Wendy Minshall, Pastor (to contact, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
I grew up going to church with my Grandma. In 1999, I started visiting Woods Chapel Church, which was a United Methodist Church. It was in the Methodist church that I learned about grace. Not just the grace that God gives- but that we are supposed to extend that grace to others. In 2005, I went on staff at WCC helping with Upward Basketball and after a long discernment process, I finally answered the call to become a pastor in 2013. In 2015 I was appointed to Odessa First UMC and Concordia UMC. In 2017, my appointment was changed to Odessa First UMC and Wellington UMC. I was appointed to Peculiar United Methodist Church in July 2019 and quickly found that this is a very special place! I am grateful for God’s transforming grace and amazing love.
Family: I am married to Chris Minshall. Our family includes Nicholas Fangrow and his fiancé, Nikki; Christopher Fangrow, his wife, Becca and their little boy Ryan, two dogs- Bella & Bear, and two granddogs- Cope & Bailey. Chris and I have both lost our parents, but are grateful to have a large extended family. I love my family with all of my heart.
Favorite Scripture: I can’t decide! Either Matthew 25:34-46 (Whatever you did for the least of these, you did it for Me…) or Psalm 139:1-18 (O Lord, You have searched me known me…)
My favorite thing about PUMC? I LOVE how friendly everyone is and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the church sits between two schools and opens it’s doors to lots of youth!
Erin Johnston, Secretary – (To contact, e-mail email@example.com)
I have been a member of Peculiar UMC my entire life! I love this church and the family! I enjoy spending time with my family and serving others! I have worked for the Church since 2011, as the secretary and I love my job! Not many people can say that!
Family: I am married to Corey Johnston and we have 4 kids! We have a Service Dog named Ninja (for our son) and a cat named Remington. We are extremely close to our extended families and are so grateful we have them!
Favorite Scripture: For I will walk by faith even when I cannot see 2 Corinthians 5:7
What is your favorite thing about PUMC? The people!!! We have the most amazing church family! They are hands down the most caring and loving people who love to serve others and the Lord!
Zach Craft, Worship Arts Director – (to contact, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
My siblings and I came to know Jesus through family church activities. I was blessed to be in a church let me play guitar and sing for the service. Worship has since been an integral part of my relationship with Christ. I am incredibly blessed and grateful to call this pursuit and exploration of God’s character in melody and song an act of service to the church.
Family: Born in the small town of Butler Missouri to Kelly and Deann Craft; I grew up the middle sibling to my older brother Kris and little sister Lacy. I also have a puppy dawg on the sound team. Her name is Ophie and she loves to lick faces and get belly rubs.
Favorite Scripture: Psalms 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will grant you the desires of your heart” – for all the ways I seek to fulfill my heart’s desire none has been more fruitful than by surrendering to the Lord in Love, Service, and the pursuit of obedience to doing His will, not my own.
What is your favorite thing about PUMC? My favorite thing about PUMC is observing and being a part of the people here who truly find Joy in pursuing the character of Jesus. The praise team is a place I go for spiritual refuge. We sing we laugh, we play, and we pray.
Sarah Oliver, Director of Spiritual Formation – (to contact, e-mail email@example.com)
About You: I grew up at Peculiar United Methodist Church. I was baptized as an infant here, confirmed in my faith, I was married, my 3 children were baptized here and my husband joined the church as well. Peculiar United Methodist church is my home…My Family. A majority of my extended family lives out of state so Peculiar UMC is where I grew up. I do not have many memories that do not include this church or someone from it. I love it so much that I have now am raising my family here.
Family: I am married to Kevin Oliver. Our family includes Kenya who attends NWMSU as a sophomore, Kevin Jr who is a junior at Ray-Pec, Kennan who is a freshman at Ray-Pec, 2 fur boys Dexter and Ad (Labradors). My immediate family also attends PUMC. My parents, sister’s family and a whole lot of more church family attend there!
