Transforming Lives by making Disciples of Jesus Christ.


Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:19-20 (NASB)

Our Beliefs

The Apostles' Creed

We believe in God, the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord—who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God, the Father almighty. From thence he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Our Pastors

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Spencer Smith

LEAD pastor

"I live to help people take their next step in trusting God. There’s nothing better than seeing someone living into the abundant life we have in Christ."

Email Spencer at ssmith@sumc.co
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Jason leininger

executive pastor

"God has given me an immense desire to see people walk in the hope of Christ. I experience great joy when someone takes a new step of faith, and when a community reflects the hospitality and peace of God's kingdom."

Email Jason at jleininger@sumc.co
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Jim mason

associate Pastor of pastoral care

”I live to see and experience the power of God in people's lives. One of my greatest passions is to equip and empower others in ministry—that is, to care for others in simple and profound ways."

Email Jim at jmason@schweitzer.church

Our Ministry Leaders

Say hello to the ministry leaders at Schweitzer Church
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mary decker

chief operating officer

"It is my joy to serve on the administrative team, working with all of the ministries to serve the Lord together. I am passionate about stewardship—being a good steward of the things God has given us so we can grow God's kingdom and change lives."

Email Mary at mdecker@schweitzer.church
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Sheila Pippin

director of FIrst impressions

"I believe we are always at our best when we are serving others in the name of Jesus Christ. That's why I love to help people connect their God-given talents to the ministries of the church."

Email Sheila at spippin@sumc.co
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Jenn Brown

Director of Communications

"I believe we serve a creative God that can be seen in all we see, do, worship and experience. My hope is to take a piece of God's creativity and use it in the church setting to create, communicate and share God's story!

Email Jenn at jbrown@schweitzer.church
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Cheryll moll

director of traditional Worship

”I love the power of music to bring people into a closer relationship with God and with each other—it communicates ideas and feelings in a way that transcends words."

Email Cheryll at cmoll@sumc.co
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Stiffany Taylor

director of kids' ministries

"I have a passion for sharing Jesus with others. It is important to meet children at their level, partner with parents and grow with families while leading them into a growing relationship with Jesus."

Email Stiffany at Staylor@sumc.co
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taylor likes

Technical Director

”I believe everyone was made by God with an innate sense of creativity. It's my passion to use media and technology to express that in my life and work, and to help others do the same—all the while having as much fun as possible!"

Email Taylor at tlikes@schweitzer.church
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"Music moves us in ways that most other things cannot. When you add in the gospel of Jesus, music becomes transformative."

Email Doug at dking@sumc.co
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"I have a passion for helping people engage spiritually through creativity and digital media"

Email Alec at aknopf@sumc.co
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Gary Lewis

Facilities Director

I enjoy making our campus a place where people can encounter God in all kinds of spaces.

Contact Gary by phone at 417-881-6800


The Schweitzer Board of Directors provides leadership and accountability for the church's vision and future. Board members rotate off on a regular basis. Below is a list of our current board members.

  • Tressa Moyle, President
  • Meredith Roberts, Secretary
  • Jessica Kruse
  • Allen Robbins
  • Cindy Waites
  • Kristin Strong
  • Hannah Lee
  • Kevin Luebbering
  • Barbara Blowers
  • Ruth Quigley
  • Tom Fenton