, Knob Noster, St. Joseph, Stockton, Claycomo, Kansas City and Independence. He also served as a campus minister at Central Missouri State University. After 40 years of active ministry, he has served as a hospice chaplain the last seven years for Kendallwood Hospice and Crossroads Hospice. Alan and his spouse, Venny, have five children who live in the Metropolitan Kansas City area. They also have eight grandchildren and one great grandson. Alan has been active in mission work within the state and internationally in Mozambique, Cuba, and Costa Rica. In his leisure he enjoys working in the out-doors and playing with his grandchildren.

** Alan works with the following ministries: trustees, generosity, missions, staff-parish relations, and lay leadership development **

 

 

Alan Pruitt joins the leadership team as Interim Senior Pastor for Ashland through July 1, 2017. He grew up in Elmo, Missouri and graduated from Northwest Missouri State University and St. Paul School of Theology. Alan served the following local churches in Missouri: Garden City, Knob Noster, St. Joseph, Stockton, Claycomo, Kansas City and Independence. He also served as a campus minister at Central Missouri State University. After 40 years of active ministry, he has served as a hospice chaplain the last seven years for Kendallwood Hospice and Crossroads Hospice. Alan and his spouse, Venny, have five children who live in the Metropolitan Kansas City area. They also have eight grandchildren and one great grandson. Alan has been active in mission work within the state and internationally in Mozambique, Cuba, and Costa Rica. In his leisure he enjoys working in the out-doors and playing with his grandchildren.

** Alan works with the following ministries: trustees, generosity, missions, staff-parish relations, and lay leadership development **

 

 

Associate Pastor - Tere DeWitt

Pastor Tere DeWitt has served as Associate Pastor at Ashland since 2010. She taught math and science for over 25 years before answering God's call to ministry. Tere grew up on the family farm riding horses and fishing with her grandparents. A lifelong Methodist, she has been especially active in youth ministries, hospitality ministries, and mission work. At Ashland, her areas of emphasis are Radical Hospitality, Intentional Faith Development, Marriage Ministries, Member Care, and Fellowship Ministries. For fun, Tere likes to read mysteries, putter around in her flowers, and watch NFL games with her husband, Gary; of course the Chiefs are her favorite team.

** Tere works with the following ministries: Inviting and Hospitality, Sunday School, prayer ministries, Bible study groups, fellowship ministries, and the Adult 50+ group **

 

Pastor Tere DeWitt has served as Associate Pastor at Ashland since 2010. She taught math and science for over 25 years before answering God's call to ministry. Tere grew up on the family farm riding horses and fishing with her grandparents. A lifelong Methodist, she has been especially active in youth ministries, hospitality ministries, and mission work. At Ashland, her areas of emphasis are Radical Hospitality, Intentional Faith Development, Marriage Ministries, Member Care, and Fellowship Ministries. For fun, Tere likes to read mysteries, putter around in her flowers, and watch NFL games with her husband, Gary; of course the Chiefs are her favorite team.

** Tere works with the following ministries: Inviting and Hospitality, Sunday School, prayer ministries, Bible study groups, fellowship ministries, and the Adult 50+ group **

 

Kathy Cordero - Director of Fiscal and Children's Ministries

Kathy has been directing Children's Ministries and the Mother's Day Out program at Ashland since 1998. She enjoys her work with children of all ages and especially enjoys helping them to grow in their knowledge of God and the Bible. In the summer of 2013, Kathy was additionally appointed Director of Fiscal Ministries. Kathy has four daughters - Cristy, Becky (and son-in-law Aaron), Teresa, and Tori, and one grand-daughter, Eliza. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and watching football - especially the Chiefs.