Favorite Scripture: Romans 12:4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
What is your favorite thing about PUMC? I love how comfortable the kids, people feel when they come through the doors.
Jen Inman, Director of Children’s Ministry – (to contact, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)
About You: I grew up in Topeka, Kansas. I am the oldest in my family, I have a younger brother and a sister. After high school, I attended Baker University to major in Elementary Education. In the first semester of my sophomore year, I was student teaching in a 2nd-grade classroom and was surprised at the amount of time and money teachers spent making sure students had adequate food, clothing, and a safe place to go after school. That experience left an impact on me and so I switched my major to social work thinking that might be an area I could make a bigger impact with children and let the teachers focus on teaching. I transferred to Washburn University to complete my degree but decided I needed to challenge myself way outside my comfort zone before settling into adulthood, so I enlisted in the Army
Reserves. I spent a year on active duty at Ft. Leonard-Wood and Ft. Sam Houston for training as a combat medic and a mental health specialist. After returning to Topeka I worked with the Intake and Assessment team at Shawnee County Mental Health Center where I met an incredibly kind, handsome, engaging young man who worked on the Case Management team. That started my favorite journey yet as a wife and mom!
About Your Family: Rod and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary this fall. We were married in Topeka, but soon after our second daughter was born Rod returned to active duty with the Army Reserves as a Career Counselor. We have lived in Hutchinson, Kansas, in Tomah, Wisconsin, and in Rineyville, Kentucky before returning to this area in 2013 to be back near our parents and families. I have three children, the oldest being my step-son Miles who lives in Rossville with his mom and is very active in Special Olympics and powerlifting competitions. My middle child is my daughter, Hannah, is a freshman at Pittsburg State University majoring in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Autism Studies and Sign Language, and my youngest is my daughter, Haileigh, who is a is a junior at Ray-Pec High School and a very talented artist, baker, and singer. We have a lot of animals that rotate in out of our lives, currently, we have one dog and three cats who fill our lives and home with plenty of fun and love, and fur!
Favorite Scripture: Philippians 4:13 and Galatians 5:13
What is your favorite thing about PUMC? I love that our church is open and welcoming to all, that we embrace each other as family, and that we are always looking for new ways to spread God’s word and grace in service to each other, our community, and the world. We may be considered a small church by some, but our love is mighty!
Samuel Sweetser, Director of Student Ministries – (to contact, e-mail: email@example.com
About Me: I grew up in California, I grew up going to church but it wasn’t until I was 17 that I realized I needed to follow Christ fully and make that decision for myself. In doing that He showed me more of who He is and how much He loves me and in knowing that I know who I am and who I was created to be.
About My Family: Married to Tiare and have two kids Koa and Isaia
Favorite Scripture: Romans 8:31-39
Linda Pierson, Worship Music Accompanist , (to contact, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
About Me: I grew up in Warsaw, MO. I accepted Christ as my Savior as a young girl. I went to college at Central Missouri State University. I received both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from CMSU. I student taught band at Raymore-Peculiar under the supervision of Mr. Rod Young. I student taught band at Raymore-Peculiar under the supervision of Mr. Rod Young. I started teaching elementary and middle school band in the Fall of 1976. The Peculiar Community has been my home since then and the Peculiar UMC family is a very important part of my life. I have always loved playing hymns & I love being the accompanist for both the traditional and contemporary services. Also, I coordinate the church tour group & really enjoy planning events.
Family: I am married to Keith Pierson. We will be married 42 yrs this year. Our family includes Matthew Pierson, a Major in the Army. He is now deployed in Iraq. Jonathan Pierson, his wife Kelsey Pierson, their son, Louis Pierson, and their dog Conway.
Favorite Chapter & Verse: Psalms 91: 1-16, Verse 2: I will say if the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God, in him will I trust. The Psalms have so much about music and is my favorite book of the Bible.
Favorite thing about PUMC: The People that make up our church family.