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Accountable Leadership Board

In 2016, SPUMC moved to the Accountable Leadership Board model, in which the former Church Council became the Leadership Board of approximately 12 persons.  This is a streamlined model of ministry that allows the Leadership Board, along with the pastor and program staff to give oversight, direction and purpose to the programs and ministries of the church.


The Leadership Board coordinates the functions of several of our committees with the intention of reducing the number of meetings needed to conduct the administrative business of the church. The hands-on ministry is done by “teams” whose responsibilities will be to do ministry, such as the Staff Parish Relations Team, Stewardship Team, Outreach Team, Trustees Team, Children’s Ministry Team, Reconciling Team, Safe Sanctuaries Team, and Scholarship Team. This leadership model holds the mission of the church as primary and puts larger numbers of people in ministry.


Members of the Leadership Board are to be intentionally growing in faith, as well as setting an example for the congregation. There is time allotted at each Leadership Board meeting for spiritual formation before getting into the business of the Board.

In addition to all our faithful volunteers serving in ministry at SPUMC, the members of the Leadership Board include:

            Chair:  Jack Malone

            Secretary:  Cheri Hiller

            Lay Members to Annual Conference:  Connie Meyer, Mike Vavrus

            Finance/Stewardship:  Sarah Bolen

            Trustees:  Co-Chairs Judy Krebs, Janine Punzel

            SPRC:  Pat Flaherty

            Associate Pastor of Faith Formation (Children, Youth and Young Adults):  Claire Douglass

            Outreach:  Pat Harrington

            Scholarship:  Terry Twedell

At Large Members

            Christy Stover, Cheri Hiller, Christie Tubbs, Paul Esser, Dee Heller


            Lead Pastor:  Jenny Arneson

            Director of Caring Ministries:  Brad Mather

            Director of Connecting Ministries:  Deb Mulhern

            Associate Pastor of Faith Formation:  Claire Douglass

             Director of Technology and Online Communications: Amanda Hinthorn

            Administrative Assistant:  Abby Hawkinson

            Financial Secretary: Sarah Bolen

            Treasurer:  Lisa Wink

Leadership Board 2023

Front Row (L-R): Jack Malone, Sarah Bolen, Patricia Harrington, Christy Tubbs, Judy Krebs

Back Row (L-R): Cheri Hiller, Terry Twedell, Pastor Jenny Arneson, Lisa Wink , Pat Flaherty

Not pictured: Dee Heller, Paul Esser

Meeting Minutes

Annual Church Conference – December 2023

If you would like a church conference paper booklet from 2023, please reach out to the church office.