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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:

Co-Chairs: Donna Cole & Paul Esser

Pastor: Rev. Jenny Arneson

Ministry Team Chairs: Cheri Hiller & Mike Vavrus, Staff Parish Relations; Sarah Bolen, Finance; Bo Wink, Trustees; Pat Harrington, Outreach; Terry Twedell, Scholarship; Barb Nelson, Financial Secretary.

At-Large Members: Doug Ayers, Christy Stover, Jack Malone

Church Staff: Laura Meixner, Administrative Assistant; Deb Mulhern, Dir. of Connecting Ministries; Amanda Hinthorn, Dir. of Christian Education & LOGOS Ministry; Lisa Wink, Finance, Dir. of Small Groups & Tech Support Ministries; Rev. Brad Mather, Dir. of Caring Ministries.

Meeting Minutes

Annual Church Conference – December 2020