OUR BELIEFS & LEADERSHIP

Schweitzer is a Christ-Centered, Community-Focused Church,
in the Methodist tradition.

OUR MISSION

 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)

We live out this mission by being a church that is Christ-Centered & Community Focused.
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WE ARE CHrist Centered

We Worship Together • We are for one another • We are engaged in formation
We Worship Together
We Care for One Another
We are Engaged in Formation

WE ARE COMMUNITY FOCUSED

We engage in Evangelism • We serve our Community • We pursue Healing
We Engage in Evangelism
We Serve our Community
We Pursue Healing

PASTORS & STAFF

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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@schweitzer.church
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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@schweitzer.church
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Sheila Pippin

Pastor of Congregational Care

"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@schweitzer.church
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Donna Roberts

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 Donna at droberts@schweitzer.church
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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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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
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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@schweitzer.church
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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@schweitzer.church
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DOUG KING

MODERN WORSHIP DIRECTOR

"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@schweitzer.church
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Cory Luczywo

Director of Connections

My passion is to help people to form life-giving, discipling communities, equipping and empowering each other to pursue life together with God.

Email Cory  at Cory@schweitzer.church
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LEVI ZEN

director of STUDENT ministries

I believe as a student minister, it is my responsibility to assist in the inter-generational
goal of shaping of students into the ministers that we are all called to be and I believe that it is the
goal of the Church as a whole to build the faith of the next generation.

Email Levi at lzen@schweitzer.church
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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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ALEC KNOPF

VIDEO PRODUCER

"I have a passion for helping people engage spiritually through creativity and digital media"

Email Alec at aknopf@schweitzer.church
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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.

Email Gary at glewis@schweitzer.church or call 417-881-6800

SCHWEITZER BOARD

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 2022 Board Members. 

  • Tressa Moyle, President
  • Jessica Kruse
  • Allen Robbins
  • Cindy Waites
  • Kristin Strong
  • Kevin Luebbering
  • Barbara Blowers
  • Ruth Quigley
  • Tom Fenton
  • Kent Thomas