** Kathy works with the children's and fiscal ministries **

 

 

 

Kathy has been directing Children's Ministries and the Mother's Day Out program at Ashland since 1998. She enjoys her work with children of all ages and especially enjoys helping them to grow in their knowledge of God and the Bible. In the summer of 2013, Kathy was additionally appointed Director of Fiscal Ministries. Kathy has four daughters - Cristy, Becky (and son-in-law Aaron), Teresa, and Tori, and one grand-daughter, Eliza. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, and watching football - especially the Chiefs.

** Kathy works with the children's and fiscal ministries **

 

 

 

Shaun Agnew - Director of Worship Arts and Web Ministries

Shaun has been the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Ashland since May 2004, directly after earning his B.S. in Vocal Music Education with a performance emphasis from Missouri Western State University. He is responsible for all church programs related to worship, music, and worship arts. This includes directing the Chancel Choir, Bell Tones handbell choir, and the worship team and praise band. With the support of a worship concept team, Shaun is charged with designing and organizing each of Ashland's worship services. Other areas he is in charge of include the drama ministries, the Audio/Visual technology teams, all special events and concerts hosted by Ashland, as well as directing all web, videography, and social media ministries. Outside of Ashland, Shaun is an adjunct professor of music at Missouri Western State University where he teaches private voice, fundamentals of voice and works heavily in the musical theatre program. Shaun is also active in the community as a director, performer, soloist, especially with the local community theatre, Robidoux Resident Theatre. In December 2009, Shaun completed his M.A. degree in choral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. When not working or singing, Shaun loves spending quality time with his wife, Jessica, and their dynamic dog-duo, Ferris and Fiona.

** Shaun works with the following ministires: music, worship, technology, drama, web development and social media. **

Shaun has been the Director of Music and Worship Arts at Ashland since May 2004, directly after earning his B.S. in Vocal Music Education with a performance emphasis from Missouri Western State University. He is responsible for all church programs related to worship, music, and worship arts. This includes directing the Chancel Choir, Bell Tones handbell choir, and the worship team and praise band. With the support of a worship concept team, Shaun is charged with designing and organizing each of Ashland's worship services. Other areas he is in charge of include the drama ministries, the Audio/Visual technology teams, all special events and concerts hosted by Ashland, as well as directing all web, videography, and social media ministries. Outside of Ashland, Shaun is an adjunct professor of music at Missouri Western State University where he teaches private voice, fundamentals of voice and works heavily in the musical theatre program. Shaun is also active in the community as a director, performer, soloist, especially with the local community theatre, Robidoux Resident Theatre. In December 2009, Shaun completed his M.A. degree in choral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. When not working or singing, Shaun loves spending quality time with his wife, Jessica, and their dynamic dog-duo, Ferris and Fiona.

** Shaun works with the following ministires: music, worship, technology, drama, web development and social media. **

Amy Grooms - Director of Youth Ministries
Amy has been involved with the youth program for years and became the Director of Youth Ministries in 2013. She loves working with the youth and teaching them about God's love and the redemption we have in Jesus. Amy especially delights in the fun activities involved with the youth program. She is married to Brad who also participates with the youth activities. They have two teenage daughters: Madi and Abbey. Amy loves spending time with family and friends. 

** Amy works with the following ministries: youth **
 
Amy has been involved with the youth program for years and became the Director of Youth Ministries in 2013. She loves working with the youth and teaching them about God's love and the redemption we have in Jesus. Amy especially delights in the fun activities involved with the youth program. She is married to Brad who also participates with the youth activities. They have two teenage daughters: Madi and Abbey. Amy loves spending time with family and friends. 

** Amy works with the following ministries: youth **
 
Teresa Cordero - Director of Young Adult Ministries

Teresa is a life long member of Ashland. After many years actively working with the Youth Ministry, she became Young Adult Ministry Director in 2014 and  is excited to continue on with the young people she has spent so much time with. She also volunteers her time with other ministries of the church by serving on various teams including Radical Hospitality and Fellowship where she organizes the annual Basket Auction for Missions. In her spare time, she enjoys antiquing and refurbishing furniture and spoiling her niece, Eliza. Teresa is also a football fan and loves her Kansas City Chiefs. 

