Meet the Staff Team


Rev. Fred Leist - Lead Pastor

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Works with a team of clergy committed to excellence of worship and an outward focus toward ministering to both the local and global communities. He has served for 33 years as pastor of local congregations in a variety of settings ranging from small town to inner city to suburban communities. His most recent appointment in the Missouri Conference has been as District Superintendent of the Southeast District of the Missouri Conference. His role on the Missouri Cabinet for five years has provided him with on-the-job training for best practices in fruitfulness and effectiveness in local church ministry.
“I firmly believe that the local church is the place where faithful followers of Christ are formed, lives are transformed and communities are impacted,” said Leist.


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+ Tim Coday - Director of Music Ministries

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Oversees all musical ensembles of MUMC, including the Chancel Choir and coordinates all music for all church services. He is a lifetime performer, conductor and educator, and his musical interests include everything from bluegrass to opera.

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+ Craig Datz - Organist

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+ Madison Denton - Director of College Ministries

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+ Adriene Floyd - Office Manager

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Manages the administrative functions of the church. Membership data both old and new, HR and benefits, baptisms, memorial services, office operations. Herds cats. Her varied work background includes teaching elementary music, managing non-profits, and playing keyboards in a southern rock band. Loves playing piano, spoiling grandkids, and precious time spent with family.

+ Robert Floyd - Facilities and Audiovisual Coordinator

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+ Courtney Gaunt - Director, Discovery Days

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+ Teressa Gilbreth - Director of Communications

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Handles the news, marketing, graphic design, branding, website, media relations, social media and digital strategy for the church and all its ministries. She’s married with two kids and two dogs, and has lived in Columbia since she came to Mizzou’s School of Journalism. Her background is in magazine feature writing, editing online courses and media relations at the University. She’s a lover of post-it notes, candy, Diet Coke and her family—not in that order.

+ Rev. Charity Goodwin - Pastor of Discipleship

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Charity's Call Story

Leads weekly worship for The City Worship Movement. Believes that the one hour in church on Sunday is meant to inspire (over time) a daily relationship with Jesus and faith practices for the rest of the week. A certified facilitator of Brene Brown's research, her personal mission is to live, teach, and inspire emotional healing and wholeness. A Mizzou J-School graduate, she loves spending time with her two young sons, dancing and listening to podcasts.

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+ Jacqui Jamieson - Assistant Director, Discovery Days

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+ Katja Jones - Director of Youth Ministries

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Oversees the ministries for youth and the discipleship pathway for youth.

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+ Sam Kennedy - Director of Children’s Ministries

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+ Jo Lee - Events Coordinator

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Handles all things calendar, scheduling and building related and manages facility stewards to work with the many outside groups that use our facility. She joined MUMC after 20 years as a traveling military wife and administrator for organizations such as the school district in Anchorage, Alaska.

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+ Liz Rettke - Discipleship Program Administrative Assistant

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+ Keisha Rush - Praise Team Director

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+ Bess Siebuhr - Full-Charge Bookkeeper

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+ Douglas Tarwater - Financial Administrator

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Additional Staff

Rachel Blomquist, Grace Notes Choir
David Ezeji, Facility Steward
Karen Fender, Graphic Designer
Gabriella Miller, Nursery Coordinator
Kaye Miller, Director of Wesleyan Ringers
Rochelle Parker, Associate Organist
Max Ridenhour, Facility Steward
Marilyn Rowe, Serendipity Choir
Janet Deneke - Pastoral Care Support - Email