** Teresa works with young adult ministries **

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Teresa is a life long member of Ashland. After many years actively working with the Youth Ministry, she became Young Adult Ministry Director in 2014 and  is excited to continue on with the young people she has spent so much time with. She also volunteers her time with other ministries of the church by serving on various teams including Radical Hospitality and Fellowship where she organizes the annual Basket Auction for Missions. In her spare time, she enjoys antiquing and refurbishing furniture and spoiling her niece, Eliza. Teresa is also a football fan and loves her Kansas City Chiefs. 

** Teresa works with young adult ministries **

Click here to email Teresa

 

 

Chris Barber - Office Manager

Chris began working at Ashland in September of 2009. Her duties and responsibilities continue to expand, some of which are Ashland's communications including printed publications, announcement slides, maintaining the church calendar, Information Technology support, and a variety of other tasks. Originally from Kentucky and a coal miner's daughter, she has also lived in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, and, of course, Missouri. She has two children and four grandchildren. Her hobbies are reading, the computer and being with family and friends. Chris and her husband, Frank, have been members of Ashland since October 2002.

** Chris works with the following ministries: communications and information technology **

 

 

Chris began working at Ashland in September of 2009. Her duties and responsibilities continue to expand, some of which are Ashland's communications including printed publications, announcement slides, maintaining the church calendar, Information Technology support, and a variety of other tasks. Originally from Kentucky and a coal miner's daughter, she has also lived in Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia, and, of course, Missouri. She has two children and four grandchildren. Her hobbies are reading, the computer and being with family and friends. Chris and her husband, Frank, have been members of Ashland since October 2002.

** Chris works with the following ministries: communications and information technology **

 

 

Sara Mahaffy - Organist

Sara has been the organist at Ashland for over 30 years, during which she also served as director of children's choir for 16 years and began and directed the Bell Tones handbell choir for over 25 years. She earned a B.MEd. and M.Mus with a concentration in organ from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Having served as organist at churches in Texas and Oklahoma as well as here at Ashland, she is pleased to have been able to use her musical talents in this way of serving God for over 50 years. Sara is also a retired piano and organ teacher. Sara's husband, Don, is a retired mathematics profesor. They have two children, two grandsons, and four granddaughters. When Sara is not doing musical things, she enjoys reading, gardening, playing Wii, volunteer work, and traveling.

Sara has been the organist at Ashland for over 30 years, during which she also served as director of children's choir for 16 years and began and directed the Bell Tones handbell choir for over 25 years. She earned a B.MEd. and M.Mus with a concentration in organ from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Having served as organist at churches in Texas and Oklahoma as well as here at Ashland, she is pleased to have been able to use her musical talents in this way of serving God for over 50 years. Sara is also a retired piano and organ teacher. Sara's husband, Don, is a retired mathematics profesor. They have two children, two grandsons, and four granddaughters. When Sara is not doing musical things, she enjoys reading, gardening, playing Wii, volunteer work, and traveling.

Additional Staff Members

Sammy Aures - Custodian

Mary Norris - Friday Office Clerk

Leah Conrad - Weekend Hospitality 

Bobbie Sue Bareiss - Nursery Attendant

Sammy Aures - Custodian

Mary Norris - Friday Office Clerk

Leah Conrad - Weekend Hospitality 

Bobbie Sue Bareiss - Nursery Attendant

 

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Ashland United Methodist Church  *  2711 Ashland Avenue  *  St. Joseph, MO  64506  *  (816)-279-7419

Sunday Morning Worship Times  *  8:00  *  9:00  *  11:00

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Ashland United Methodist Church  *  2711 Ashland Avenue  *  St. Joseph, MO  64506  *  (816)-279-7419

Sunday Morning Worship Times  *  8:00  *  9:00  *  11:00